Overnight Adventures
Spend the Night at the Zoo

Nocturnal Adventures



Have you ever wanted to spend the night at the Zoo? You can! And you’ll learn something new, too.

Designed especially for school and youth groups, each night is themed and includes a behind-the-scenes tour, viewing some of the Zoo’s habitats and animal residents at night and hands-on exploration of how the Zoo helps to save species from extinction.

Nocturnal Adventures programs are available for school groups each fall & spring and for scout & youth groups during the summer.

Cost: $70 per person. Minimum 35 guests per session; maximum 100.

Program Topics

    From where they live to what they eat, animals have special adaptations for their surroundings that help them survive. Explore our Deserts building in the evening and discover animal adaptations for day and night! Recommended for children in grades 2-5.


    Get connected and learn how and why species become endangered and how we all can help them survive and thrive. See how the orangutans and other Zoo animals spend their evenings and learn how you can help protect wildlife. Recommended for children in grades 2-5.


    What animals live where and why? How does a habitat change at night? Explore our Oceans building after hours and learn how the Zoo creates habitats to provide for the wellbeing of the animals in our care. Recommended for children in grades 2-5.

Program Details

Each program includes all evening activities, evening snack, indoor sleeping accommodations, breakfast buffet, parking and admission to the Zoo for the day following your overnight.

  • Parking: Vehicles may unload luggage at the admission entrance of the Zoo. Vehicles staying overnight should park in the main Zoo lot.
  • Check-in begins at 6:30pm: Zoo staff will meet overnight groups at the admission entrance to the Zoo. Participants should have all their overnight luggage with them. Zoo staff will direct groups where to put luggage. Luggage will not be taken to the evening activities, so be sure to keep anything you will need before bedtime with you. Each participant is responsible for getting their own luggage to the sleeping area.
  • Evening activities: All program activities begin around 7:15pm.
  • Sleeping arrangements: Your group will sleep in one of the designated sleeping areas, such as the Dolphin Gallery or the Hix Institute. The Zoo reserves the right to move your group’s sleeping area. At the end of the night’s activities, Zoo staff will review sleeping arrangements and safety procedures and answer any questions. Education staff will stay overnight. Zoo Security staff are on site 24 hours a day. Lights out is around 10:15 pm.
  • Morning: A wake-up call is issued at 7am. Groups will pack up before breakfast. A breakfast buffet will be served starting at 7:30am. Following breakfast, luggage should be stored in vehicles until the end of the visit.
  • Animal encounter: Zoo staff will guide groups to a private animal encounter area. Afterward, program participants are free to explore the Zoo on their own.
  • Additional meals: Lunch or dinner can be provided for your group through the Zoo’s catering partner. Please call Centerplate at (317) 488-5555 for more information.

Program Requirements

  • Participants must be at least 6 years old.
  • 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.
  • School groups must be registered by a staff member or administrator for the school.
  • Every attempt will be made to accommodate groups of all sizes, but minimum and maximum attendance levels are necessary to guarantee the quality of our programs.
    • Each session has a minimum attendance of 35 individuals (adults and youth) and a maximum of 100.
    • If you have a smaller group, you may sign up for a date to combine with another group.
    • If a date has not reached its minimum 30 days prior to the date of the event, the overnight may be cancelled. We will contact you to assist you with a refund or moving your group to an available date.
  • A deposit of $100 is due at time of registration with the remaining balance due 30 days prior to your program. A $25.00 processing fee is charged to change a reservation.
  • Refunds/cancellations: A 14-day cancellation notification is required to issue a full refund, minus the $100 deposit. We offer no refunds—partial or full—if your group cancels less than 14 days before the overnight date.