Spend the night at the wildest place in town!

Join the Zoo’s overnight program, Nocturnal 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 peacock and gibbon calls, have breakfast, and then enjoy a special animal show.

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 and start at $35/ Member or $40/ Non-Member

Where do Family Nights take place?

  • Camp Out participants will sleep outside near the Education Center, behind 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.
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March 18 or May 20: 6 pm 9 am
Animal Adaptations Ever wonder why an owl has such big eyes or why an armadillo is covered in plates? Come find out what adaptations our animals need to survive in the wild! During the overnight you will go behind the-scenes, hike through the Zoo at night, and meet some animals with cool adaptations up close!
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March 18 or May 20: 6 pm 9 am
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.
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April 8 or May 6: 6 pm-9 am
Sunset Safari Want to experience the Zoo late at night but would rather sleep in your own bed? Sunset Safari's 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)