Timed Ticket Update

To limit the number of guests inside the zoo at any given time, visitors will be able to purchase tickets with a specific entrance time. Tickets can be purchased in advance online through our website.

Complimentary ticket holders, including those with Community Access Program tickets, may make in-person reservations for the next available entrance time at the zoo. At this time, complimentary tickets cannot be redeemed online to reserve an entrance time in advance.

If the zoo is sold out for the day, complimentary ticket reservations may be made in person for an alternate date.

At this time, the zoo is not able to offer a day-of, call-in option for complimentary ticket holders to determine if the zoo is sold out or the likelihood of quick entry. For inquiries please email


Are You a Nonprofit, Foundation or Government Entity?

You may be eligible to apply to become an annual Community Access Program (CAP) partner and receive admission tickets to distribute to your constituents in need.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a nonprofit with verifiable 501(c)(3) status OR a Washington state or local government entity OR a Washington indigenous community organization AND

  • Must have programs that specifically serve low-income and/or at-risk children and adults or other demonstrated underserved groups.

Application Requirements

Please have the following ready to submit when applying:

  • Federal Tax ID number

  • Mission Statement or can describe how the tickets will be used with constituents to advance the organization’s service mission and show that visiting the zoo directly enhances or supports its mission

  • Organization’s website, physical address and contact info

Additional considerations

Due to the volume of requests, priority is given to partners that meet the following requirements:

  • Provide programs or services to underserved communities within King County

  • Must have programs that specifically serve low-income and/or at-risk children and adults or other demonstrated underserved groups

  • Shares social good, educational or conservation values

  • Religious organizations should demonstrate a secular community function that provides social services to low-income or at-risk community members regardless of religious affiliation without promoting belief in a particular faith.


How to Apply


CAP Tickets

Requests for tickets valid in 2021 are now open!

The application for ticket requests for tickets valid in 2021 is now open. Please see below for link to the application. We ask that you request no more than 500 tickets at this time, with the understanding that we may not be able to fulfill your entire request. Ticket distribution will begin in January 2021 and will be sent through the mail. Please ensure your mailing address is correct and able to receive large envelopes. Click the link below to join our email mailing list and receive program updates.



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Are You an Individual?

Due to the sheer volume of requests, the Community Access Program is unable to provide service directly to individuals. Individuals seeking admission options are welcome to contact CAP partners in their area or refer to the zoo discount program for alternatives.


CAP Ticket Alternatives

Discover Ticket

The $5 Discover Ticket is available September 8, 2020 through March 31, 2021 for foster and kinship families* or recipients of EBT/Washington Quest or WIC assistance. Valid for daytime admission, excludes all other separately ticketed events. Tickets can be reserved online.

For more details please go to our discounts page

Explorer Pass Membership

A $35 membership for foster and kinship families* or recipients of EBT/Washington Quest or WIC assistance. Once a member, guests can use the online portal to reserve entry times.

For more details please go to our membership page

Accessibility Changes

There will be some changes to the accommodations we were able to offer in the past. Please visit our accessibility page for more information and to view an FAQ.



Letters From the Community

I felt the need to tell someone how wonderful it has been to hand out the zoo tickets to our patients. The parents are always so grateful and the kids, so excited! Thank you so much for making it possible!


Many of the children and families with whom we work would not otherwise have the means to access the zoo and we truly appreciate the opportunity to provide them with this special privilege.” 


All of our clients are in transition from homelessness while they enter our program. All are low income and many are single parents with children. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to give them tickets to the zoo and they are always beyond thrilled to receive them.


If you have questions about the Community Access Program, our CAP FAQ may help.