Family Overnight

As the sun sets and the stars come out, the forest changes…our new overnight program at the Minnesota Zoo is all about the amazing animals of the northern forests, from Minnesota to Alaska, as dusk turns to nightfall. What happens between dusk and dawn, at the Zoo and in the wild? During our packed program, you and your family will get to see our enormous grizzly bears up close, prepare a special treat for them, and talk to zoo keepers. Walk the Minnesota Trail after hours to see our wolves, coyotes, and more; work on activities and challenges to learn more about life after dark and at dawn; and learn more about life at the 48th parallel. This overnight is epic!

Overnights start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9 a.m. the following morning. After the conclusion of the program all participants are invited to enjoy the rest of the day at the Minnesota Zoo. We need a minimum of 15 people for the overnight to take place.

Ages: This event is open to people ages five and older. A minimum of one adult and one child is required.


$47 per person for Zoo members

$55 per person for non-members

Cost includes all activities, behind-the-scenes tour, evening snack (a slice of pizza and juice), breakfast, and a T-shirt.

Where do we sleep?: Depending on the weather, participants will sleep in either the Minnesota Lodge or beside the black bear exhibit! Foam sleeping mats are provided for under your sleeping bags. You can choose to bring your own air mattresses or sleeping mats as well, if you prefer.

How to Register

Register Online

Questions? Call 952.431.9390.

Upcoming Dates

  • Date: 09/29/2017-09/30/2017
  • Time: 6:30 PM