Library offers free passes to Zoo Atlanta, state parks

Taking a trip to the local library can earn you free passes to some of your favorite destinations, such as Zoo Atlanta and state parks and historic sites.


To obtain a free pass to Zoo Atlanta for a family of four, simply check out a Zoo Atlanta DVD at your local library. Upon return of the video, you’ll receive a receipt/pass to the zoo that is valid for seven days. The pass is good for free general admission to Zoo Atlanta for two adults and two children ages 3 to 11. To receive the offer, visitors must bring their pass and a valid library card to the zoo.

Each local library branch has a copy of the Zoo Atlanta DVD, which can be checked out once per year, per household. The DVD cannot be placed on hold. Late fees apply and a $30 replacement fee will be charged if the DVD is lost.

If you’re interested in spending the day at a state park or historic site, local libraries also have several passes available for check-out that offer free parking and admission for a family of four. The passes are available year round. For a list of state parks, visit


Here are some more deals to help you stretch your dollars:

GEORGIA AQUARIUM: In celebration of “Talk Like a Pirate” Day, Georgia Aquarium is offering free admission Sept. 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for children ages 12 and under when they are dressed in pirate costumes. One child in pirate costume receives free general admission with each paid adult or annual pass member on these days only.

During Pirate Days, visitors can enjoy a weekend of pirate-themed festivities and events designed to help guests understand the seven seas and the creatures that inhabit them.

The event includes pirate costume contests, parades, “treasure hunt” extravaganzas, pirate-themed arts and crafts, buccaneer games and giveaways. Children can also receive free activity books and temporary tattoos and can take photos at the pirate ship photo station. For more information, visit or call (404) 581-4000.


SWAPTEMBER DISCOUNTS: Through Sept. 30, members at Atlanta attractions can receive discounts to other participating attractions in the Atlanta area when they present their membership card. They will receive $3 off general admission, 10 percent off in the retail store and other discounts.

The offer is valid only for members of the following attractions: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta History Center/Margaret Mitchell House, Booth Western Art Museum, Callaway Gardens, Center for Puppetry Arts, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Georgia Aquarium, High Museum of Art, Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Museum of Design Atlanta, Tellus Science Museum and Zoo Atlanta.


RIVERBANKS ZOO: Starting Oct. 14, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is treating families to 13 nights of Halloween fun at the annual Boo at the Zoo event. A safe alternative to trick-or-treating, Boo at the Zoo features a trick-or-treat trail, nightly costume parade, mysterious maze and creepy creature encounters. Visitors can also dance at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, play in Frankenstein’s Foam Zone and marvel at Ray’s Moonlight Magic.

Boo at the Zoo will be held Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 21-30 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $6 for members and $8 for the public. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets in advance at

For an additional charge, guests can roast marshmallows, enjoy a haunted carousel ride or a spin on the spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad and scale the Witch’s Cauldron climbing wall.

Trick-or-treating is reserved for children 12 and under. Costumes are encouraged, but adult costumes must be family-friendly and the zoo requests that anyone over the age of 12 not wear costumes that cover their face.