Dollar Day survival guide

JULY 18 IS DOLLAR DAY AT THE ZOO

It’s that time of year again at the Zoo—Dollar Day! This annual summer day is our way of giving back and saying “thank you” to our amazing community that supports us year-round. While Dollar Day is one of the most exciting days at the Zoo, it’s also one of the busiest. So here are a few tips to help you make the most of your Zoo day:

  • GET HERE EARLY. Parking lots open at 7 a.m. and gates at 9 a.m., but lines will begin forming at the entrances well before that.
  • TAKE THE DART RED LINE RIGHT TO OUR DOOR. Parking is limited, and with the attendance we expect on Dollar Day, public transportation is such a great alternative to driving personal vehicles.
    • Or consider ride shares like Uber or Lyft to avoid parking.
  • COME WITH A PLAN. Take a look at a map of the Zoo before you come and figure out your plan for the day. Consider which half of the Zoo you want to visit first: Wilds of Africa (hippos, giraffes, elephants, lions, Gorilla Trail) or ZooNorth (Children’s Zoo, reptiles, tiger, monkeys, otters, etc.). Also consider which special events you want to catch. We have keeper chats throughout the day, as well as the 20-minute, interactive DinoSOAR wildlife show and our popular Cheetah Encounter.
    • Also consider snacks! You are welcome to bring your own (Glass items, alcoholic beverages and single-use disposable straws are not permitted. Also keep in mind that we do not have facilities available for food or cooler storage.) We’ll have $1 dollar deals on select snacks, including hot dogs and chips, as well as canned water.
  • PREPARE FOR THE WEATHER. The forecast calls for sun, with temps that will feel like over 100 degrees. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen and stay hydrated throughout the day!
  • PACK YOUR PATIENCE. The Zoo is going to be crowded. This day is always one of our busiest. Please be patient if you encounter lines and please be kind to Zoo staff as well as our other guests.
  • SPEAK UP IF YOU NEED HELP. If you have a question, problem, or just need directions, please find a uniformed staffer and ask for help. We’re here to make sure you have the best experience!

Sponsored by Children’s Health, Sprint, and Swedish Fish, Dollar Day is going to be a busy day full of fun. We can’t wait to see you here!

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35 thoughts on “Dollar Day survival guide

  1. Emily Sidloski

    Dollar Day sounds amazing! Is it only for Dallas city residents? Or is it open to the general public? We just moved to Allen from Indy…all of my ID is still Indiana. But this would be a wonderful way to see if our 3 kids would like a membership. But I would hate to take the train all the way there just to find out we can’t participate.
    Thank you!

    • Chelsey

      Welcome to Dallas! Dollar Day is open to the general public. Hope to see you next week!

      • Emily

        Thank you, Chelsey!
        We are planning an early arrival and packing our patience! 🙂

  2. So we can bring our own bag of snacks , how about an umbrella too

  3. ramona winkfield

    What is the cost to get into the zoo on this day.

    • Chelsey

      It’s $1 per person to get into the Zoo on Dollar Day, this Thursday July 18.

  4. When is dollar day?

  5. Johana

    Is dollar day for adults too or just for kids?

    • Chelsey

      It’s for adults and kids alike! General admission is $1 per person. Children 2 and under are free.

  6. Sandra Flores

    How much will be for parking? $$

    • Chelsey

      Parking is $10 but keep in mind that it will fill up fast! We recommend taking DART (the red line drops you off right at our front gate) or ride shares.

  7. Tony

    Can we bring a cooler with drinks and food?

    • Chelsey

      Yes you can, although alcohol, glass items and single-use straws are not allowed. Please keep in mind that we are expecting large crowds and there are no facilities available for food or cooler storage.

  8. Jason King

    Can you bring cooler of food

    • Chelsey

      Yes you can, although alcohol, glass items and single-use straws are not allowed. Please keep in mind that we are expecting large crowds and there are no facilities available for food or cooler storage.

  9. Valerie

    How much is parking on dollar day ??

    • Chelsey

      Parking is $10 but keep in mind that it will fill up fast! We recommend taking DART (the red line drops you off right at our front gate) or ride shares.

  10. What if i arrive around 11am? Do you cloae the doors in some point?

  11. What if i arrive around 11am? Do you close the doors in some point?

    • Chelsey

      Nope! We are open all day. We just recommend that you get here early to beat the crowds.

  12. Ivan Campos

    Is dollar day all day ? And what time do yall close

  13. Christy hardy

    Do patron members get in before 9?

    • Chelsey

      We won’t be letting anyone in before 9am, so sorry! But your membership includes free zoo admission all year long, so we would also recommend coming to the zoo on another day when we’ll be less crowded.

  14. At what time should I start making the line in the front of the parking lot for having a greater chance to get in? Thanks

  15. At what time should I start making the line for the parking lot to get. Chance to get in?

  16. Is there any posibility of arrive later around 11am? Or do you close doors at some point….

  17. I heard that there might be food for a $1.00 is it true

    • Chelsey

      Yes, that’s true! We have $1 hot dogs, chips and water today.

  18. Patricia

    What time close ?

  19. Francisco Hernandez

    How long does it take to go around the zoo on average?

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