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We are pleased to offer a discounted rate for groups of 15 or more.    You may purchase online or call the Zoo's group help line at 1.800.488.0444, extension 7700, toll free.  The group help line is available to assist you with online ticket orders Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST.  Please note:  Ticket purchase must be made two weeks in advance to be eligible for your discount.  

Standard Groups

Visitors viewing chimps The N.C. Zoo welcomes all groups, tour operators, motor coach companies and schools. The Zoo's onsite caterer can provide a wide menu of services customized to suit the needs of your group.  Additionally, qualifying groups will receive two free admissions to the Zoo.     

Standard Group Ticket Prices

For your group to receive special group ticket prices:

Make reservations for your standard group 

School Groups

The N.C. Zoo is an outstanding educational facility.  We are pleased to welcome school groups from across the nation for an unforgettable learning experience. 

School group rates, information and online registration


Groups may rent one of our private picnic areas on a "first-call" basis.   We offer a shaded public area near the North America entrance, which is available on a "first-come" basis.


Catering arrangements for picnics may be made by calling the Zoo's catering service, Sodexo Services, at 336.879.7375.


At the admission gates, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, debit cards, Zoo gift cards and cash are accepted. 

Online or by phone, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and debit cards are accepted.

Refunds/Rain Checks

Most of our facilities are outside.  Due to various weather conditions, some animals may not be visible or on exhibit.  We do not offer refunds or rain checks.


We are pleased to offer a designated area for bus parking.