Wild Nights At The Saint Louis Zoo

These overnight programs are for families with children ages 5 and up. Youth and adults attend these programs TOGETHER. The fees for these programs are per registered participant. All participating family members must be registered.

Summer overnights offer a unique opportunity for participants to sleep under the stars or sea (lions), without tents. Weather permitting we will sleep in our overnight space in the heart of the Zoo (Under the Sea-lion overnights sleep inside the Sea Lion Sound tunnel). All overnights include an evening snack, guided night hike around Zoo grounds, continental breakfast and a souvenir cup.

Social Nights

For families with participants ages 5 and up; one adult and one child minimum

Spend a night at the Zoo while learning what goes on at the Zoo at night. We will explore the adaptations of nocturnal animals and their complex social behaviors. By the time you snuggle into your sleeping bag, you will not only be able to identify what animal calls you hear, but also what they are “saying”! This program includes crafts, games, guided hikes and a campfire before bed.

Limited to 60 participants per session.

Instructors: Zoo Staff

Fee: Zoo Members $40 / General Public $45

CodeDateDay/Time
N613SN June 13 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa SOLD OUT
N627SN June 27 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa SOLD OUT
N718SN July 18 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa CLOSED
N808SN Aug 8 6:30 p.m. F-8:30 a.m. Sa CLOSED

Under the Sea-lion

For families with participants ages 5 and up; one adult and one child minimum

Join us for this amazing opportunity to sleep inside the Sea Lion Sound tunnel! We will explore some of our marine life at the Zoo by visiting Caribbean Cove and the Herpetarium. We will end the night by laying out sleeping bags inside the tunnel. You will awake under the sea and, hopefully, under a sea lion!

Limited to 16 participants per session.

Instructors: Zoo Staff

Fee: Zoo Members $60 / General Public $65

Register here. Click on "Family" under either Zoo Members or General Public, depending on which category applies to you, then fill out the form.

CodeDateDay/Time
N628US June 28 6:30 p.m. Sa - 8:30 a.m. Su SOLD OUT
N712US July 12 6:30 p.m. Sa - 8:30 a.m. Su SOLD OUT
N719US July 19 6:30 p.m. Sa - 8:30 a.m. Su SOLD OUT
N726US July 26 6:30 p.m. Sa - 8:30 a.m. Su SOLD OUT
N802US Aug 2 6:30 p.m. Sa - 8:30 a.m. Su SOLD OUT
N809US Aug 9 6:30 p.m. Sa - 8:30 a.m. Su SOLD OUT
N816US Aug 16 6:30 p.m. Sa - 8:30 a.m. Su SOLD OUT
N906US Sep 6 6:30 p.m. Sa - 8:30 a.m. Su  
N920US Sep 20 6:30 p.m. Sa - 8:30 a.m. Su  
N926US Sep 26 6:30 p.m. F - 8:30 a.m. Sa SOLD OUT

Private Under the Sea-lion Overnights

For families and organized groups with participants ages 5 and up

Join us for this amazing opportunity to sleep inside the Sea Lion Sound tunnel! We will explore some of our marine and freshwater life at the Zoo by visiting Chain of Lakes and the Herpetarium. We will end the night by laying out sleeping bags inside the tunnel. You will awake under the sea and, hopefully, under a sea lion!

Fee: $1,200

Limited to 16 to 18 people in the sea lion tunnel. Maximum of 24 people (some will sleep in the cave area or by the sea lion windows).

Instructors: Zoo Staff

Please contact Bridget Ebert, Overnight Programs Coordinator or other overnight staff at (314) 646-4614 or ebert@stlzoo.org for more information.