The biggest request I get is for Toronto Zoo coupons/offers that exist. So here is how I do my research and how you too can do what I do when looking up where you too would like to go this summer/fall
1) I make Google my best friend. I search the attraction name + add in the word coupons, deals, offers, discounts
2) I scan the 1st and 2nd page of my Google search only. Most of the 3rd, 4th and beyond pages are more just fluff and don’t give me much information.
3) I look for keywords that are coming up that make sense as a place I know deals are typically posted. For example Jaunt/WagJag, AirMiles, CityPass and Costco.
4) I re-do my search with these keywords … ex. Toronto Zoo + Jaunt …… Toronto Zoo + City Pass…. Toronto Zoo + Costco (each individually to see what I find)
5) I then read the search page that comes up that is actually posted ON the actual offer page ex. CityPass page. I write down the deal they are offering and read a bit about it so I am clear on what it entails (ex. Adult only passes, do I need to pay in advance and wait for the tickets in the mail, is it an expired offer?).
6) Then I continue another Google search with the next search .. Toronto Zoo + AirMiles. Go to the actual Canadian Airmiles page to read how many points I need to take my family, is the points based on adult admission only? How long do tickets take to arrive? etc. etc.
Lots of research – but this is how I figure some of these deals out for you all 🙂
Here is a summary:
I went to the Toronto Zoo admission page to find out the prices without any discount or offer:
- $28 for adults (13 – 64); $23 for seniors (65+); $18 for children (3 – 12) and free for those 2 yrs old and under. So if 2 adults and 2 (paying) children went in the day would cost = $92 at the gate.
- You can also buy a family membership that lasts till Dec. 31, 2013 that costs a family = $198.00 (2 adults + 4 children) which works out to be $32.50 per person if all 6 passes are used.
OFFERS/DISCOUNTS I FOUND
1) SUMMER FUN GUIDE – I check this site all the time, it has a search bar, it is for Ontario and its all about information! They tell me about the CityPass Deal + they tell me about the Delta Toronto East – doesn’t mention much about zoo tickets in their post, but it is tagged under Toronto Zoo, so I call and sure enough, they have a stay and play deal where you get adult tickets + kids tickets + a night stay + other bonuses! GREAT DEAL!
2) CITY PASS DEAL You get a access to CN Tower, ROM, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre. If you have plans to hit up at least 2 if not 3 of these in the season, this pass may interest you.
- When you buy Toronto CityPASS on citypass.com, the purchase occurs in U.S. dollars: adult US$ 60.89; child US$ 36.14. Canadian sales tax (adult US$ 7.92; child US$ 4.70) is added during checkout. Price is based on current Canadian to U.S. dollar conversion rates.
- When you buy Toronto CityPASS at a Toronto attraction box office, the purchase occurs in Canadian dollars: adult CAD$ 69.50 (CAD$ 61.50 + CAD$ 8 tax); child CAD$ 41.25 (CAD$ 36.50 + CAD$ 4.75 tax).
This DEAL is really only good if you want to do 2 or 3 attractions in the year you have the CityPass. Very vague on the website when the pass expires, I would call to enquire if this deal interests you. Looks like its just a seasonal pass AND it sounds like you would need to order it in advance to get it in time.
3) JAUNT/WAGJAG deals – unfortunately the Jaunt deals are gone for the zoo, but they do have a package to Canada’s Wonderland that includes a stay at a nearby hotel + adult passes. When calculating if this deal is right for you, you visit Canada’s Wonderland page to find out a) how much tickets are at the gates, b) are their other coupons that exist (yes, there are $6 off admission coupons), factor in the price if you just went for the day and then figure out if the $60ish bucks for a hotel room to relax before or after the attraction is worth it for you and your family.
4) AIRMILES – You need 125 airmiles points to get a Zoo ticket. On average a $20 retail purchase earns one Air Mile. So you would have spent $2500 to get 1 pass into the zoo. BUT, that is only when you are simply using your card during transactions where you aren’t earning bonuses, which most of us do and earn more quickly and not at the $20 / 1 airmile rate etc. If you have an accumulation of points to use up, and figure you spent money on groceries/gas/alcohol/clothing, etc. when you needed it and earned yourself some tickets to the zoo, then go and enjoy!
5) Toronto ZOO Coupons Online – When I use Google and find myself searching and weeding through a lot of pages to find a $2 off printable, or 20% off coupon for greater than 2 minutes, I know it doesn’t exist. There are some searches I find that people will say there are printables and they will lead me to sites with advertising and fake information and links. I typically stop the search right there. There are no printable $$ or % off zoo tickets that exist from my research search. If you want to be 100 % sure that no coupons exist in print/or in magazines located in hotel lobbies around the zoo you can always call the zoo directly and just ask … “Are people redeeming magazine coupons/printable coupons at the TO zoo gates and if so, where can I find some? and how much are the coupons worth?”
Other places I check for COUPONS are a) their Toronto Zoo (official) Facebook page … nothing posted. Their Twitter page – also nothing posted and their ACTUAL website .. look for tabs like DEALS/OFFERS/SAVINGS/COUPONS .. again, nothing posted.
6) COSTCO Toronto Zoo Deal – When I used Google search, I found Costco popping up but couldn’t find anything .. so what did I do? I called my local Costco store, she told me that Costco London doesn’t have the Toronto Zoo attraction deals, but perhaps their Costco Toronto locations would. She did tell me that they do have African Lion Safari for $28.99 for adults and $21.99 for children (which is approximately a $4 savings off the ‘at-gate’ prices). So what did I do next? called a Costco in Markham, Ontario! They told me they don’t have them 🙁
7) LOCAL HOTELS in the Toronto Zoo Area – When I checked into the Monte Carlo Hotel in Markham, the woman at the desk asked if we needed to purchase extra passes as she knew my sister may be joining us. I asked what the discount would be and she said it would save a few bucks from buying at the gate. A BONUS about saving a few bucks by purchasing at a hotel in the area is that you get pre-paid passes, you DO NOT have to wait in the LONGEST line ever, you by-pass that all and head right in! Worth every dollar we saved! Call around to some local hotels ( I didn’t do this research), and find out if you can stop there before your trip to the zoo to buy your tickets directly from their hotel (even if you aren’t a guest).
So what does all this research tell me? Well, it will be an expensive day and won’t be free. But there are a ton of offers listed above that will either help you decide or make the trip a bit more cost efficient for you and your family.
Reminder – everyone pays $10 for parking at the zoo, the zoomobile is $8 per person to ride all day, the merry-go-round is $2.50 a ride, the food is expensive (pack your own drinks/food, its allowed), and the stores are expensive for zoo memorabilia.
It will be an expensive but enjoyable trip!