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Sacramento Zoo Ticket Prices
Plan ahead and save
Plan-Ahead Pricing gives you the opportunity to plan a zoo visit that matches your budget and schedule.
Ticket prices may increase daily, and the price will never be lower for a particular day than is currently listed. Get the best price for your visit when you purchase your tickets early!
Don’t see your desired date on the calendar? Give us a call at 916-808-5888 for assistance.
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Attractions are separate from admission tickets.
Zoo Train: $4
Conservation Carousel: $3
Kilimanjaro Climb (weekends only): $3
Giraffe Encounter: $5
The attractions only accept credit card. You can purchase tickets in advance with cash at the Member and Visitor Services Office.
Is the Sacramento Zoo free?
Sacramento Zoo members enjoy a FULL YEAR of free entry!
Individual Membership – $60
Admits one adult member
Member Duo – $110
Admits a maximum of two people per visit
Member pre-sale for on-site summer camp
Member FAMILY Pack – $175
Admits two adults
Admits up to four children or grandchildren ages 2-17
Member pre-sale for on-site summer camp*
Member PLUS Pack – $275
Same benefits as Member FAMILY Pack
Two additional adult guests per visit
20 zoo ride tickets*
All memberships Include:
- Enter the Sacramento Zoo for FREE for one year*
- Entry through the member entrance with your membership card
- Special member events and shopping discounts
- Discounted entry to reciprocal zoos*
- Subscription to the zoo e-newsletter
- 10% off at Zoofari Market & concessions*
*Benefits are subject to availability
- Learn more about the benefits of being a Sacramento Zoo member!
It takes most people about 2 hours to visit the zoo and see every animal. Even 14 acres can seem like a lot of room to cover, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes!
You can bring in your own food and drink. We just ask that you leave alcohol, single use straws, and glass containers at home for the safety of our animals and guests.
We also offer a variety of food and drink options on site. We have several locations offering a variety of food options – from classic grill items such as fresh Angus beef burgers, beef franks and fresh salads made daily with locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream carts and pretzel stands are also stationed around the zoo. Enjoy our outdoor dining experiences with picnic tables sanitized after every use, located near the dining area.
The majority of the animals are most active in the morning or evening rather than in the hot Sacramento heat of summer.
Warmer days in March and October tend to be ideal for visiting the Sacramento Zoo. We’re not as crowded, and school groups’ reservations are low. When it’s wet, you can still go wild! The cooler weather means that more animals will be active in their enclosures.
Animal welfare is always top priority for us at the Sacramento Zoo. We make sure, during extreme weather, that animals have access to their indoor dens if they need to cool off. We also provide various cooling enrichments like misters, water baths and various frozen treats. In hot weather, we can go through hundreds of pounds of ice in a day by providing it as a cooling method in various exhibits and habitats! Certain animals, like the snow leopards, jaguars and orangutans also have pools to cool off in. But fans, misters, ice and comfy cool dens are all helpful on hot summer days.
To continue to fulfill the zoo’s mission in conservation and animal welfare and become a world-class facility, the zoo is exploring a plan to relocate to a larger, more accessible location.
With an eye toward building a larger, more modern zoological park, as well as improving animal care and habitat, the visitor experience, and amenities, the Sacramento Zoological Society and the City of Elk Grove entered into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement today to evaluate relocating the Sacramento Zoo to Elk Grove.
Yes! Strollers and manual wheelchairs are available in our gift shop. The daily charge for a double stroller is $14 and the wheel chairs are $15. There is only one stroller size, made of plastic, to fit a variety of children. The strollers have a small storage space in the back.
No advance reservations are available.
No. All minors are required to be accompanied by an 18+ adult at time of entry and throughout their visit. The adult must have a valid entry, either through a ticket, membership, or zoo pass.
FAQ’s for Plan-Ahead Pricing
Plan-Ahead Pricing means that different days and times have different prices based on several factors, including capacity, seasonality, and how many people are interested in that time. In general, prices for periods with higher estimated attendance will be reflected in a higher price. This allows us to more evenly spread-out visitors and help provide a consistent and positive guest experience.
The Sacramento Zoo’s pricing calendar lists the price for the next 60 days. Guests are encouraged to explore the calendar to find a day that fits both their schedule and their budget. Click the date you want to visit to purchase the tickets for that date. Please note that prices may change daily, so you must lock in the price by purchasing your ticket online. If you run into technical difficulties, call Member and Visitor Services at (916) 808-5888.
Plan-Ahead Pricing is the result of more than a year of research and collaboration with expert economists who studied our institution and community. Ticket prices fluctuate based on several factors including weather, day of week, holidays, local events, and attendance patterns.
Purchasing a ticket online in advance offers the lowest possible price for the date selected to visit. The Sacramento Zoo will post tickets 60 days out, with new tickets posted on Mondays. To view a calendar of current ticket prices, please visit the Pricing Calendar page on our website.
No, but the price may increase over time, so it is always best to buy your ticket in advance. Purchasing even one day in advance of your visit will guarantee a lower price than you would pay at the admissions gate. The price will never be lower for a particular day than is currently listed. Buy early to save!
No, membership rates are not affected by Plan-Ahead Pricing. Membership rates will remain static regardless of changes to the daily admission rates.
If you need to reschedule your ticket, call Member and Visitor Services at (916) 808-5888 by 4:00 pm on the day of your original visit. If your new date is more expensive than your original ticket, you will be required to pay the difference.