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.


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 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?

  • $30/ Member, $35/ 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 registrars@cincinnatizoo.org

Dates & Topics

FAMILY SLEEP WITH THE MANATEESAdults and children 5 years old and up are invited to spend the night with our resident Florida manatees. During this over night you will enjoy two sneak peaks behind the scenes, play games, and fall asleep with manatees swimming at your feet.

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January 18 or February 15: 6 pm-9 am
WILD WINTER NIGHTSAdults and children 5 years old and up are invited to have a wild time during these long winter nights and sleep over at the Zoo! Have you ever wondered where animals spend the winter months? Or where animals get their food when the ground is covered with snow? Play games, tour buildings, meets some of our animal ambassadors, and even go behind the scenes. We hope you’ll den up at the Zoo for Wild Winter Nights!

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January 18 or February 15: 6 pm-9 am
SUNSET SAFARIWant to experience the Zoo late at night but would rather sleep in your own bed? During Sunset Safari you will enjoy an up-close animal encounter, night hike through the Zoo and a peak behind the scenes.

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Dates TBD (call if you would like to book a date for 15 or more people)