Membership

Become a member, and join us on the journey to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. YOU make a difference in the success and growth of the Minnesota Zoo and its thousands of treasured species. Memberships are valid for one full year, and include many engaging benefits for individuals and families.

Membership Levels

Membership Packages Pricing     
Friends Plus $ 250
Household Plus/ Grandparent Plus $ 179
Household/Grandparent $ 155
Dual $ 119
Individual Plus $ 119
Individual $ 65

 

Other Ways to Order

To order by phone call 952.431.9200.
To purchase a Gift Membership for someone else, click here

Members also receive discounted general admission tickets so you can bring additional guests.
  Member Guests
Children ages 2 and younger Free
Children ages 3-12 $    12.95
Adults ages 13-64 $    17.95
Senior 65+ $    12.95

Benefits of Membership

Active participant in saving animals and their natural habitats in Minnesota and around the globe.

The Minnesota Zoo is temporarily closed for daytime attendance due to the recently revised guidelines to help curb the state-wide spread of COVID-19. You can help support the Zoo by attending our Nature Illuminated night-time drive-thru starting December 3, 2020.

Free parking during your visit to the Zoo.

Guests will receive a discount of $2 off adult and $1 off child/senior admission prices. To prevent crowding, you must select your date and time online prior to your visit. Reservations are encouraged one week in advance.

Member Online resources, including Learning Corner, Member Only experience page, weekly communication, and more!

Discount on select programming and events. Pre-registration benefits when available.

10% discount on regular priced merchandise at the Zoo store.

Member only experiences throughout the year.

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Access Your Online Account

Create a new username/password, or enter your information if you are a returning user. Resources include updating email, mailing addresses, membership & gift membership purchases, and access to giving history. Call 952.431.9339 or [email protected] for questions or assistance.

Membership information about our 11/21/2020 closure.

I’m getting renewal notices and you are closed, should I wait to renew?

We encourage you to renew your membership, so you can experience all the Zoo has to offer year-round. Watch for special renewal offers in the mail or email beginning two months prior to your expiration date. Please note that all active memberships on or before November 20, 2020, will be extended by one month and your account will be automatically updated accordingly.

I purchased gift memberships for other families, what are you doing for them?

All active memberships on or before November 20, 2020, will be extended by one month and your account will be automatically updated accordingly.

Can I get an extension of days on my membership?

If your membership is active on or before November 20, 2020, it will be extended by one month and your account will be automatically updated. We depend on your support to ensure the Minnesota Zoo continues to be a world-class Zoo that offers unique nature experiences and provides exceptional care for animals every day. Your support is critical to our success, and we realize you have a choice to make. We appreciate your support of the Zoo.

Can I get a refund, or pause my membership?

Members, like you, play a vital role in our efforts to save wildlife and connect people, animals and the natural world. Your support matters! All active memberships on or before November 20, 2020 will be extended by one month and your account will be automatically updated accordingly.  We hope that you will choose to continue your membership in light of this. However, if you would like to contact [email protected] for an exception to our non-refundable policy, we will assist you as soon as possible.

What is the Zoo doing for members during the closure?

The Zoo is thrilled to offer Nature Illuminated, our new nighttime drive-thru event. Nature Illuminated will be a magical event and we look forward to inviting you into a spectacular world of animals, art, and awe – from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Members receive up to 50% off tickets to this unique and exciting event.  To learn more and reserve your tickets visit our Nature Illuminated webpage. And please check our website often for information and access to our virtual camps.

Membership FAQs

I previously received a complimentary paper ticket. How can I use it?

Click here to complete an online form to reserve your date and time slot at least one week in advance of your planned visit. Admittance is not guaranteed due to limited capacity

Is my membership good at other zoos?

The Minnesota Zoo membership entitles you to discounted admission to more than 100+ zoos across the country.  Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, it is at the discretion of the participating zoos and aquariums as to whether they will be able to honor entrance benefits during this time. We encourage you to call the facility prior to your visit to confirm your benefits. 

Can I use my membership without my member card?

Valid membership cards are suggested for entry ease. Please stop by the Guest Services desk to verify your current membership account with a photo ID. Reservations to visit must be made ahead of time and print at home tickets will be requested along with your photo ID. 

Can I change my membership to a higher category?

Yes, you may upgrade your membership to a higher category at any time by calling 952.431.9304 or by visiting the Guest Services Desk upon your next visit.  The membership expiration date will remain the same and a fee will be charged for the difference in price.

Can my child/children come to the Zoo without the adult cardholders present?

If you have a Household or Household Plus membership, your dependent children (ages 21 and under) are members and can come in for free with your membership card, even if a parent is not present. If the child is old enough to have a school ID or driver’s license, please have them present that with your membership card. If they do not have any picture ID, please send along a note from one of the cardholders. The Household membership doesn’t allow any free guests, but any additional guests not covered by your card would get a discount ($1 off children/seniors and $2 off teenagers/adults). The Household Plus membership allows a member to bring one free guest per membership per day. Under a Household Plus membership, your children are members so they are allowed to bring one free guest of choice with them even if the parent isn’t present. A nanny, babysitter or grandparent could be their guest. Any additional guests not covered by your Household membership card would get a discount ($1 off Children/Seniors and $2 off Adults).

Can my nanny or alternate caretaker be the free guest of my children if the cardholders aren’t present?

The Household Plus membership allows a member to bring one free guest per membership per day. Under a Household Plus membership, your children are members so they are allowed to bring one free guest of choice with them even if the parent isn’t present. A nanny, babysitter or grandparent could be their guest; please contact the membership office so we can add that frequent caretaker to your account. Any additional guests not covered by your Household Plus membership card would get a discount ($1 off Children/Seniors and $2 off Adults).

What is the difference between a Zoo Membership and Friends of the Minnesota Zoo?

Friends of the Minnesota Zoo is a giving society for those who donate $250 or more to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation. Friends of the Minnesota Zoo receive all of the benefits of membership, additional Friends benefits, PLUS two free guests each visit.  More Information

Friends Plus FAQs

Does the Zoo have discounted memberships?

Discounted memberships are available when purchasing a quantity of 10 or more.

How soon can I use my membership when I purchase online or at the Zoo?

You may use your membership the day you purchase it.  When you join online you will receive an e-mail confirmation to use as your temporary membership card during your Zoo visit.  When you purchase at the Zoo your membership starts immediately and you will not be charged for parking or general admission.

Can I purchase a membership as a gift for someone else?

Yes, please call us at 952.431.9478 or order online at http://mnzoo.org/get-involved/membership/gift-memberships/

Do members pay for parking?

No. Parking is free to members during regular Zoo hours. Members who attend concerts will be asked to pay for parking during that time.

Can I bring a guest to member events?

Member events are for members only.  If a friend would like to attend, they may purchase a membership prior to the event.  Membership PLUS categories which include additional guest(s) may bring guest(s) to member events.

How long does it take to receive my member cards?

Cards will arrive approximately one week from the time of purchase. Show your photo ID at guest services upon your visit and your membership can be looked up.

How many cards will I receive? 

You will receive a card for each named adult on the card.

Can I use my membership without my member card?

Please be considerate of others and do not use the Members Lane without a membership card or email confirmation.  Use the general admission lane and your membership will be verified by guest services staff with valid photo ID.  Replacement cards can be purchased at that time for a fee of $3.00 per card.

Can I change the names on my membership?

The names listed on a membership may be changed if there has been a change in the family’s circumstances, such as a death, move, or a change in relationship status. Name change requests, including the reason for change, must be sent in writing to the Minnesota Zoo, Membership Office, 13000 Zoo Blvd. Apple Valley, MN 55124 along with the original cards that were issued.

What if I have other questions?

Send an email to [email protected] or call the Membership office at 952.431.9478. The Membership office is open Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. If you need immediate assistance, please call 952.431.9200

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