When the sun goes down, some animals go to sleep…but for others, life is just starting to get interesting. After everyone else has gone home, you and your family will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Minnesota Zoo, as you find out just what happens deep in the ocean, far into the northern forests, or on the family farm after dark. In our family overnights, kids age five and older and their families get a nose-to-nose encounter with our animals and learn exciting things about nature and wildlife. An evening snack and breakfast will be provided.

All overnights offered Fridays, starting at 6:30 p.m. and ending 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.

A minimum of one adult and one child is required. Learn more by clicking on the descriptions below. We need a minimum of 15 people for the overnight to take place.

Fees: $47 per person for Zoo members  $55 per person for non-members

For Groups: If you are a community or scout group looking for a group overnight click here.  If you are with a school group click here.

For Adults: Do you have a group of 15 or more adults interested in their very own Zoo overnight program? Contact educate@mnzoo.org to book a private overnight program, starting in October 2016. Are you a smaller group, still interested in a fun overnight at the Zoo without kids? Stay tuned for more adult-only programs in the coming year!

Types of Overnights

Farm After Dark
Forests After Dark
Oceans After Dark

Did you know that penguins can consume fish equaling up to 15 percent of their total body weight every single day? Come watch zookeepers as they feed our African penguins in the 3M Penguins of the African Coast exhibit! This is a great way to learn more about these active animals and ask our zookeepers any questions you may have. Feeding demonstrations are every day at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. behind the Penguin Café.

Upcoming Dates

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