Toledo Zoo was established in 1900 as the Toledo Zoological Gardens. By 1982 the zoo had its ownership transferred to the Toledo Zoological Society. Its exhibit development began in 1986 with the African Savanna exhibit. Since then, the exhibits listing has grown to more than 10, some of which include Arctic Encounter; Bald Eagles; Museum of Science; Snow Leopards; Ziems Conservatory; Tiger Terrace; Nature’s Neighborhood; Reptile House; Cheetah Valley; Kingdom of the Apes; Aviary; and Children’s Zoo.
If you’d like to increase your knowledge about animals, conservation, and nature, there are programs for teachers and students, kids and families, preschoolers, and boy scouts and girl scouts.
Toledo Zoo Coupons
As a member of the zoo, you’ll be able to enjoy Toledo Zoo discounts. Membership categories include single, individual plus, senior grandparent, family, family plus, family deluxe, president’s silver circle, president’s gold circle, president’s diamond circle, president’s platinum circle, and president conservator’s circle. Membership benefits range from free year-round admission to discounts on gift shop purchases and other zoo-related events and programs.
You do not have to be a member of the zoo to receive discounts. If you are a member of the military or retired veteran, you’ll gain free admission to the zoo when you present your military ID. Your immediate family members will be eligible for a group rate discount when they present their dependent card. Groups of 20 or more persons are also eligible for discounted admission rates.
Hotels Near the Toledo Zoo:
A few hotels near Toledo Zoo include Quality Inn & Suites North; Holiday Inn & Suites Toledo North; and Grand Plaza Hotel Downtown Toledo. Another accommodation option is the Zoo Snoozin’ program. Snoozes are available for families and small groups and scouts and large groups. There must be a minimum of 25 participants for the snooze program to operate. Maximum number of participants is 50. Each participant must be six years or older and accompanied by an adult chaperone.
Toledo Zoo Hours:
Toledo Zoo opens at 10:00 a.m. every day. The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. From January to April the zoo closes at 5:00 p.m. In the month of May up until Memorial Day the zoo closes at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 6:00 p.m. on weekends. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the zoo closes at 6:00 p.m. For the remainder of the month of September following Labor Day, the zoo closes at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 6:00 p.m. on weekends. From October to November until the Lights Before Christmas the zoo closes at 5:00 p.m.
Toledo Zoo Prices:
Adults (13-59): $7
Children (2-12): $5.50
Children (0-1): Free
Seniors (60+): $5.50
Parking: $7 for nonmembers; $15 for campers, RVs, motor coaches or vehicles that occupy more than one parking spot; free for zoo members
Groups: of 20 or more persons are eligible for discounts on admission.
Phone Number: 419-385-5721
Directions: If you’re coming from the Ann Arbor area; Detroit Metro/East Michigan; Toledo via the Ohio Turnpike; or Dayton, Findlay, or Cincinnati, there are PDF maps available with detailed directions on the directions and zoo map page on the zoo’s website.
Toledo Zoo Jobs:
If you’ve ever had your eyes set on a Toledo Zoo Job, here’s your opportunity to apply for a full-time or part-time position. Jobs are available in the areas of custodianship, catering, food service, grounds, merchandise, park operations, and warehouse. For more information on job openings at the zoo, visit the employment opportunities section of the website.
If you’re looking to add more adventure to your day, you can do so at the Metroparks of the Toledo Area; Toledo Botanical Garden, or Wildwood Manor House. Other attractions in the area include the Toledo Police Museum; Toledo Museum of Art and Toledo Firefighters Museum.