Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and let’s be honest; after all the flowers, chocolates, and jewelry over the years, sometimes you want to give a unique gift that is sure to surprise your special someone. We have a few options that are sure to not only bring a smile to their face, but also to the face of our animals too!


Animal Encounters

Whether they love goats, camels, or red pandas, we have a variety of animal encounters to choose from to make those special memories. Get a chance to view our animals up close, feed them their favorite snacks and treats, and learn more about our beautiful animals. We also offer Virtual Encounters to bring our animals right into your home, as well. Your purchase price helps us continue to provide exceptional care for our animals throughout the year. Visit to learn more and book yours now or purchase a gift certificate.


Animal Adoptions

Do you or your special someone have a favorite Utica Zoo animal? Then why not symbolically adopt them? Animal Adoptions are great gifts and help us support our animals with whatever they need throughout the year, including food, supplements, vitamins, enrichment, habitat upgrades, and veterinary care. We offer a variety of adoption levels for purchase at or convenient Adoption Boxes in our Utica Zoo Gift Shop.


Utica Zoo Yearly Membership

Utica Zoo Yearly Membership is the gift that gives all year round. In addition to unlimited Zoo admission for one full year, membership also grants reciprocal discounts at Zoos, Aquariums, and Conservation Centers throughout the country, discounts in our gift shop and on special event tickets, member-only events, and the joy of knowing your membership helps to support the more than 200 exotic and domestic animals that call the Utica Zoo home. Memberships start at only $45 for the year with a variety of membership types for every family size. Visit to learn more and become a member today!


Brewfest Box

We hear all the time about couples who met at Brewfest over the years. Maybe you are one of these couples, or maybe your special someone just loves Brewfest, but our Brewfest Boxes are great for the beer and animal lover in your life. We debuted these over the holiday season and are limited edition, so check out to grab yours today!


Snowshoe Date

Many of the traditional date spots are difficult to get for Valentine’s Day, and this year, with COVID restrictions, that can be even more difficult. Why not explore the great outdoors and get some wonderful exercise at the same time? Rent a couple of pairs of snowshoes and head out on the trail for a leisurely stroll through the Zoo. It is very quiet here during the winter, so get away from your every day and spend some time together. Get the full details at or stop into the Gift Shop.

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