The Virginia Zoo and the Y are swapping members in August!

18 July 2019
ROAR! Young girl with her face painted as a tiger happily roaring.

Have a ROARING good time at the Virginia Zoo in August!

The Virginia Zoo and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads and the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA are swapping members for the month of August. This will be the first swap for the Y, and the Virginia Zoo’s largest swap yet. Approximately 64,000 YMCA member households of all South Hampton Roads and Peninsula YMCA locations will enjoy free, unlimited admission to the Virginia Zoo for the month of August, plus 10 percent discounts in the gift shop and food service locations. Members of the Virginia Zoo who visit any of the 22 YMCA of South Hampton Roads locations or 14 Peninsula Metropolitan locations in August will enjoy unlimited group exercise classes, childcare for up to two hours per day when at the Y and state of the art fitness equipment. Zoo members can also take advantage of member reduced paid programs such as personal training and camp in the month of August.  
YMCA members who join the Virginia Zoo during the month of August can take advantage of a $5 discount on a Virginia Zoo membership. Additionally, the Y will waive the joining fee (up to a $75 value) for Zoo members that join the Y in August or September.


  • Show your verification email (you should receive this on July 18 in the evening) with a photo ID and your membership card (keytag or app) at the Zoo entrance, in the gift shop and at food service locations. 

  • Stop by Member Services for a membership verification form and show it, along with a photo ID and your membership card (keytag or app), at the Zoo entrance, in the gift shop and at food service locations. 


  • Zoo members simply show their valid Virginia Zoo membership card, a photo ID and complete a guest waiver form at any South Hampton Roads or Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA to gain access.

About the Virginia Zoo
The Virginia Zoo, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is home to more than 700 exceptional animals representing over 100 fascinating species. Founded in 1901 and residing on 53 beautifully landscaped acres, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to saving and protecting the world’s wildlife by inspiring a passion for nature and taking conservation action at home and around the world. The Virginia Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is recognized as a global leader in education, recreation, science, wildlife conservation, and animal care and welfare. For more than a century, the Zoo has connected adults, families and school children with the natural world and its wildlife. To learn more, visit

About the YMCA of South Hampton Roads
The YMCA of South Hampton Roads is a nonprofit, community-based health and human services organization that serves over 250,000 children and families throughout Coastal Virginia, Northeastern North Carolina and as west as South Boston/Halifax County in Virginia. More than 30% of those families receive financial assistance through the Open Doors program, whose funding is made available by the generosity of donors, helping them achieve their full potential in spirit, mind and body. The Y’s doors are open to people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and incomes. Learn more at

The Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA is a cause-driven charity, strengthening communities on the Virginia peninsulas for over 120 years, through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Association, 18 facilities engage 50,000 + men, women and children — regardless of age, income or background — to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve our community’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Peninsula Y has long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.