Sedgwick County Zoo is one of Wichita’s biggest attractions. With the large enclosures, educational Keeper Chats, large variety of animals (including many rare and endangered species) and more, it is a fun outing for the whole family!
The best way to find out about discounts to the Sedgwick County Zoo is to frequently check their website, follow their Facebook page, and subscribe to the email newsletter, which is what we do. We are constantly updating the new deals we find and sharing them with our readers, so to save time you might want to subscribe to the Wichita on the Cheap email newsletter.
Sedgwick County Zoo Discount Days
Sedgwick County Zoo offers a variety of free and discounted days throughout the year. Here is a list of expected zoo discount days for the upcoming year.
As we have recently learned in a big way, events will at times need to be canceled or changed. The pricing of these events are subject to change also, without notice and at any time. We always try to give you a heads-up about fun stuff the zoo has planned, and we try really hard to be accurate about everything, but the best place to go for the latest information is the zoo website itself (scz.org).
Please note: Since plans can change on short notice, be sure to use the links in each post to double-check all events before you go.
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
- Red, White and You Blood Drive
- Twilight Tuesdays
- Back to School Bash
- Winter Wednesdays: usually every Wednesday from November through February
Sedgwick County Zoo ticket prices
These are the regular admission prices to the Sedgwick County Zoo (i.e. with no discounts applied). Do be sure to double-check the zoo’s website before you visit, because ticket prices could change at any time.
Young Children (ages 0–2): FREE
Children (ages 3–11): $15/person
Adults (ages 12–61): $20/person
Senior Citizens (ages 62+): $15/person
Sedgwick County Zoo Coupons
Wichita Explore Card: Save $2 on Admission
Use the FREE Wichita Explore Card to save $2 off regular admission to the zoo. Check out the full list of other participating Wichita Explore Card attractions.
RecycleBank BOGO admission coupon
If you are a member of RecycleBank you might still be able to get this coupon for the zoo in Wichita. I can still find it online, but the ticket price shown here is outdated; that’s why I’m not completely sure this coupon is still valid. However, if you are already earning RecycleBank rewards, might as well try it!
Wichita Entertainment App BOGO coupon
The printed Entertainment Coupon Books are officially gone, but many if not all of the coupons are still available online at Entertainment.com or via the app. Entertainment coupons are generally good for BOGO admission to Wichita attractions.
If you plan on going to the zoo on a regular basis throughout the year, a membership is a great way to save money. For my family, after we visit the zoo 3 times in a year, the subsequent visits are “free” with our membership.
Pro tip: Before purchasing a zoo membership, check with your employer. Some local employers offer discounted membership prices for the zoo and other local area attractions.
2021 website pricing for zoo membership:
- Single Plus: For $110, membership is good for one year from date of purchase. Includes free admission for two named adults living in the same home or one named adult and one guest daily.
- Senior Plus: For $80, membership is good for one year from date of purchase. Includes free admission for two named adults age 62+ living in the same home or one named adult age 62+ and one guest daily.
- Family (Formerly Household or Grandparent): For $160, membership is good for one year from date of purchase. Includes free admission for two named adults living in the same home and their children or grandchildren under age 21. Grandchildren under age 21 are permitted when accompanied by a grandparent.
- Family Plus (Formerly Household Plus or Grandparent Plus): For $180, membership is good for one year from date of purchase. Includes free admission for two named adults living in the same home and their children or grandchildren under age 21. Grandchildren under age 21 are permitted when accompanied by a grandparent. Plus, one additional guest each visit when accompanied by the member.
- Family Plus Two (Formerly Sponsor): For $230, membership is good for one year from date of purchase. Includes free admission for two named adults living in the same home and their children or grandchildren under age 21. Grandchildren under age 21 are permitted when accompanied by a grandparent. Plus, two additional guests each visit when accompanied by the member.
Besides unlimited visits, Zoo members do get some extra perks, like early entry every day, discounts on the Zoo’s event spaces, classes, and a few other events, monthly e-newsletter that reminds you of upcoming programs and events, an annual wall calendar, and more.
Depending on the membership level you choose, you may receive free guest passes that will let you bring one or two guests with you for each visit.
Reciprocal Zoo Admissions Program
Sedgwick County Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). This means that if you have a membership to Sedgwick County Zoo, you can get free or discounted admission to other AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums that participate in the AZA Reciprocal Admissions Program. For a complete list of participating zoos, visit the AZA website. It is also always a good idea to call ahead so there are no surprises upon arrival.
Year Round Discounted Zoo Classes & Special Events
- Tot Tuesdays: SCZ’s Cargill Learning Center offers educational programs held every fourth Tuesday. (free with membership or regular zoo admission)
- Wheeling Wild Tuesdays: Ride your bike at the zoo every 3rd Tuesday of the month through October. $5 per person ($4 for members).
- Senior Wednesday (55+): Every 2nd Wednesday. $4 fee. (Does not include admission to the zoo.)
- Flocktails (21+): Every 4th Thursday. Enjoy yard games, live entertainment, food and drink at these after-hours events April through September. Tickets are $10/person* and can be purchased in advance or at the gate. *Price of drinks not included in admission fee.
Sedgwick County Zoo usually offers some kind of Holiday Membership Bonus if you buy a membership in December. (Think Non-Toy Gift Ideas.) For example, in 2018, they offered 3 extra months with the purchase of a membership. They also offered half price admission from December 14-31 in 2018. As soon as we know, we’ll tell you what the December membership bonus is.