Group Trips

Group Trips

Is your flock interested in visiting Alexandria Zoo?

Discounted rates are available for qualifying groups.

To help your group trip expereince as smooth as possible, please read the Know Before You Go Group Packet.

Group: Know Before You Go

Are you a school group? Click here.

To Qualify for the Group Rate a Group Must:

  • Be an organized group (non-profit organization, scout troop, church, assisted care facility, or other organization). Family groups do not qualify for the group rate.
  • Make a reservation online at least two weeks prior to visiting
  • Have a minimum of 15 PAYING individuals
  • Have all children, teen, and adult payments collected in advance and presented at the Admission Gate as one single payment. Your entire group must enter together at the time of payment. Those entering separately from the group will be charged full price.
  • Pay with cash, organization check (Personal checks are not accepted), or Visa/MasterCard. Purchase orders are not accepted. Alexandria Zoo is unable to refund overpayments made by check.
  • Have a minimum of one adult (aged 21 years or older) per 10 children (ages 18 & under); A 1:5 ratio is preferred.

All rates and fees are subject to change.

Children, Teens & Adults

Admission $4.50 / Train $1.50

All children (ages 1 - 12 years) and adults/teens (ages 13 years and older), including FOTAZ members, are charged the group rate.

Zoo memberships are not valid for group visits. Memberships were designed for an individual, couple or family experience and not built for group trip usage.

Because we serve a large volume of group trips each year, it is necessary to serve group trips efficiently in order to provide good customer service for all visitors.

  • No refunds will be issued once a ticket is purchased.
  • No refunds or rain checks will be issued due to inclement weather. The Zoo is an outdoor facility with little indoor space. Please plan your trip to the Zoo accordingly based upon the anticipated weather conditions for that day.
  • No refunds will be issued to anyone removed from the Zoo for failure to follow Zoo rules.
  • Unused train tickets are non-refundable but can be used on another visit.
Education Program

Education Programs

Free education programs are presented by the Education Department and feature our education animal ambassadors.

On the group trip reservation request form, choose the program that best fits your learning objectives and select a time. If your selected time has already been booked, we'll contact you with other available times to choose from.

Education programs are available Monday through Saturday, based on staffing availability. During June and July, programs are only available in the afternoon. Requests are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Maximum 60 persons; please select an additional program on your Group Trip Reservation Request if your group size exceeds 60.
Programs last 20 minutes.

Forest Friends

Discover the incredible animals that live in, under, and around the many forest of the world. These creatures rely on the trees as much as we do, what can we do to help share our forest with them?
(LS-E-C1) (SE-E-A2)

Conservation Heroes

The world in which we live is changing, the planet is facing threats. Most of these are by us, and happening unknowingly. Discover simple changes we can all make to protect our one and only home.
(SI-H-A5) (LS-H-F4)

Predators & Prey: A Game of Survival

The food web is an elaborate structure that lives on the edge of chaos. What skills or adaptations do animals at the top, and the bottom of this web possess that allow them to live another day?
(LS-E-C1) (LS-E-C2) (LS-E-C2) (LS-E-C3) (LS-M-D1) (LS-M-C2) (ESS-M-A8)

Animal Kingdom

Learn to identify and categorize animals from around the world in to the scientific groups they belong. Discover the many unique characteristics and adaptations such as the scales, feathers, and fur that animals have.
(LS-E-A3) (LS-E-A4) (LS-E-A1) (LS-E-A4) (LS-E-B3) (LS-E-A3) (LS-E-A3) (LS-E-B2)

Gross Out

Slimy, crawly, stinky, slithery. Why are these weird or gross animals sometimes the most important?
(LS-E-B2) (LS-E-C2) (LS-M-A3) (LS-M-A3) (LS-M-C4) (SE-M-A4)


Children and adults may be unloaded at the Zoo Entrance, but please be respectful of other buses behind you waiting to unload.

Bus Parking

Bus parking is available behind Bringhurst Baseball Field and the Youth Baseball/Softball Complex. Due to limited parking spaces, buses are not permitted to park in the Main Parking Lot.

Bus Map

Name Tags

Name tags should be worn by children and adults. Please include the individual's name and group/organization on tags.

Please DO NOT use safety or straight pins as they are a serious health hazard to the animals if they fall off.


If you need assistance while at the zoo, proceed directly to the Zoo Office at the front entrance where we can provide the help you need. In the event of injury or if a child is separated from your group, please alert a zoo staff member for assistance.

Lunch Storage

Registered groups are permitted to bring in lunch. The Zoo does not provide monitored lunch storage due to lack of space. Lunch items and ice chests are the responsibility of the group.


Picnic Areas in the Zoo

Picnic areas inside the zoo include the playground and Picnic Pavilion. These areas are limited and cannot be reserved. Seating at the tables at the Palm Cafe is reserved for Palm Cafe customers only.

Picnic Areas outside the Zoo

Shaded, grassy public areas adjacent to the zoo can accomodate picnicing groups.


Arrangements for lunch or snacks should be made directly with the Cafe and CANNOT be made through the Zoo office.

Kids options include hot dog, corn dog, or ham and cheese hoagie meals. Adult options include hamburger or cheeseburger meals.

A final count at least one week prior to your scheduled field trip is requested. A 24 hour cancellation notice is required.

Palm Cafe Meal Order Form

Are you ready to ride the rails? Embark on an wild adventure featuring fun audio tracks with educational themes such as habitats, predators, animal trivia, and more. Train tickets are required for ages one and older.


Teachers may contact the Zootique prior to a scheduled visit to arrange for souvenir bags to be prepared for each student. The Zootique manager will work with teachers to prepare bags at an agreed upon price. Minimum 1 week notice required.

During busy times at the Zoo, Management may limit the number of students visiting the Zootique at one time.

Visitors can feed the koi at the pond near the train station. Fish food dispensers are located at the Train Deck and the deck by the coati.

Quarters are needed for the dispensers. Proceeds are used for Zoo projects.

Wishing Well

Kids can spin coins for conservation at the "Change the World" wishing well located near the train station.

Penny Machine

Visitors can create penny souvenirs at the penny machine adjacent to the zoo office. The machine requires two quarters and a penny.

All proceeds from the wishing well and penny machine are used to benefit animals and conservation projects.

Ready to make a reservation request?

Group reservations are unavailable at this time. Groups must be kept to 10 persons or less.

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Alexandria Zoo
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Alexandria, LA 71301


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