Self-Guided Field Trips

Explore the Zoo on your own at a discounted group rate! Add to the educational experience by using our standards-based curriculum guides and grade-specific activities at the Zoo and before and after your visit.

Groups must select a timed entry slot at the time of reservation to assist in limiting the number of guests who are inside the Zoo at any given time. No walk-up groups will be allowed.

We’re promoting wellness at Zoo Atlanta.

  • Per City of Atlanta ordinance, guests 10 and older are required to wear masks. For your convenience, masks will be available for purchase at Zoo Atlanta.
    • Exemptions include:
      • any person younger than ten (10) years of age, though strongly recommended;
      • any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents the wearing of a mask or face covering;
      • any person while the person is consuming food or drink. 
  • You’ll find hand-sanitizing stations throughout the Zoo for your convenience.
  • We are frequently cleaning and disinfecting touchpoints, restroom touchpoints and restrooms using a solution approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • We are promoting a one-way experience that reinforces social distancing guidelines at all locations where it is feasible.
  • All transactions within the Zoo will be paperless (no cash).
  • Visuals at some animal habitats will suggest where guests should stand to watch the animals. Pathway guides will be on hand to assist guests and encourage social distancing.
  • All transactions within the Zoo will be paperless (no cash).

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Available daily August - December 2020

Timed entry slots available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Ticket price: $10.99 per student

One chaperone per 10 students is admitted free; additional chaperones pay student price. Additional tickets can not be purchased day of.



This program is part of our sponsored admissions offerings. For more information visit our Sponsored Admissions page.

  • Educational Group Reservations must be made at least 14 days prior to the date of your visit to receive the discounted school admission rate of $10.99.
  • No walk-up groups will be allowed.
  • You will receive one FREE adult chaperone ticket per every 10 students when you pre-register. Additional adults pay the same rate as students. 
  • Minimum group size of 10 students is required to receive the discounted admission rate. No maximum.


  • Payment is due at least 14 days prior to the date of your visit. Unpaid reservations will be cancelled if payment is not received.
  • Refunds will not be given for any unused portion of your reservation.
  • Payments are not accepted at the gate for the $10.99 Educational Group Rate.


  • Cancellations 7 days before the scheduled visit will receive a full refund.
  • Rescheduling of an existing reservation date or time slot must be made at least 7 days before your scheduled visit.
  • Educational Groups will not receive refunds for rain. For instances of severe inclement weather, please contact Education Reservations at 404.624.5822.


  • Group lunch storage is available in the Zoo at The Lunch Den, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., year-round. Lunches should be in a labeled cooler/container.
  • You can also pre-order your lunch! For just $8.50 per person + tax, your group can order your choice of pizza or sandwich, whole fruit, cookie and a drink! Please complete the order form and submit via email to or by phone at 404.624.5995. Orders must be placed 14 days prior to your visit. 


  • Bus drivers are permitted to drop off their groups in the turnaround circle in the Cherokee Avenue parking lot. See our map for further details.

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