January 14, 2009

Racine Zoo now charging county residents $1 admission on Mondays

It now costs $1 for Racine County residents to attend the Racine Zoo on Mondays.

The fee replaces "Free Mondays" that had been in effect since the zoo went to an admission fee in 2007. The decision was finalized Monday night when the Racine Zoo Board approved the organization's 2009 operating budget.

County residents and their guests will pay the reduced fee. Out-of-town visitors will pay the full rate of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children between 3 and 15 and free for children under 3 during the "peak rate" season of April to October 31.

Rates from Nov. 1 to March 31 will be $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children between 3 and 15, and free for children under 3.

In order to help people who cannot afford the $1 admission price, the Zoo created the Safari Club Ticket Donation Program. Individual and corporate members who receive guest admission tickets as one of their membership benefits can donate their admission tickets back to the Zoo for distribution to those in need. The tickets can be requested through the Zoo’s administrative office.

Schools and education-based organizations (e.g. Scouts, camps, etc.) with non-profit status will enjoy a $2.00 per person rate for students and chaperones with free admission for one chaperone for every eight students. Group outings for non-education based organizations will receive $1.00 off admission from April 1 through October 31. In order to receive a discount, groups must register with the Zoo at least two weeks prior to their outing date.

The Zoo will host three free days for ALL guests including Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day. It will also offer free admission to mothers on Mother’s Day, fathers on Father’s Day, grandparents on Grandparent’s Day and active duty military members and veterans on Veterans Day.

The Racine Zoo is open daily. Hours between Labor Day and May 22nd are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The admission price currently is $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 3-15, $3.00 for seniors and children under three and Zoo Members are free. The mission of the Racine Zoological Society is to foster an enlightening and affordable wildlife experience that improves the bond between people and nature. The Society will provide for the recreation and education of the people, the conservation of wildlife and wild places, and the advancement of science.

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