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One of the benefits of becoming a member of your local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium is free or discounted admission to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums that participate in the AZA Reciprocal Admissions Program. Here's the recently updated List of participating zoos and aquariums (PDF) for 2022. PLEASE NOTE – Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is at the discretion of the participating zoo or aquarium, as to whether they will honor entrance benefits during this time. Please call ahead for the latest information about this program.

Be sure to read the Reciprocal Admissions Program Rules before visiting the zoos and aquarium on this list. Please note that participating institutions located in close geographic proximity to each other are not required to offer free or discounted admission to each other's members in order to participate in the Reciprocal Admissions Programs, although they may offer an alternative discount. It is always a good idea to call ahead.

Some AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums that do not participate in the AZA Reciprocal Program may have individual reciprocal agreements with other AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. Contact your local zoo or aquarium to find out about any special discount arrangements. 

Program Rules

Not all AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums participate in the Reciprocal Admissions Program. Please refer to the 2022 Chart to see if a particular AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium is participating. 

PLEASE NOTE – Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, it is at the discretion of the participating zoo or aquarium as to whether they will be able to honor entrance benefits during this time. Please call ahead for the most up-to-date information.

Zoos and aquariums listed on the 2022 Reciprocal Admissions List have agreed to participate from March 2022 to March 2023. Occasionally, zoos and aquariums are added to this list during the year. Please check the AZA Web site for the most current list.

How to Interpret the 2022 Reciprocal Admissions List

  • Zoos and aquariums designated 50% offer a 50% discount to all the zoos and aquariums on this list.
  • Zoos and aquariums designated both 100% and 50%:
    • offer free admission to all zoos and aquariums designated 100% and 50% as well as those that are Free to the Public;
    • offer a 50% discount to zoos and aquariums designated 50%.
  • The zoos and aquariums designated Free to the Public offer other benefits such as gift shop discounts.

Geographic Restrictions May Apply

The zoos and aquariums on the 2022 Reciprocal Admissions List that are located in close geographic proximity to each other are not required to offer free or discounted admission to each other's members, although they may offer an alternative discount. "Close geographic proximity" is determined by each institution.

Should you have any questions about an institution's participation due to geographic proximity, please contact the zoo or aquarium directly.

Planning Your Visit

  • Members will be required to show proof of zoo or aquarium membership.
  • Reciprocity applies to admission to the main facility during normal operating days and hours. Reciprocity may exclude special exhibits or events requiring an additional fee.
  • Reciprocity does not limit the number of visits to any particular zoo or aquarium.
  • The number of visitors admitted with a family membership may vary depending on the zoo or aquarium visited.

Please call each individual zoo or aquarium BEFORE your visit to confirm the latest details and restrictions! AZA is not responsible for changes to participating zoos and aquariums make.

A Few Caveats

Please note that the AZA Reciprocal Admissions Program is not the same as the AZA Free and Discounted Admissions Program for AZA Members, which applies ONLY to members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is intended to facilitate professional exchange among zoo and aquarium employees.

AZA cannot mediate reciprocity disputes between participating zoos and aquariums.

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