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Holiday Shopping


Looking for the perfect gift for your friend or loved one? Your Akron Zoo has got you covered with many options for wild gifts this holiday season!


Red panda

Give the gift that keeps on giving the whole year by giving a year-long membership to the Akron Zoo! With a membership you can enjoy membership benefits, such as unlimited admission, free parking, discounts to special events and more!

There are two options available for gifting a membership. Please read through the options below to determine what's is best for you:

Membership Gift Certificates

  • Gift certificates purchased by phone or in person will receive a printed membership gift certificate
  • Gift certificates purchased online will be issued in the form of a printable gift certificate
  • Order by Dec. 17 to guarantee e-delivery by Dec. 24. 

Purchase Membership Gift Certificate

Gift an Active Membership

  • Membership begins immediately
  • If renewing a current membership, one year will be added to the current expiration date
  • Digital membership card instructions will be sent in 7 - 10 days

Purchase Active Membership

Unique Experiences

Get Closer Experiences - Galapagos tortoises

Give a gift of an Akron Zoo Unique Experience opportunity. Gift certificates available for our Rise and Shine Safari experience or Get Closer experience offerings.

Rise and Shine Safari

Travel the zoo with our knowledgeable staff as we prepare to open the zoo for the day. You will enjoy exclusive before hour's access, learn how we care for our animals and have the opportunity to participate in unique and interactive experiences.

Get Closer Experiences

"Get Closer" than ever before! This unique experience offers an up-close-and-personal interactive opportunity and a chance to talk one on one with a zoo keeper

Call 330-375-2550 ext. 7246 to purchase. Unique experiences do not include zoo admission. Certificate valid for one year from purchase date.

Holiday Gift Special 

Ring-tailed lemur

Show how much you care this holiday season by giving the gift of a year-long membership to the Akron Zoo and the sponsorship of an animal.

This one-of-a-kind special holiday package includes:

Care for a Critter Sponsorship

  • Featured plush of your choice
  • Personalized certificate
  • Animal Photo
  • Animal Fact Sheet

Akron Zoo Family Membership

  • Admission and parking for one year
  • Member only pricing on special events
  • Discounted admission to more than 150 zoos and aquariums

Cost: Only $125!

Call 330-375-2550 or stop-in to the zoo ticket counter or order. Allow 7-10 days for processing and shipping. Purchases are non-refundable. Offer valid until December 20, 2021.

Care for A Critter

African lion

Already have a membership but still want to care for a critter? The animal-lover in your life will love a Care for a Critter Sponsorship package. When you "Care for a Critter", you help the Akron Zoo provide food, medical care, habitat maintenance and conservation programs for one year.

Packages include great benefits and range from $50 to $250. They are available while supplies last.

Featured animals include:

African lion
Chilean flamingo
Galapagos tortoise
Humboldt penguin
Red panda
Ring-tailed lemur
Rodrigues fruit bat
Snow leopard

Purchase Care for a Critter

Trunk Show

Trunk Show

Thursday, December 2
4 - 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for this fun holiday shopping event! Shop local vendors and artists, and shop in our gift shop for all of your holiday needs. Akron Zoo members receive 20% off their gift shop purchases.

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Akron Zoo Gift Card

Snow leopard

Akron Zoo gift cards are a great way to support your zoo, as well as guarantee a fun trip in the future. Akron Zoo gift cards can be used for tickets, concessions, rides like the carousel and train, gift shop and more! 

Gift cards can be purchased online. Gift cards will be processed within 48 hours of purchase and will be mailed via USPS first class mail.

Purchase Gift Card

Bonus Card


The purchase of a bonus card is a great addition to your Akron Zoo visit. A $25 value, bonus cards can be used for rides on the carousel or train, as well as cracker sales at the Boma. Bonus cards never expire. 

To receive your bonus card, you'll need to show photo ID at the ticket counter during your next visit. Bonus cards will be kept at the ticket counter for 60 days after purchase. If your next visit is after 60 days, please call the zoo at 330-375-2550 to arrange for pick-up of your Bonus Card.  

Once your Bonus Card has been completed, your card is good for 10% off one item in our Gift Shop.

Purchase Bonus Cards