Earlier this year I purchased a combined Zoo & Science Museum family membership through CuriOdyssey formerly called Coyote Point out in California. Mind you, we live in Ohio and have no plans (to my knowledge) of ever going to California. My sister (Jess) and her family here in Ohio received this as a gift from one of her in-laws and it was the best deal I had ever heard of so I bought one for our family.
CuriOdyssey is part of the AZA and ASTC reciprocal Zoo & Science Museum program. By purchasing a membership through them ($65 when I bought it earlier this year) we automatically got the reciprocal membership as well which includes 400 other zoos/science museums.
Before I made the $65 purchase I called some of our Ohio zoo/science museums that were on the reciprocal list and made sure they were still part of the program and found out whether we were free (such as the Akron Zoo) or just discounted.
All you have to do is figure up the cost of just one of the places your family enjoys visiting (on the AZA or ASTC list) and see how cost effective having a membership like this is. This is a great gift for a family, especially a homeschooling family (free field trips!).
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