Field Trip FAQ

What about parking?

  • Buses will not be charged for parking.
  • Buses will park in the Bus Lot located along the East fence of the Zoo (marked area). Follow the signs.
  • Chaperones will park in the regular parking lot.

What about lunch?

  • If you wish to bring your lunch, we have many picnic areas available. Please do NOT bring glass containers or disposable straws. These items are not allowed in the Zoo for safety reasons.
  • If you would like to explore catered lunch options, please check here: Catered Lunch Reservation

What if it rains or there is inclement weather?

  • Rain is NOT considered inclement weather. The Louisville Zoo is an outdoor facility with some indoor buildings and remains open rain or shine. Please dress for the weather.
  • Groups can reschedule for true inclement weather (snow, ice, severe weather) by emailing notice of cancellation to Zoo Education and resubmitting an online registration form with new dates. We will not be able to guarantee a date until after you have received confirmation. Please note that spring dates fill up quickly and may be at capacity. Rescheduled dates must meet reservation requirements or be charged the Walk-up rate of $10 per person (and applicable tax).

What if I need to cancel or reschedule?

  • Cancellations are accepted at any time in writing by emailing Zoo Education. No cancellations will be accepted by phone except in the event of an emergency.
  • Reservations that are canceled without rescheduling at the time of cancellation will need to be resubmitted online with new dates. We will not be able to guarantee a date until after you have received confirmation. Please note that spring dates fill up quickly and may be at capacity. Rescheduled dates must meet reservation requirements or be charged the walk-Up rate of $10 per person (plus applicable tax).
  • Rescheduling (without cancellation) can be done by emailing Zoo Education at any time. Dates are subject to availability and some circumstances are subject to the Walk-up rate of $10 per person (plus applicable tax).

Can I get a refund if I cancel?

  • If fewer students participate than expected, you will still be responsible for payment for the students that could not attend. You may request a reimbursement only if you’ve over paid by a minimum of $100. Please request the necessary form from Zoo Admissions and allow 4-6 weeks for processing. A $25 service fee will be applied. Any overpayment less than $100 will not be refunded.

Can I pre-purchase tickets?

  • If your group chooses to purchase train, carousel or any other attraction tickets, please contact Admission (502) 459-2181 the day of your scheduled visit to ensure attractions are operating. Tickets can be purchased at the front ticket windows upon your arrival.
  • We do not offer ANY prepaid/early pick-up ticket options, whether for admission or attractions. All purchases are made at the time of your arrival, with the exception of prepaid field trip reservations.

What about tax exemptions?

  • The Louisville Zoo is now required to charge a 6% sales tax on Zoo admission, special events, Zoo memberships and other select items as defined by Kentucky State Law. For more information, click here: Zoo Taxes. If you are a KY tax-exempt organization, you must provide a copy of your tax exemption certificate no later than the day of your arrival. If you do not provide your certificate, your admission fee will be subject to sales tax. You may contact us later and provide a copy of your certificate and obtain a refund of the sales tax. Request the necessary from from Zoo Admissions. Allow for 4-6 weeks of processing. Avoid the extra work by making sure you provide your certificate in advance.
  • IF you are tax exempt and visiting the Louisville Zoo from another state: You will be subject to the 6% sales tax unless you have a KY state specific exemption form. You can apply for that here: revenue.ky.gov/Forms