Zoo After Hours

What happens after the Zoo closes each day? Join us for this inaugural series and find out for yourself as you explore the Zoo After Hours!

Twice each month, from June – August, the Zoo is extending its hours and inviting you to connect with our natural wonder in a unique way.

Zoo After Hours on select Fridays are for adults 18+; Zoo After Hours on select Saturdays are for all, kids and adults alike!

Grab your friends, family, and neighbors to explore indoor and outdoor trails – all while enjoying food, drinks, music, and of course majestic animals from around the world. Best of all, when you attend one of our special Zoo After Hours events, you are actively contributing toward helping save wildlife throughout Minnesota and beyond!

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Zoo After Hours for Adults (18+)

Friday, August 6, 4:30pm – 9pm

Zoo After Hours for All (kids & adults)

Saturday, August 28, 4:30pm – 9pm

What’s Available During Zoo After Hours?

Tropics Trail and Minnesota Trail: 4:30 – 8:30pm
Russia’s Grizzly Coast and Northern Trail: 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Wells Fargo Family Farm: 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Education Table: 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Gift Store: 4:30pm – 9pm
Music: 4:30 – 9pm
Food and beverage will be available for purchase; must be 21+ to drink, no outside alcoholic beverages permitted
Unique Experiences to be announced

Ticket Information

Tickets are limited. Advanced, online ticket purchase is needed to attend. Parking in Zoo lots is complimentary during our Zoo After Hours events.

Member Adult: $10
Non-Member Adult: $20
Member Child (age 3-12): $7
Non-Member Child (age 3-12): $7
Pricing is subject to change
Children age 2 and younger are free; a reservation is still needed

Candid Critters Scavenger Hunt

Grab your smart phone and follow us on social for a Candid Critter Virtual Scavenger Hunt. During the Zoo After hours event, we’ll share clues on our official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account that will guide you to a specific animal habitat. If you think you’ve figured it out, snap a photo and share it with #MNZooAfterHours or tag us (@MNZoo) for a chance to win a $50 Minnesota Zoo gift card and an animal plush! The randomly selected winner will be chosen and notified the following Monday after the event.

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