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

Are you ready to get a little closer to our three brown bears? Join Sadie, Kenai, and Haines – the stars of our Russia’s Grizzly Coast exhibit – during this interactive education program at the Minnesota Zoo!

During your adventure, enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences as you meet zoo keepers, journey behind-the-scenes to multiple locations, and see our grizzly bears closer than almost anyone else. Offer a brown bear a breakfast snack before they head out onto exhibit for the day, toss them special “enrichment” treats from above their exhibit, and help prep the “dinner meal” for the three bears to eat later that day. Throughout the morning, learn about grizzly bears in the wild and our bears at the Zoo, including their personalities and what makes them unique.

Experience the awe-inspiring moment of meeting a grizzly bear. Sadie, Kenai, and Haines can’t wait to meet you!

Note: This program involves climbing a set of stairs and crouching and stepping through a small doorway. If you are unable to do so, please contact us so we can adjust the experience to fit your needs.

Time: 8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Date: Offered on select Saturdays and Sundays
Ages: Minimum 8 years old, participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult
Fee: $150 per participant
Group Size: Maximum of six participants, smaller groups may be combined.

How to Register

Register Online

Questions? Email or call 952.431.9390.

Upcoming Dates

  • Date: 08/09/2020
  • Time: 8:30 AM
  • Date: 08/09/2020
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Date: 08/14/2020-08/15/2020
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Date: 08/15/2020
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Date: 08/17/2020
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Date: 08/22/2020
  • Time: 8:00 AM
  • Date: 08/22/2020
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date: 08/29/2020
  • Time: 8:30 AM
  • Date: 09/19/2020
  • Time: 12:30 PM
  • Date: 09/25/2020-09/26/2020
  • Time: 6:30 PM