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Zoo Overnights

Family Overnights are back with brand new adventures!

General Information

  • Zoo Overnights are for participants ages 6 and up
  • Overnights begin promptly at 7 p.m. and conclude the following morning at 9 a.m.
  • Pricing is per person and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; we require one adult for every five kids age 6 – 17. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted.
  • Registration closes one week before the scheduled program date. No additions will be permitted after registration has closed.
  • Program Scheduling & Refunds: Guests who provide a written notice of cancellation to on or before 3 weeks (21 days) prior to the program date will receive a full refund, excluding the cost of a group nonrefundable deposit. No refund will be issued after this date. Rescheduling is subject to availability at a $25 change fee.
  • A minimum of 20 participants must be in attendance to conduct overnights; we do occasionally have to cancel due to low registration, and will notify you on the Tuesday prior to the event.

Overnight experiences are front-of-scenes for the safety of our animals and guests. If you are interested in a behind-the-scenes experience for your child, please check out our Animal Encounters page!


Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Join us for a special after-hours overnight celebrating Earth Day and learn how you can help protect the environment and save wildlife! We’ll see what the animals are up to at dusk on a guided hike around the Zoo and meet endangered animals up close.

By participating in this program, your family will explore some of the conservation efforts the Houston Zoo supports and find out how you can be a conservation hero, too!

Evening snack, a light breakfast, and next-day admission are included. We will be camping  indoors in our Brown Education Center!

Nocturnal Nights

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Calling all night owls! Discover how the world around you changes when the sun goes down and meet animals specially adapted to living in the dark. Learn about nocturnal senses on our evening night hike and experience the Zoo in a whole new way!

Evening snack, a light breakfast, and next-day admission are included. We will be camping indoors in our Brown Education Center!

Buzz n’ Snooze

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Back for its second year running, join us for a wild night at the Zoo and get the buzz on the fascinating world of pollinators! Many animals –such as lemurs, bats, ladybugs, and bees –help plants complete their life cycle by moving pollen from one plant to another. This is a very important process if you like chocolate, fruits, or ice cream!

Celebrate these miracle workers and discover how you can help provide important habitats for many species right in your own backyard!

Evening snack, a light breakfast, and next-day admission are included. We will be camping indoors in our Brown Education Center!



Ambassador Animals

Zoo Overnights provide the opportunity for you to get up close and interact with our ambassador animals. Connect with a variety of animals, including small mammals, reptiles and birds. Learn what they eat and how they are cared for as a member of the Houston Zoo family. Meet our amazing ambassadors and find out how you and your group can take action to save animals in the wild on your next evening or overnight experience!

We’ll surprise you with a selection of delightful critters; it is not possible to reserve specific animals when you register for one of our programs.


What To Bring

  • comfortable walking shoes
  • reusable water bottle
  • weather appropriate outerwear – ponchos/jackets
  • bug spray/insect repellent
  • sleeping bag, pillow, sleeping pad or cot
  • pajamas, personal care items
  • change of clothes (showers not available)

*Note: The Brown Education Center has the potential to be cooler in the evening hours, so many guests bring an additional blanket or sweater when sleeping indoors. Please plan accordingly for your group and to meet individual needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do we go when we arrive?
Hermann Park Drive is closed, how do I get to the Zoo?
What if it rains?
How do I book a Private Group Overnight?

By Participating in a Houston Zoo Overnight, you help save animals in the wild!

Need more information? Don’t see a program that fits your needs? Contact us at and we can answer your questions.