Utica Zoo Membership

Whether you prefer a pride, a pack, a flock, or a herd, we want YOU to be part of our family!

Why Become a Member?

Membership to the Utica Zoo gives you a ton of benefits including free admission, discounts, AND reciprocity with zoos and aquariums across the country. If you think you will be coming to the zoo even a few times throughout the year, a membership will likely pay for itself! For instance, instead of paying $26 for 2 adults and 2 kids every time you come to the zoo, you can spend $79 for one of our Family memberships and come to the zoo as many times as you want over the next year (if you come to the zoo even just 4 times over the year, you will have saved money)! 

Additionally, buying a membership benefits the Utica Zoo since the proceeds from you buying a membership goes right back into the zoo to care for our animals and grow our zoo as a whole. In general, buying a membership supports the zoo, supports our animals, AND gives you a bunch of your own benefits to boot!

Below you will find a list of all of our various membership levels and the benefits that they give you. To purchase one TODAY you can either fill out the form at the bottom of this page,  you can call us at  (315) 738-0472 ext. 37, you can send us a check in the mail, or you can come into the zoo and buy one right at our front gate! 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Utica Zoo family! 

Membership Levels

INDIVIDUAL

Membership
$ 45
  • Free Admission for 1 Named Adult
  • 10% Off in Our Gift Shop
  • Discounts on Events, Camps, Classes, Birthday Parties, and More
  • Reciprocal Discounts at Eligible Zoos and Aquariums Across the Country
  • Invitation to Our Member Appreciation Evening

DUAL

Membership
$ 55
  • Free Admission for 2 Named Adults
  • 10% Off in Our Gift Shop
  • Discounts on Events, Camps, Classes, Birthday Parties, and More
  • Reciprocal Discounts at Eligible Zoos and Aquariums Across the Country
  • Invitation to Our Member Appreciation Evening

FAMILY

Membership
$ 79
  • Free Admission for 2 Named Adults
  • Free Admission for All Related Children Under 18
  • 10% Off in Our Gift Shop
  • Discounts on Events, Camps, Classes, Birthday Parties, and More
  • Reciprocal Discounts at Eligible Zoos and Aquariums Across the Country
  • Invitation to Our Member Appreciation Evening

EXTENDED FAMILY

Membership
$ 99
  • Free Admission for 4 Named Adults
  • Free Admission for All Related Children Under 18
  • 10% Off in Our Gift Shop
  • Discounts on Events, Camps, Classes, Birthday Parties, and More
  • Reciprocal Discounts at Eligible Zoos and Aquariums Across the Country
  • Invitation to Our Member Appreciation Evening

BRONZE

Membership
$ 125
  • Free Admission for 2 Named Adults
  • Free Admission for All Related Children Under 18
  • Free Admission for 2 Guests per Visit
  • 10% Off in Our Gift Shop
  • Utica Zoo Logo Souvenir Item
  • 2 Single Use Day Passes
  • Discounts on Events, Camps, Classes, Birthday Parties, and More
  • Reciprocal Discounts at Eligible Zoos and Aquariums Across the Country
  • Invitation to Our Member Appreciation Evening

SILVER

Membership
$ 250
  • Free Admission for 2 Named Adults
  • Free Admission for All Related Children Under 18 and 2 Additional 18+ Guests per Visit OR 4 Additional 18+ Guests per Visit
  • 10% Off in Our Gift Shop
  • Utica Zoo Logo Souvenir Item
  • 4 Single Use Day Passes
  • Discounts on Events, Camps, Classes, Birthday Parties, and More
  • Reciprocal Discounts at Eligible Zoos and Aquariums Across the Country
  • Invitation to Our Member Appreciation Evening
  • Recognition in the Utica Zoo's Annual Report

GOLD

Membership
$ 500
  • Free Admission for 2 Named Adults
  • Free Admission for All Related Children Under 18 and 2 Additional 18+ Guests per Visit OR 4 Additional 18+ Guests per Visit
  • 10% Off in Our Gift Shop
  • Utica Zoo Logo Souvenir Item
  • 4 Single Use Day Passes
  • Discounts on Events, Camps, Classes, Birthday Parties, and More
  • Reciprocal Discounts at Eligible Zoos and Aquariums Across the Country
  • A Private Tour of the Zoo
  • Invitation to Our Member Appreciation Evening
  • Recognition in the Utica Zoo's Annual Report

LIFETIME

Membership
$ 2,500
  • Free Admission for 2 Named Adults
  • Free Admission for All Related Children Under 18 and 2 Additional 18+ Guests per Visit OR 4 Additional 18+ Guests per Visit
  • 10% Off in Our Gift Shop
  • Utica Zoo Logo Souvenir Item
  • 4 Single Use Day Passes
  • 1 Gift Family Membership
  • Discounts on Events, Camps, Classes, Birthday Parties, and More
  • Reciprocal Discounts at Eligible Zoos and Aquariums Across the Country
  • An Annual Private Tour of the Zoo
  • 2 Tickets to a Utica Zoo Premiere Event
  • An Animal Encounter of Your Choice Up to $75
  • Invitation to Our Member Appreciation Evening
  • Recognition in the Utica Zoo's Annual Report
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Membership good for one year excluding Lifetime.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a $25 service charge for all returned checks.

*Utica Zoo Memberships are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed. To make a tax-deductible contribution, Click Here.

Membership FAQ

Membership lasts for 1 year from the end of the purchasing month. For example, if you purchased a membership on August 12, 2021, it would last until August 31, 2022. The only exception to this is the Lifetime Membership which is permanent. 

Yes! We will print out 1 membership card PER named adult for your membership for you to distribute among the adults on your membership. Only ONE card is needed for entry.

When you sign up for a membership, all the relevant information is saved in our system so we can look you up if needed. However, to do this we require a valid ID. If you would like to purchase a replacement membership card, it costs $5 per card. 

For any level membership, we only require 1 named adult. If that’s the case, when you use your membership you can bring “guests” with you up to the number your membership provides. For instance, if you have an Extended Family membership and only have yourself named, you can bring 3 guests with you when you visit.  

A Single Use Day Pass is a voucher that – when redeemed – provides 1 free admission to the zoo. 

When checking out inside giftshop, just show your membership card to our associate and let them scan it. 

This is NOT an Animal Encounter. Enrichment is the way we promote species-appropriate behavior while giving the animals choice over their environment. There are a variety of different types of enrichment that keepers use to achieve this from habitat enrichment to cognitive enrichment to toys. If this perk is included in your membership purchase, you will need to schedule a day and time to assist our keepers with enrichment. This perk will vary depending on animal and keeper availability. Once you buy a membership with this perk included in it, we will let you know how to plan and schedule your Enrichment Experience. 

The special Utica Zoo Logo Souvenir Item can be a Utica Zoo magnet, Utica Zoo bookmark, or something similar. What you get for the gift depends upon availability. 

As an accredited member of  The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Utica Zoo reciprocates with other AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across the USA and Canada. This agreement allows Utica Zoo members to get discounted (or even free in some instances) admission to zoos and aquariums across the country. Look at the bottom of this page to find out most recent list of eligible attractions and their discounts.

Due to constant changes in the reciprocal list, we recommend you call before you visit any zoo or aquarium to ensure they are still participating in the program.  

When you buy a gift membership, either you OR the gift recipient will receive a voucher for the full membership. This voucher will be valid for an entire year. The next time the gift recipient visits the zoo, they should bring the voucher with them to redeem/activate their membership. The newly activated membership will then be valid for a year from the day of activation.  

When you purchase a membership online, we will process it in a day or two and then put it right into the mail. Typically, your cards will arrive to you within 7-10 business days. However, you don’t need to have your membership cards to come to the zoo once you make your purchase. All you need to do is bring a valid photo ID and let us know you bought your membership online and we can look you up in our system!  

With a membership, you can get discounts in our gift shop, for various rentals and programs, and for many of our events. Take a look at our webpage for these offerings to see what discounts are available to members.