The Louisville Zoo Celebrates Start of Summer with Discounts and Line Up of Activities for the Season!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 20, 2024) – The Louisville Zoo is celebrating the start of summer this weekend with a great ticket discount. This weekend only, June 22 and 23, 2024, adults ages 12 – 59 can enjoy general admission for only $20. Children (ages 3 – 11) and seniors can enter for only $15 per person. Children two and under are always free. The Zoo encourages guests to prepare for the weather with refillable water bottles, cooling off at indoor air-conditioned spaces, and visiting the popular Glacier Run Splash Park — free with Zoo admission or membership. Plus, be sure to pick up free cups of ice water at concession stands or stop by a Louisville Water Company bottle refill station located inside the African Outpost, near the entrance to the Islands’ Pavilion and on the Zoo’s main plaza.

Guests will want to stop in and see their favorite new mates — the Zoo’s recent additions, male koalas Dharuk and Telowie — along with red panda, Sundara, in his new habitat and, of course, elephants Punch and Mikki, ahead of their move to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee in 2025.

The Zoo kicks off summer with a full slate of activities including movie nights for both adults and kids as well as character days.

Movie Nights in the Oasis Field

The Zoo is celebrating the summer with a movie series under the stars! Enjoy Late-Night Date Night features or Cinema Safari films for the younger set. Join the Zoo staff in the Oasis Field at sundown to watch on our giant inflatable screen. Gates opens at 8 p.m. The movies start at sundown. Tickets are $5 for non-members, free for Zoo members. Tickets must be purchased at the gate and cannot be purchased online. Concessions will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to pack their own blankets and lawn chairs.

  • June 21: Barbie Presented by Mercy Academy
  • July 26: “Top Gun”

Cinema Safari is sponsored by Great Clips

  • July 12: “Trolls Band Together”
  • August 9: “The Super Mario Bros. Movie”
  • September 13: “Haunted Mansion”

Meet Me at the Zoo

Meet and greet some of your favorite storybook characters free with Zoo admission or Zoo membership on the following days:

  • June 22: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Royal Rendezvous
    • Meet and greet some favorite princess characters presented by Norton Children’s
  • July 20 & 21: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Santa’s Summer Safari
    • Enjoy meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus on their summer vacation and recall cooler times with winter-themed holiday enrichment for animals and games for the kids.
  • August 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Super Back to School Bash
    • Start the new school year with two favorite video game heroes who happen to be brothers and their princess pal. Presented by Norton Children’s

Zoo Hours

The Zoo is open daily year-round. Spring/summer hours are 10 a.m. ─ 5 p.m. (stay until 6 p.m.). The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Visit for more info.


The Louisville Zoo, the State Zoo of Kentucky, is the top, non-profit, paid attraction in the state. The Zoo is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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