Get Ready for the Wildest Nightlife in Town!


Ever wondered what the zoo is like after hours? Our overnights put you and your group in the middle of the zoo at night where you will get to take a night hike, participate in fun, educational activities, get a peek at some of the zoo’s behind-the-scenes areas, and meet some of our animal ambassadors up close and personal! All three of our overnight programs meet our educational goals: to foster a sense of wonder, share knowledge, and advocate active involvement with wildlife and wild places.

Overnights are great activities for schools, scout groups, families, and more. Our staff will provide your group with a fun-filled night they won’t forget!

Ready to spend the night at the Zoo? To learn more about our overnight programs, check out our offerings below!

To get more information or to register for an overnight, fill out this online request form or call the Education Department at (513) 559-7767. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How to schedule

  • To schedule an overnight, fill out this online request form or call the Education Department at (513)559-7767. Our reception team will be able to answer any questions you have and guide you through the sign-up process.
  • A $150 deposit is due within 2 weeks of registering for a program. We cannot hold dates without a deposit beyond 2 weeks.
  • Full payment is required 4 weeks before the program.
  • Cost for participation varies for each program.
    • Animal Adaptations and Africa Predator Prowl – $40 per person
    • Sleep with the Manatees – $45 per person
    • Twiga Tented Camp – $750 per tent (each tent holds up to 10 people with 4 available tents)
    • For school groups only- all teachers or paid staff are free.
  • The minimum number of paying participants is 15 (Twiga Tented Camp has no minimum required)
  • Each group must have one adult chaperone for every ten children.
  • Unless participating in a Family Night, age restrictions are program based; please see program details.

How to prepare

  • Review the Overnight Program Information Packet. This packet includes our policies, an itinerary of your night, packing suggestions, FAQs and program rules. Please share this information with everyone in your group prior to your overnight.
  • Don’t forget to eat dinner before your arrive and to pack an evening snack!


  • Check in begins at 6:45pm (5:45pm for Family Overnights only). You will be arriving via the Erkenbrecher Ave. Education Gate. Review the Map & Directions (PDF).
  • Please do not arrive prior to 6:30pm. Zoo gates will be closed and locked until 6:30pm, and your group will not have access to Zoo parking. As check-in doesn’t begin until 6:45, please stay in the parking lot until we are ready to begin your program check-in at 6:45pm.
  • Late arrivals can be accommodated by prior arrangement only. The Zoo gates will be locked shortly after the program begins.

During your stay

  • During your overnight you will spend time outside. This is an all weather event, so dress appropriately and comfortably! Close-toed shoes are required in all behind-the-scenes areas of the Zoo.
  • Evening snack is the responsibility of your group. A breakfast of cereal, fruit, granola bars, juice, coffee, and tea will be provided in the morning.


  • Your group is welcome to visit the Zoo the following day at no extra charge.
  • If your group is staying, your cars and/or buses will be asked to relocate to general parking.

Overnight Adventures Cancellation/ Change Policy

All $150 overnight deposits are non-refundable. To reschedule an overnight there is a $50 rescheduling fee and you must contact us at least 30 days prior to the program.

If you must cancel or change your overnight or your group totals have changed, please contact us as soon as possible at 513-559-7767.

Questions or to register contact the Education Department at (513) 559-7767 or email [email protected]

Overnight Programs & General Groups

With 4 unique overnight experiences to choose from, any group will find an exciting overnight adventure!
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School Overnights

Enhance your students’ learning with an overnight where the Zoo is your living classroom! School overnights to the Zoo are available Tuesday-Saturday, January-November. Our overnight topics have been written with Academic Standards in mind.
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Scout Overnights

A Zoo Overnight is the perfect educational bonding experience for your scout troop! Schedule a regular overnight or add a badge extension for: Cadette Scouts – Night Owl Badge or Webelo Scouts -Naturalist Badge.
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Family Overnights

These special evenings are planned throughout the year so your family can come enjoy and overnight program at the Zoo. These programs are designed for parents and children, age 5 and up. Come sleep with the manatees, prowl the African exhibit, or sleep under the stars during our family camp out!
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