Groups

Group Visits to the Erie Zoo

The Erie Zoo is the perfect setting for your field trip, family or work outing. We offer discounted admission, ride and meal tickets for groups. Please download and fill out the appropriate form for your group below.  Contact Mackenzie Smith at (814) 864-4091 ext.222 or at msmith@eriezoo.org for questions about groups.

Group Admission Rates

Group tickets must be reserved and purchased at least 3 weeks in advance. Please make sure you are using the current form. Prices and information may be subject to change.

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Group Visit FAQs

How do I register for a group visit?

Fill out the appropriate group registration form found on the groups section of the website at least 3 weeks ahead of your visit date. You can mail, fax, or email the form. If you have any questions, please call 814-864-4091 and ask for group sales.

Where do we go upon arrival and where do we get our wristbands?

All groups will arrive at the front entrance of the zoo. There is a group entrance gate next to the Tiger Striped door on the side of the main office building.

Wristbands will be mailed or picked up before your visit date if you pre-pay for your trip.

If you do not pre-pay, you will be given your wristbands upon arrival. Wristbands must be on every person prior to entering the zoo.

A staff member will not lead or escort your group. Your visit is your own and you are welcome to explore with your class or group at your leisure.

Is there a limit on how many groups can visit per day?

No! We welcome as many groups that would like to visit the zoo on any one given day. Therefore, you do not need to call ahead and check whether a specific date is filled up already. However, keep in mind, during the spring months it can be very busy with school groups!

What are the Zoo hours?

The Zoo is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning March 1st through November 30th.

Plan for at least 1 to 2 hours for full enjoyment and exploration of the zoo.

Do you offer programs led by Zoo Staff?

We have many programs available through our education department. Those programs vary in price depending on the amount of people and specifications of the program. If you are interested in a program during your visit, you must pre-register through the education department by calling 814-864-4091 or emailing Kim Bowes at kbowes@eriezoo.org.

Where can I rent a wheelchair?

Wheelchairs can be rented from the gift shop just inside the main gate. They can be reserved by calling 814-864-4091 and asking to speak with someone in the gift shop.

Motorized wheelchairs are $20.00 per day and manual wheelchairs are free of charge thanks to our sponsor Emergycare. All rentals require a form of I.D. to be held until the rental is returned.

What does the Zoo look like?

Download a zoo map on our website to see what the layout is and where you may find your favorite animals. Please print additional copies ahead of time if the students need them!

Who do I include in my head count?

Include all adults, children, students, staff, chaperones, nurses, bus drivers, etc. in your final head count.

Please pay attention to the guidelines on each group visit form.

For school groups during the school-year you will receive 1 free chaperone for every 10 paying children, and you will also receive free admission for bus drivers and nurses. However, they need to be listed on the form so they are accounted for and are given a wristband to wear.

Anyone with a valid zoo membership received free entrance to the zoo, but we need the membership information in order to allow them free entrance.

If anyone extra is attending and does not prepay through the person booking the trip, they will not be given the discount the day of their visit if they pay at the zoo and they will be charged the full price.

For any non-school groups, every person pays admission.

Where can I park? How much does it cost?

Parking is FREE. Cars may park in the lots by either the front or back entrance. However, buses must park somewhere along Glenwood Park Avenue, which is adjacent to the zoo. We have specific guidelines and directions for bus drop-off, pick-up and parking. Please pay attention to the bus map listed on the website under the groups section.

How much are the rides?

The discounted rates for the train and carousel are $2.00 per person for groups.

What about lunch?

We have group lunch packages available. The information is on the registration forms. Lunches must be ordered and pre-paid a minimum of 3 weeks in advance.

Picnic lunches may be eaten in the non-reserved shared spaces located inside the Zoo.

The picnic pavilions near the back entrance of the zoo are owned by the City of Erie Parks Department. Therefore, we cannot reserve picnic groves for you. They are on a first come first serve basis.