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Group Reservations

Please note, group reservations must be made at least two (2) weeks in advance.

It only takes a minimum of fifteen (15) people to be considered as a group. Coming to the Zoo as a group allows for discounts on admission and rides, which include our Red Diamond Express Train and Protective Life Carousel. After completing the reservation form below, we will be in touch to confirm your visit date. You may complete your reservation even if you do not know your exact number of attendees. Simply estimate the number you will have coming and we can update the information later.







Group Pricing

Educational Group Pricing*

(Groups of 15 or more with tax-ID #)

  • Admission Only $9.95 each for students and $13.95 for parent chaperones
  • Ride Wristband  An additional $6.50 each for students and parent chaperones
  • Discovery Programs  an additional $3 per student
  • Field Experience  $5 each for students only (teachers/chaperones may observe for FREE)
  • Zoo Labs  $7 each for students only (teachers/chaperones may observe for FREE)
  • Seasonal Attractions (available March-September)
    • Lorikeet feedings  $3.25 each for students and parent chaperones
    • Giraffe feedings  $3.25 each for students and parent chaperones
  • One (1) FREE teacher admission for every 10 paying students (up to 10 teachers free). Bus drivers and nurses are always complimentary.

*Tax Exempt groups are schools, churches, and non-profit organizations. A Tax ID is required to receive educational pricing.

Basic Group Pricing**

(Groups of 15 or more WITHOUT tax-ID #)

  • Adult Admission Only (ages 12+)  $13.95 + tax
  • Child Admission Only (ages 2-12)  $9.95 + tax
  • Infant (ages 0-23 months)  Free
  • Ride Wristband  $6.50 + tax
  • Seasonal Attractions
    • Lorikeet feedings  $3.25 + tax
    • Giraffe feedings  $3.25 + tax

**Basic groups are families, scout troops, or for profit organizations




Educational Programs

Want to add something special to your trip? Try an educational program! We currently offer Field Experiences where your students and a Zoo Educator can explore specific areas of the Zoo and learn a bit more about our animals. Or if you have older students, check out our Zoo University programs. These programs are 2 hours long and take place in our education classroom and out in the Zoo and feature subjects like Elephant Observation, The Role of Genetics in the Modern Zoo, and more! To find out more about our educational programs click here.

Lunch at the Zoo

It’s always fun to have lunch at the Zoo! You can bring your lunch and enjoy our picnic tables behind our front gate area or pavilion in the east parking lot area. Tables are first come, first served. You can also pre-order your lunch with us and we’ll do all the work for you! To pre-order your lunch with us, please fill out the lunch section on the “Book your trip here” form or e-mail for more information or assistance.  Please note lunches are portioned for preschool and elementary aged children. Lunches are only available to schools and organizations. Family groups are welcome to bring their lunch and eat at our picnic tables or bring money and individually purchase lunch at either of our two restaurants. Click here to see the Zoo’s lunch menu for school groups.

Sensory Initiative

Raising Awareness – Increasing Accessibility – Promoting Inclusive Experience

The Birmingham Zoo is now Sensory Inclusive! In an effort to make the Zoo more welcoming and accessible to individuals with Sensory Processing needs, we have partnered with KultureCity to develop the Sensory Inclusive Zoo Initiative. Look for signs with this logo throughout the Zoo and on the map to identify Quiet Zones, Headphone Zones and locations where weighted lap pads are available for use. A limited number of Sensory Bags are also available for checkout on a first come, first served basis in the Membership Office. These bags contain noise canceling headphones, fidget toys and other resources.

Payment Details

  • Payment should be received no later than 24 hours in advance of your trip to the Zoo. Please allow 5-7 business days when mailing payment.
  • If you are unable to pay for your trip in advance, you may pay for trip the day you attend.
  • We accept school checks and all major credit cards. No personal checks.
  • All Group Pricing is valid for one transaction/payment per group. This means that the entire group must be paid together. Anyone not paid as part of the group must purchase regular price tickets at the front gate.
  • Please tell your parents and chaperones that if they would like to receive the group rate, they must pay through your organization to be included in the single group payment. If your group is paying the day of, please collect money from any parents/chaperones that are receiving the group rate prior to arriving at the Zoo. We CANNOT accept individual payments from parents/chaperones for Group Rates, but they are welcome to visit the Front Gate for regular admission.
  • Zoo Memberships may be used for admission only. Rides and other programs must be paid for with the group.