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Did you know that Hogle Zoo offers free admission days?

The last Wednesday of the month from November to February are FREE! The is one coming up real quick and if you miss it you’ll have to wait until NOVEMBER! Set apart from the Zoo there are also discounted/FREE days on other places in the Salt Lake Valley too!

Before I share with you about the other free/discounted days elsewhere, here are some helpful info/tips to what to expect on FREE Zoo days.

YOU CAN’T BEAT FREE…which is what everyone else is thinking too.

1. There are long lines, for sure, but one way to beat the line at the entrance gate is to show up right when they open at 10am. I swear in 10 minutes the line forms, so show up a little before 10 to beat the rush. Also, to beat the Mom Rush, show up later in the day but before people get off work to hit up the Zoo too. {Mom Rush: The fact that so many Moms (myself included) need to show up first thing in the morning. WHY? Probably because of naps. ;) }

2. CROWD CONTROL. If you do show up after 10am, the crowds, although an annoyance, aren’t that bad. Keep in mind that lots of kids want to wander from exhibit to exhibit, so if you can’t see the giraffe at first, give it a few brief moments and as people are walking away you’ll get your chance.

3. COLD? It certainly is chillier between November-February so head to the Reptile House! Once when we went it was raining, which was great  because nobody was there, but it was still raining. However we spent a lot of our time in the reptile house staring at snakes, toads, turtles, lizards, a large crocodile, etc and that helped us pass time until the rain stopped. The reptile house is always pretty warm; even in the summer.

4. BEWARE:THE PARK. Don’t get me wrong, it’s safe and kids LOVE IT, but this is where my levels of anxiety grew a little bit. (I’m generally a pretty calm mom.) This is the place where all the strollers come and moms have parked themselves on benches. The real crowd is here. It’s an easy place to get sucked into. I got kind of nervous because I could easily lose my kids here, at this spot. If you have anxiety about losing your kids then avoid walking past The Park, which is between the elephants and the otters. If you head towards the carousel your kids won’t even see it. Heading towards the carousel will also lead you to the Reptile House where it’s WARM. Then if you want you can cross the bridge to the Bears or go up to the Highlands and see the Wild Cats.

5. BATHROOMS- There are Bathrooms near the Carousel and at the entrance. Other than that, I can’t really think of another public restroom.

The last Wednesday of the month from November to February are FREE! Febuary 28th, 2018 is the last Free Zoo Day.

Other Free/Discounted Admission Days:


  • 1$ Admission on the First and Third Wednesday of the month November-February.

UMFA- Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

  • ADMISSION IS FREE -- ALL YEAR ROUND --- on the First Wednesday of the month and Third Saturday of the Month. There are also CRAFTS on the Third Saturday on the Month.

Natural History Museum

Here are a list of their FREE Days in 2018:

  • Monday, May 14th
  • Monday, August 27th
  • Monday, December 17th

This is The Place Heritage Park

  • They have discounted prices (which is almost 50% off of their regular prices during the year), but they have this thing called Huntsman Day where it is FREE to get in and you get FREE Ice Cream! It is on June 15th, 2018. Story has it that Jon Huntsman thought that This Is the Place was so awesome that he thought there should be a FREE day where people can come get ice cream too, so for the past 11 years one day a year admission is FREE.

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Heidi Tue, 02/06/2018 - 20:27

At the zoo there are bathrooms at the seal house, just continue past the entrance, and bathrooms up in the Asian area, right across from the snow leopard by Grandma's house which is a great place to get a break from the cold also.

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