Become a Zoo Member

Make your adventure last all year. Members receive free admission to the Zoo, discounts at our gift shop and restaurant, invitations to exclusive events and much more. Best of all, a portion of your membership helps support our more than 700 animal inhabitants through the conservation fund.

Membership Benefits

  • Free daily admission year-round
  • Free or discounted admission to Zoo events
  • 10% discount in the Virginia Zoo Gift Shop
  • 10% discount in the African Village Cafe and Beastro restaurants
  • Discounts or specials for Zoo education programs and family programs – including our very popular summer camps
  • Two Zoo Review newsletters a year & a yearly calendar
  • 50% off admission to over 150 other zoos and aquariums nationwide
  • Special monthly discounts, offers and rewards throughout the year. View the full list of member perks here!

Membership Levels



One adult named on card.

Zoo For Two


Two adults living in the same household or one adult plus a guest.



One adult and member’s children or grandchildren (18 years and younger).



Two adults living in the same household or one adult plus a guest and members’ children or grandchildren (18 years and younger).



Same benefits as Two Adult Household category plus 1 guest per visit.



Same benefits as Two Adult Household category plus 3 guests per visit.

NEW! PowerUp! Household Membership

We are now offering a discounted membership to Medicaid families! This membership is $49 for the year and includes the same benefits as a Two Adult Household membership. Please bring a valid Medicaid or qualifying insurance card with you upon arrival for each person included on the membership (adults and children). *Can only be purchased in-person.

Community Memberships

Purchase a membership to share with your whole organization! Click here to learn more.

Membership discounts:

A $10 discount (applicable for all membership levels) will be given to Military, First Responders, or Seniors (62+), Teachers, and City of Norfolk Employees. For all of our membership discounts, please visit our membership office and present your ID to purchase a discounted membership.

Membership pricing is valid beginning November 1, 2023.


Primary and secondary adult cardholder names cannot be changed during the membership year.

All membership cards are sent digitally to help us create a greener membership process.

For members who wish to include another adult on the membership, such as a nanny or babysitter, up to one additional adult from outside the household may be listed on the Household Plus and Household Deluxe level memberships. If the third adult name changes during your yearly membership cycle, a $5 fee will be charged for the name change and reprinting of the membership cards. 

Under the Internal Revenue Service regulations covering Charitable Contributions, members may deduct the amount of their membership fee less the fair market value of benefits received. The estimated fair market value of benefits received for all membership categories is $10. The Virginia Zoological Society is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, federal tax ID number is 51-0253147. We recommend you consult your Tax Accountant for further clarification.