LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Zoo announced it will offer free admission for active, discharged and retired members of the military and their immediate household members on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023.

Those wanting to participate must simply have proof of military service. Examples of proof include, but aren’t limited to: U.S. Uniformed Services ID Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e., American Legion, VFW), a photograph in uniform, in-person wearing a uniform, DD214 and citation or commendation.

“This is just one way we can thank veterans for their service,” said Louisville Zoo Director Dan Maloney. “We hope to see many of our veterans and other military folks enjoy a day with their families and the animals.”

In addition to free admission on Nov. 11, 2023, active and retired military, and their dependents (with a military identification card) will receive 10% off Zoo gift shop purchases and 50% off food and drink concessions at the Zoo.

Active military receive free admission year-round to the Zoo. The dependents of active military personnel receive 10% off general admission at the Zoo’s ticket windows and must be accompanied by active military personnel with a valid ID.

The Zoo is open daily year-round. Fall/winter hours are 10 a.m. ─ 4 p.m. (stay until 5 p.m.). The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.


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