Discounts and more at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in winter

If you haven’t been to the zoo in the winter now is the perfect time. Come check out some wildlife and enjoy discounted admission prices.
Amanda Amsel
Oct 30, 2012

Want to go?
WHAT: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Winter Rates
WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., November 1, 2012-March 31, 2013
WHERE: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland
COST: $8.25/adults (12 years old and up), $5.25/children (2 years old to 11 years old) and free for children under 2 years old

From November 1 to March 31 the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offers discounted tickets to visitors. Tickets in the winter are as low as $8.25 for adults (12 years old and up), $5.25 for children (2 years old to 11 years old) and free for children under 2 years old.

“Not only do we offer discounted tickets, we also have a variety of seasonal activities that occur during the winter,” said Joe Yachanin, marketing and public relations specialist for the zoo.

The first activity that will be starting in the winter will be on November 10 for America Recycles Day. If visitors bring in a recyclable item and buy one admission pass to the zoo, they will get a second pass for free.

The next activity will be from Saturday, November 17 to Monday, November 19 and will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rainforest.

“We will have animal enrichment demonstrations, a meet and greet with the zookeepers, live entertainment and crafts,” Yachanin said. “On Thanksgiving the zoo will also be open and we will have free admission to the zoo and rainforest that day.”

As Christmas approaches the zoo will give visitors an opportunity to get their picture taken with Santa from December 17 to December 30.

“On New Year’s Eve we will have a special celebration for children and will have our own ball drop,” Yachanin said. “Kids can also fill out their resolutions and put them on our bulletin board.”

During the winter a variety of exhibits are open and a free heated shuttle bus takes visitors to each exhibit, so you do not have to walk outside in the cold weather.

“In the winter the zoo is a completely different place and is really exciting to see,” Yachanin said. “Cold weather animals like tigers, polar bears, reindeer and wolves are more active in the winter, so you get to see another side to them. There are also less lines and crowds.”

For more information on the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in the winter, visit