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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected] to book a private overnight program.

Types of Overnights

Farm After Dark
Forests After Dark
Oceans After Dark

You have spoken and this South American superstar is ready for its close up! They may be the slowest animal on earth, but they may also be the quickest to fall in love with.

An Animal Care Staff from the Tropics Trail will be your guide as you go behind the scenes to get an unprecedented look at our loveable sloths. There will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures, and to get all your silly and serious sloth questions answered. The highlight of your experience though will sure to be feeding a sloth as it rests in its treetop home. Our first stop will be the Tropics Kitchen to see where all the action happens, and then we will head over to see the star of the show. Step into the actual habitat and see them from the most up close and personal points of view!

As is with all of our animals, it is up to them to decide how much they want to participate in any program or experience. We understand that many guests may want to hold a sloth; however, this is not permissible. Touching a sloth is highly unlikely as well. Even though they look cute and cuddly, they are still wild animals that are not accustomed to being held or touched and have sharp teeth and claws. Sloths also do not show visible signs of stress, and it has been discovered that their stress levels increase considerably when being touched or handled by an unfamiliar person. Handling them can also expose sloths to germs and bacteria, and a sloth’s skin and fur can be very sensitive to chemicals.

Note: This program involves climbing a short ladder, crouching through a small door to get into the habitat, and standing on uneven terrain in the habitat. If you are unable to do so, please contact us so we can adjust the experience to fit your needs. This program takes place in a behind-the-scenes area that is not wheelchair accessible.

Time: 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Date: offered on selected Saturdays throughout the year
Age: minimum 10 years old, participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult
Fee: $150 per person
Group Size: Maximum of 4 participants, smaller groups may be combined.

How to Register

Register Online

Questions? Email or call 952.431.9390.

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