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Family Overnight - Oceans After Dark @ Minnesota Zoo

  • Minnesota Zoo 13000 Zoo Boulevard Apple Valley, MN, 55124 United States (map)

As the Zoo closes for the day, Discovery Bay is still alive with activity! This popular overnight program at the Minnesota Zoo will take you and your family “below the surface,” to explore the mysteries of ocean life, from monk seals to sharks to sea turtles. During our packed program, you and your family will get to visit cool places behind-the-scenes, meet a zookeeper or aquarist, and touch sharks and sea stars. Through exciting games and hands-on activities, you’ll learn all about these marine animals and their watery world. Experience the Zoo as you never have before, and fall asleep as sharks go swimming by!

Overnights start at 6:30 p.m. and end 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. We need a minimum number of people for the overnight to take place.

Ages: This event is open to people ages five and older. A minimum of one adult and one child is required.

$49 per person for Zoo members
$59 per person for non-members

Cost includes all activities, behind-the-scenes tours, evening snack* (a slice of pizza and juice), breakfast and a T-shirt.

*If you have any dietary restrictions (example: gluten free pizza, etc.), please email 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 More information can be found on our Accessibility page.

Where do we sleep?: We will sleep in Discovery Bay! Foam sleeping mats are provided for under your sleeping bags. You can choose to bring your own air mattresses or sleeping mats as well, if you prefer.

Register HERE