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Plan a Winter Visit to ZooAmerica on Discovery Weekends in January 2022

Free Admission for Kids 8 and Under With Purchase of Regular Ticket on Saturdays and Sundays This Month

Going to the zoo may not be top of mind during the colder months, but seeing the North American animals at ZooAmerica could be just what you need to beat cabin fever. In general, winter is a great time to visit the zoo as it is often less crowded and the animals in the outdoor habitats like the gray wolves and river otters are typically more active when the temperature drops. Plus, ZooAmerica has some indoor areas to warm up, including the Southern Swamps building, which houses animals from forested wetlands and the Great Southwest building with animals from the desert region.

Another reason to visit this month? ZooAmerica is hosting Discovery Weekends in January 2022, so kids ages 8 and under can enter for free with the purchase of a regular or senior ticket every Saturday and Sunday this month. ABC27 shared more details in a recent Mommy Minute segment.

As part of the special programming, each weekend will feature unique themes for guests to learn about the zoo inhabitants. Here's the full schedule:

  • Jan. 8-9: Weathering the Winter
    • Discover how the animals survive the season
  • Jan. 15-16: BONE App├ętit
    • Learn about what animals eat
  • Jan. 22-23: Camo, Quills and Climbing
    • Find out how animals defend themselves
  • Jan. 29-30: Zookeeper Day
    • Explore what a Zoo Naturalist does each day

Don't forget! 2022 ZooAmerica Pass Holders can enjoy unlimited year-round visits to ZooAmerica and 2022 Hersheypark Season Pass Holders get free admission, too.

A visit to ZooAmerica is just one of the many things to do in Hershey, Pa., this winter. From hockey games to relaxation at the spa, there's plenty of winter fun to be had in The Sweetest Place On Earth.