Your Group can book a private Overnight Adventures!

Perfect for Schools, Scouts, Youth Groups, Clubs and more. Visit our Schools & Groups page to explore our offerings.

Family Sunset Safari: Goodnight Zoo

Join us as we say “goodnight” to some daytime animals and “good morning” to some of our nighttime friends. You and your family will experience live animal encounters, an evening hike, and even a behind-the-scenes sneak peek into what it’s like caring for some of our magnificent animals.

Children must be at least 5 years old at time of the program. All participants must register.

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DETAILS, DATES, PRICING

Date: Last date of the season! September 24th
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $45 member/$50 non-member, per person

Note: Children must be at least 5 years old at time of the program. All attendees must register, including adults. At least one adult must register with a family group. Due to the nature of the experience, we are unable to allow children under the age of 5 attend the program.

All attendees must wear a mask when outlined (see FAQ).

Adult Sunset Safari – The African Sundowner

Join us for a two-part adventure! An interactive social hour with drinks and light bites and a visit from a unique animal is just the beginning. Then, small tour groups led by Zoo Educators will hike around the Zoo and even take a sneak peek behind the scenes. Discover our amazing African wildlife and conservation stories through a night hike and get up-close with live animal encounters. This experience also includes behind-the-scenes sneak peeks into what it’s like to care for these African animals.

All attendees must be 21+ at time of program.

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DETAILS, DATES, COST

Date: Last date of the season! October 15th (Sweetest Day!). Registration closes 10 days before each event.
Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Cost: $155 member/$165 non-member, per person

Social Hour: The interactive social hour will include:

  • Two drink tickets that can be used for beer, wine, or soda.
  • Light bite fare of Cheese and Charcuterie boards provided by Urban Stead Cheese, a local cheese company making cheese in-house.

Hike and Behind-the-Scenes: Make sure to wear your walking shoes, as after our social hour, we’ll be walking through the Zoo to see our African animals. During the tour, attendees will go behind-the-scenes and see what life is like as an African animal caregiver, including seeing indoor spaces, prep areas, and kitchen.

Note: All attendees must be 21+ at time of program. All attendees must wear a mask when outlined (see FAQ).

Private Cart Tours

Imagine spending an evening at the Zoo, zipping around to your favorite destinations. This two-hour private tour will take you and five of your friends all around the Zoo choose-your-own-adventure style. Led by an experienced Zoo Educator, your group will learn all about the Zoo, its amazing animals, conservation projects, and more! Come ready to ask questions and get the inside scoop. 

You and your group will book out an entire cart. Carts can accommodate up to 6 passengers. Attendees must be at least 12 years old at the time of a program. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

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Date/Time: Thursdays – Saturdays, starting at 4:30pm
Cost: Tour and Drinks: $600; Tour Only: $550
Duration: 2 hours
Group Capacity: 6 person group, adults or groups with ages 12+. All groups must include one adult.

Mobility: For those with mobility concerns, cart tours may be the ideal way to learn about our Zoo! Please note there may be times when your party will need to move on/off the cart and walk a short distance.

Tour and Hops Beer Garden: This experience includes 2 drinks person at Hops Beer Garden (beer or soda).


Note:  Submitting this request does not guarantee that the date and time you have requested will be fulfilled. The Education Department will be in contact with you within 2-5 days of your request to officially book your experience. Once you have booked an experience, you have secured your exclusive reservation. No refunds will be issued. Program may be rescheduled at no extra cost if rescheduled at least 48 hours in advance. This unique offering is not a behind-the-scenes tour. 

FAQ and Policies

General FAQ

What should we bring for the family/adult program?

Attendees should wear closed toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Please bring a refillable water bottle to use at our water refill stations.

Please bring a mask. Masks are required for everyone during certain animal experiences and behind-the-scenes. Please note that mask policies may change at any time and may vary by program/location and general admission.

How old must participants be?

For Family Sunset Safaris: Children must be at least 5 years old at time of the program. All attendees must register, including adults. At least one adult must register with a family group. Due to the nature of the experience, we are unable to allow children under the age of 5 attend the program.

For Adult Sunset Safaris: All attendees must be at least 21 years old at the time of the program.

For Private Cart Tours: Attendees must be at least 12 years old at the time of a program. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.  

What is the earliest/latest we can arrive?

The Education Building entrance will open 15 minutes prior to your program beginning. If you arrive early, please wait patiently in the Education Parking Lot until we are ready for you.

You are attending a Zoo program when the Zoo is closed. Late arrivals can only be accommodated via a previously discussed arrangement.

What is your weather policy?

Programs happen rain or shine. Rain & wind may affect some program activities, such as where activities take place. If severe weather is imminent, we have safety locations we will remain until it has passed. Your safety during a program is our top priority!

Cancellation Policy

The Zoo reserves the right to cancel a program. Every effort will be made to contact registrants if this occurs. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Education Department will offer refunds for all eligible programs cancelled by the participant up to two weeks before the date of the Programs. No refunds or credits will be given for eligible programs cancelled by the participants within two weeks of the program date.

For Family and Adult Sunset Safaris:
Reschedule Policy

  • If you need to reschedule, you may reschedule up to two weeks prior to your program date. Your program fee will be applied to your new date.
  • We cannot reschedule participants within two weeks of the program start date.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance to receive a refund.
  • If you choose to cancel your program within two weeks of the program date, no refund or credit can be given.

To cancel or reschedule, please email [email protected].

For Private Cart Tours:
No refunds will be issued. Program may be rescheduled at no extra cost if rescheduled at least 48 hours in advance.

Safety FAQ

What is the masking policy?

Masks are required for all attendees during animal experiences and behind-the-scenes, regardless of vaccination status.

Please bring a mask. Masks are required for everyone during certain animal experiences and behind-the-scenes. Please note that mask policies may change at any time and may vary by program/location and general admission.

Are there any exceptions to wearing masks ?

Any attendee must wear a mask when outlined above. Due to the nature of the After-Hours program experience, it is our priority to keep all attendees, animals, and staff safe. Live animal encounters allow attendees to be up-close and personal with a variety of animals, including mammals that may be susceptible to the disease.

Will I be grouped with other attendees?

For Family & Adult Sunset Safaris: Yes, Education Instructors will lead small tour groups on hikes and for live animal encounters. You and your registration group may be placed with other attendees.

For Cart Tours: No, your group will have a private cart tour with your tour guide. No other groups will join you.

Will groups be socially distanced?

It is not currently a guideline for attendees to maintain 6’ distance within their tour group for an entire program. All  tour groups will remain a safe distance apart at all times, and shared spaces will be disinfected between use. Attendees will be using private restrooms not accessible to the general public.

Will time be spend time indoors?

Programs will have a variety of indoor and outdoor experiences. However, your group will spend the majority of the program outdoors for activities, hikes, and games.

CALL OR EMAIL: 513-559-7730 OR [email protected]

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