Experience Level Benefits

These benefits are only for members with our Family Experience and Family Experience Dual levels

We’ve been listening to what Zoo members value most, and we are happy to offer you an opportunity to enjoy more animal experiences, bring more guests, meet more Zoo Keepers and learn more about how you are helping to save wildlife and wild places — PLUS enjoy some of our most popular rides and attractions!

Included in our Experience level benefits are 6 guest passes, 2 Lorikeet feeds, 2 Giraffe feeds, plus an invitation to 1 of our 3 Exclusive Experience Events offered in the spring and summer. These after-hours events are sure to thrill family members of all ages while helping the Zoo to “better the bond between people and our planet” — offering you and your family special Zoo experiences that you won’t soon forget.

Through your support, we act to protect wildlife so that you, our valued Zoo members, and future generations will get the opportunity to experience up close, special moments with wildlife.

Enjoy these Frequent Fun Pass benefits year-round

  • FREE admission for 12 full months from purchase date every time you visit during regular hours.
  • PARKING during regular Zoo hours is included in all membership levels (excludes select after-hours special events).
  • 50% admission to 125 RECIPROCAL zoos & aquariums. Click here for current reciprocal list.
  • DISCOUNTS on education classes and camps; and gift shop (10%) and concession purchases (10%).
  • DISCOUNTS on select rides and attractions.
  • SPECIAL PRICING to select special events including Boo at the Zoo
  • HELPING TO SAVE SPECIES as $1 from every membership supports species survival activities through our wildlife conservation partners.
  • SPECIAL OFFERS to other partner attractions. Click here for current offers.
  • New Fun Foto!+ Season Pass Photo Club option for Zoo members, providing access to your photos all season. Learn more.
  • E-NEWSLETTERS with news and events plus SPECIAL OFFERS
  • Free MEMBERSHIP APP — click here for details.

Member benefits are subject to change without notice. Some membership perks may be limited or suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Experience Level Benefits

Rides and attractions are seasonal and subject to the cooperation of weather, animals and Zoo maintenance. 

UNLIMITED Conservation Carousel Rides
The Louisville Zoo Conservation Carousel was built in 1919 and has been a hallmark of the Louisville Zoo since 1998. Take as many spins as you would like on our beautifully restored antique carousel located near the main plaza.  Enjoy one of our 44 unique mounts or take a seat in one of the 2 chariots as you spin around our huge 52-foot carousel while you’re surrounded by 630 colorful energy efficient lights.

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Six (6) Guest Passes
Who doesn’t love to get up, get out and get to the Zoo? Help us spread the word about wildlife by inviting someone you love to take in the 134 acres and more than 1,200 animals at your Louisville Zoo. With these 6 guest passes you and your family can bring your extra friends or family along for FREE.

Girl with lorikeetTwo (2) Lorikeet Feedings
Amazement, wonder and delight are exactly what you’ll experience when you visit one of our most interactive and popular exhibits, Lorikeet Landing at Rainbow Springs. Enjoy a real nose-to-beak experience as you stroll through this sun-filled aviary surrounded by brilliantly colored, friendly birds that will eat nectar right out of your hand! Lorikeet Landing is located in the Australian Area (next to the Splash Park).

Two (2) Giraffe Feedings
Marvel at the majesty of the tallest mammals on earth as you experience one of our most engaging and popular attractions: Giraffe Feeding in Africa! Enjoy a true animal encounter as you feed the giraffes. Keepers will share  information with you about our towering giraffes and answer any questions you may have — all while a giraffe uses its 18-inch prehensile tongue to eat right out of your hand!

Exclusive Experience Event

Click to buy a membershipEnjoy an exclusive after-hours Experience Event where you can meet Zoo keepers and animals, plus enjoy themed entertainment and special treats and offers – the ULTIMATE Zoo experience! You may choose from 1 of 3 event dates held each spring and summer.

This year’s theme was ‘Experience Islands’. The RSVP sign-up form for 2021 is now closed as we have reached capacity for our final event of the year. Please check back next season for more information about our exclusive member event in 2022. We look forward to seeing you next year!

See below for a description of 2021’s event theme for an idea of what future events may entail:

2021 Experience Islands

Stroll through the world’s first multi-species rotational Islands exhibit and complete a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes tour (redeemable once tours resume). Speak to keepers and learn about the innovative Islands exhibit features, then watch a live performance by a traditional Balinese musical ensemble. Then, explore the HerpAquarium to catch a glimpse of amphibians, reptiles and bats. Grab $1 hot dogs and soft drinks. Munch on some FREE popcorn and enjoy one of our other discounted menu options at the Lakeside Smokehouse, right next to our Adventure Ropes Course; discounted Ropes Course tickets will be available. After seeing the Zoo from a new perspective, cool off with some $2 ICEEs. Don’t forget to take advantage of a 20% discount at our gift shop before heading home, too. Your Islands adventure awaits!

Additional Event Terms and Conditions

You are invited to attend one (1) Experience Benefits Package Event as a group during the period of your active membership (traditionally twelve months). 

  • Only those covered on your membership may attend.
  • One-time-use passes are not redeemable for these events.
  • Each year you may choose to attend one (1) event from at least 3 dates (May through September).
  • Email address required for correspondence and RSVP.
  • RSVPs are required.  Email reminders will be sent.
  • There are no rain dates for these events.
  • No refunds, exchanges or transfers.

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