Overnight Adventures
Spend the Night at the Zoo

Overnight Adventures

About Overnight Adventures

Overnight Adventures are currently on hold. Please check back this fall for updates.

Have you ever wanted to spend the night at the Zoo and learn something, too?

With our Overnight Adventure programs, you can! Each spring and fall our Nocturnal Adventure programs are available for school groups. During the summer months bring your youth, scout, or other group to experience a Summer Safari.

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Nocturnal Adventures For Schools

Come join us on one of our thematic evenings — Adaptation Station, Conservation Connection, Habitat Junction, Orangutans, or Zoo Careers — to help assist you teach these concepts to your class!

Cost: $50 per child and $30 per adult
Available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in April, May and October for a maximum of 100 guests.

What's Included in the Nocturnal Adventures?
  • Adaptation Station

    From where they live to what they eat, animals have adaptations to aid them in their surroundings. Our nightly activities investigate how adaptations help an animal survive. The night will include an after-hours tour, an evening hike through our Deserts building and an adaptation game. Together, we will explore how certain physical or behavioral characteristics aid an organism’s fight for resources, food and survival. Recommended for grades 2-5.

  • Conservation Connection

    Who’s endangered and why? Get connected and explore what you can do to help endangered species and habitats around the world. Participants will learn about how species become endangered and why caring for the animals at the Zoo is important to the survival of species in the wild. Over the course of the night, groups will be taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the dolphin kitchen, participate in after-hour exploration of the Oceans building, and learn more about conservation through games and a craft. Join us to find out more about what you can do to help protect the earth and its inhabitants! Recommended for grades 2-5.

  • Habitat Junction

    Who lives where and why? Discover the importance of habitats to animals and see what it takes for the Zoo to put together a habitat. Groups will be taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of Oceans to see what it takes to put together a habitat at the Zoo. Also, participants will go on an exploratory night hike in our Gardens, play games and make a craft. Recommended for grades 2-5.

  • Orangutans

    Spend the night at the Zoo and discover the world of orangutans and orangutan conservation. In the morning you and your students will be some of the first people into the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center where you will have an opportunity to come face to face with our orangutans.

  • Zoo Careers

    Ever wonder what it would be like to work at a zoo? Investigate the wide range of careers found at the zoo. Go behind the scenes and see how the zoo works for people and animals. Recommended for grades 6-12.

Overnights for Youth Groups, Scout Groups, Clubs and More
Summer Safaris

Cost: $50 per child, $30 per adult

Have you ever wanted to take an evening trek through the wild? At the Indianapolis Zoo, you can! During our Summer Safaris, you will discover the animals of Africa and beyond on this overnight adventure. This summer safari takes place at the Zoo where you will explore animals big and small. You'll take an after-hours hike in the African Plains and go behind the scenes in the Zoo Commissary while being guided by one of our knowledgeable educators. Available select dates in June, July, and August.

Requirements for Participation
  • Participants must be at least 6 years old to participate in any Indianapolis Zoo overnight program.
  • All participants must have a signed waiver of liability before beginning the program. Participants under the age of 18 must have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • All school and scout groups must provide a certificate of liability insurance.
  • Nocturnal Adventures must be registered by a member of staff or administrator for the school.
  • Please note that our overnights have minimum attendance requirements (35 for Nocturnal Adventure and Summer Safari and 25 for Bunk for a Badge programs). If you have a smaller group, please consider signing up for a date with another group.
  • Group overnights require a deposit of $100 due at time of registration with the remaining balance due 30 days prior to your overnight.

Additional Overnight Information

  • Your program fees include Zoo and White River Gardens admission, parking fees, all activities, spending the night at the Zoo, and a catered breakfast buffet.
  • Just like schools, we have a scholastic season and a summer season. During the school year, we offer Nocturnal Adventures for school groups. We also offer Summer Safari programs in warmer months, and Girl Scout Bunk for a Badge programs in the summer.
  • Your group may be joined by others. The maximum number of participants for a Nocturnal Adventures or Summer Safari is 100.
  • Please note that our overnights also have minimal attendance requirements, and the Zoo reserves the right to cancel due to participation numbers that do not meet our minimums. We will notify you at least two weeks in advance if we need to cancel.
  • Overnight guests sleep on the floor in one of our indoor event spaces. Air mattresses are welcome. Bathroom facilities are available but no showers.
  • Below is a sample itinerary during an Overnight Adventure. Specific activities and schedule for each overnight vary depending upon the program selected. For all overnights, the first group to register gets to select the topic. Please note that the Zoo reserves the right to change any programming as necessary, including anything listed above. Also, please understand that we are not equipped to mix and match the activities.
  • Please note that the Zoo reserves the right to change any programming as necessary, including anything listed above. Also, please understand that we are not equipped to mix and match the activities.
DAY ONE (Sample Itinerary)



Welcome & Orientation


Activity #1


Activity #2


Activity #3


Snack & Movie


Lights Out

DAY TWO (Sample Itinerary)

Wake Up Call




Zoo Field Trip on Your Own

Register your school for a Nocturnal Adventure

No Nocturnal Adventures are currently available. Please check back in fall of 2022 for updates.

Register your group for a Summer Safari

No Summer Safaris are currently available. Please check back in spring of 2023 for updates.