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* (1 slice of pizza and juice) 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 for Family Overnights:
$49 per person for Zoo members
$59 per person for non-members

*If you have any dietary restrictions (example: gluten free pizza, etc.), please email educate@mnzoo.org to let us know a minimum of 1 week prior to your program so we can accommodate your needs.

To request a specific disability accommodation, please contact the Minnesota Zoo at least two weeks prior to your program at 952-431-9364 (voice), 1-800-627-3529 (TTY), or access@mnzoo.org. More information can be found on our Accessibility page.

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: Check our our new Adult Only Overnight! 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.

Types of Overnights

Farm After Dark
Forests After Dark
Oceans After Dark

At 10:00 and 2:00

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Experience the sights and sounds of the Hawaiian islands during our Hawaiian Monk Seal Demonstrations – daily at 12:00 and 2:00. Come and connect with these critically endangered marine mammals and their trainers in their new habitat in Discovery Bay, the only place to see these amazing animals outside of Hawaii. Learn more about Hawaiian monk seals, the challenges they face in the wild, and what the Minnesota Zoo and others are doing to help save them.

Learn more about the Hawaiian monk seals here.

Upcoming Dates

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