houston zoo coupons

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The Houston Zoo is one of our premier attractions and one of the most visited zoos in the entire country! A trip to the zoo is always one of the most popular things to do in Houston on the weekend or any time really.

Expanding from two-animal displays to over 55 acres of lush and diverse exhibits, it has become a place where you could easily spend all day and still have more to see. Visit once and you’ll be inspired to explore it again and again!

Thankfully, there are some great options available for Houston Zoo coupons and discount tickets.

Please note that the Houston Zoo is currently open and new protocols are in place to keep guests safe, including requiring masks to be worn by visitors 10 years and older, online reservations for tickets (no tickets are being sold on-site at this time!), and following proper social distancing guidelines.

Here are 7 ways to save on your visit to The Houston Zoo:



When it comes to Downtown Aquarium coupons that help you save big, it’s hard to beat Houston CityPASS. Plan your next five family outings, save money, and get CityPASS. Earn access to five of Houston’s top attractions at 47% off. CityPASS gets you admission to The Houston Zoo, Space Center Houston, various museums, Kemah Boardwalk, and the Aquarium. Buy once and visit each location in any order over the course of 9 days. The pass pays for itself in just three visits!

Here are some reasons we love Houston CityPASS:

  • It’s the cheapest way to see Houston’s top 5 attractions
  • Many attractions give CityPASS holders access to expedited lines so you get in faster
  • The deal is available year-round

Check out our Houston CityPASS review for more info on these Houston Zoo discount tickets.

Passes are $64 for adults and $54 for kids aged 3-11. Buy your passes from CityPASS online and present your voucher on your phone at the first destination you visit, where they’ll give you a physical ticket book to take with you to the other attractions.



General admission to the Houston Zoo is $22.95 for adults and $17.95 for kids every day, but sometimes you can find Houston Zoo discount tickets online. Check out the Viator site to see if there are any current deals running. Groupon also carries the occasional discounted deal for the Zoo, so make sure to look there as well.



If you’re an animal lover or a fan of our amazing Houston Zoo, a membership may be just the ticket for you. They offer no less than seven types of memberships and come with a wide range of benefits, depending on the level.

The best deal for families is the Family Premium Membership. The price is $249 and you get one full year’s unlimited free entrance for up to 3 adults and 6 kids- it pays for itself in just two visits! You also get four one-time guest passes, four one-time Wildlife Carousel passes, discounts on gift shop purchases and guest admission, and a whole slew of other members-only benefits!

Pay for the membership once and use it all summer long!



The first Tuesday of every month from September through May, the Houston Zoo is free and open to the public. You still have to reserve a ticket online or in person. The discount only applies to general admission- rides on the Wildlife Carousel, Giraffe Feeding, Animal Encounters and more are available for an extra fee. Free Zoo Tuesdays are only available from  September through May the first Tuesday of each month, and special programs like Zoo Lights are excluded.



College students with their student ID can get in free or cheap. Students from the University of Houston, Rice University, St. Thomas University, and Texas Southern University can get in absolutely free. One free admission per student with ID per visit. Online reservations are still required!

Service members and their families can get in with their military ID at nearly 50% off ($13 for adults, $11 for kids)! Military members just reserve tickets online and show their ID at the door to secure the discount.



Recipients of the Lone Star program can purchase up to two adult tickets and three child tickets for $5 every day. This deep discount applies to general admission only and does not include Carousel Rides, Zoo Lights, Giraffe Feedings or extra programs.



The Houston Zoo supports tourism! For visitors to the city, pick up a Zoo Brochure from the brochure racks in your hotel and get a Houston Zoo coupon for $1 off per ticket. It’s the easiest way to get a discount on Houston Zoo prices!

Members of other zoos throughout the nation can get a discount of up to 50% off! The zoo membership reciprocity program is affiliated with 100 zoos from around the country! Visit their website to see the participating zoos.


How are you going to plan your next trip to The Houston Zoo? Know of any other Houston Zoo discounts or coupons we can add to the line-up? Tell us in the comments below!