Spend the night at the wildest place in town!

Join the Zoo’s overnight program, Overnight Adventures, for special evenings designed for parents and children, age 5 and up. During the program, you will hike the Zoo, go behind the scenes, experience live animal encounters, and engage in other exciting activities. Awake to lion and gibbon calls, have breakfast, and then enjoy a special animal encounter.

Who can participate?

  • Children and Adults 5 years old and up.

When are Family Nights available?

  • Year round. See below for dates and topics.
  • Family Overnight start at 6pm. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early.

How much are Family Nights?

  • Prices vary per program.

Where do Family Nights take place?

  • Twiga participants sleep in our brand new tented camp built on the edge of the Giraffe Ridge exhibit.
  • Sleep with the Manatees participants sleep in the Manatees Springs building.
  • Most other family overnights sleep in the Harold C. Schott Education Center.

Questions? contact us at (513) 559-7767 or email [email protected]

Dates & Topics

Sleep With The ManateesDid you know that The Cincinnati Zoo is one of only two institutions outside of Florida that rescue and rehabilitate manatees? Come experience a once-in-a-lifetime sleepover with these gentle giants! During the overnight you will enjoy two sneak peeks behind the scenes, hike the Zoo at night, play games, experience animal encounters and fall asleep with our resident manatee, swimming at your feet. For families with children 5 years old and up.
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March 17, April 13, May 25, June 16, July 7, August 4, or September 1: 6pm-9am
African Tented Camp Overnight
Transport yourself to Africa during this brand new tented camp overnight experience at the Zoo! Built on the edge of the newly expanded Giraffe exhibit Twiga Tented Camp offers an intimate, high-end, authentic adventure at the Zoo including special encounters with African animals, behind the scenes tours, comfortable cots in safari tents, a continental breakfast and so much more. For families with children 5 years old and up.
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April 7, May 12, May 26, June 8, or June 29. July 13, 27, August 10, 18, 31, or September 1: 6pm-9am
Creature QUESTCome explore the zoo, learning to observe and wonder about the world around you. Through tours, up-close encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, and fun activities, you will go on a QUEST for answers! For families with children 5 years old and up.
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May 26: 6pm-9am
Africa Predator ProwlProwl the Zoo at night searching for predators of Africa and beyond while learning about the vital role predators play in an ecosystem and how humans and predators coexist together. Groups will meet ambassadors, hike the Zoo at night, get a peek behind the scenes, and do a hands-on investigation exploring predation techniques in the African Savannah. For families with children 5 years old and up.
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July 14: 6pm-9am
Sunset Safari Want to experience the Zoo late at night but would rather sleep in your own bed? Sunset Safaris are an evening, after-hours program that begins at 6pm and ends at 11pm. Dates TBD (call 513-559-7767 if you would like to book a date for 15 or more people)