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The Cincinnati Zoo Access for All Program offers discounts for adults, children, seniors, parking and memberships with a SNAP card any state with a photo ID.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s is the #1 family attraction in the Queen City, and it just got better. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cardholders from any state can take advantage of the Cincinnati Zoo Access for All Program that offers discounted tickets for adults, children, seniors, and parking.

The Cincinnati Zoo Access for All Program is designed to encourage families and individuals of all backgrounds to visit this world-class organization to build lifelong and multi-generational memories. This Cincinnati Zoo Access for All Program ensures all families can experience the zoo’s wildlife, culture, petting activities, special attractions, and events.

Socially distant activities to get you and your loved ones out of the house!

How the Cincinnati Zoo Access for All Program Works
SNAP cardholders must go to the Cincinnati Zoo Membership Service Office located at the main entrance. Visitors who present a food access card from any state and photo ID will receive discounted tickets or membership through the Access for All Program. Here are the discounted ticket prices.

General Admission Ticket Prices for SNAP Cardholders
Adults (13-61) – $6
Child/Senior (2-12 or 62+) – $3
– P
arking – $1
– Family Standard Membership – $40

SNAP cards from any state are accepted.
Only eight single tickets can be purchased at one time.

This is the only discounted membership offered with SNAP. Discounts cannot be applied to any previously purchased membership.


About the Cincinnati Zoo
The Cincinnati Zoo has more than 20 exhibits, including Cat Canyon, Giraffe Ridge, Night Hunters, Gorilla World and everyone’s favorite Fiona the Hippo in the Hippo Cove. Although Fiona has no set schedule, if the weather is above 50 degrees during the daytime, it is best to go early and visit her.  


Plan Your Visit to the Cincinnati Zoo
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is located at 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220.

The Zoo reopened recently with new guidelines for staying healthy. Face masks are required within the park.   Visitors are welcome to bring food and beverages to the Zoo with them. Alcohol is prohibited. For more information on how to safely plan your visit, go to The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden website. Even though general admissions require an online purchase, the process to take advantage of the Zoo Access for All remains the same.  

Stop by the Welcome Center in Vine Street Village inside the Zoo to see daily updates about feeding times, special encounters, and other tips to help you make the most of your visit.

Metro routes  1, 46, 38x, 78 will take you to or near the Cincinnati Zoo. Red Bike stations are also located there. The I-71 Martin Luther King interchange is now open using exit 3. If you are coming from I-75, use the Hopple Street exit.

There are parking lots surrounding the Cincinnati Zoo on Vine Street, Erkenbrecher and Forest Avenues. On heavy attendance days, the Zoo may open overflow parking lots to accommodate visitors. Overflow parking lots are opened on an as-needed basis and may not all be open on some days.

Please follow the advice of parking attendants and directional signs to guide you to the nearest lot with parking spaces available. Visiting before 11 a.m. or after 2 p.m. on beautiful weather days and holidays will help you to avoid most traffic. See parking lot map for designated areas.

For more information about this program, or if you have any questions, please call 513-281-4700 or email [email protected]


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Crystal Kendrick

Written by Crystal Kendrick

Publisher, The Voice of Black Cincinnati

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