When you think of the zoo, you might be thinking of all the fun times you’ve had amongst the animals as a kid, or even more recently all of the memories you’ve made with your young ones inside the gates. However, have you ever wondered what it would be like to make memories at the zoo as an adult, with adults? If so, Late Nights at the Zoo at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are the best way to do just that with other people your age. Just as the website says, “it’s a different crowd when the sun goes down.”
If you’re just now finding out about the event that has had people talking all summer, no need to worry, you still have a few more chances to get in on the fun! As August begins and your kids go back to school, it’s the perfect time for parents’ night out. You’ve earned it after a summer of carpooling and chaperoning. On three Thursday nights, August 8 and 22 and then again on September 19, come out to the Zoo and see what all the fuss is about. All of the events are relaxed, feature drinks and food trucks, and last from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
What To Know
Several exhibits are open during the Thursday night events, so you can look at the animals as you sip your drinks and hang out with your friends. The following are all open during Late Nights at the Zoo: The Lied Jungle, Scott Aquarium, Kingdoms of the Night, and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Pavilion. African Grasslands, Owen Sea Lion Pavilion, and Asian Highlands will be available as well, depending on the weather that night.
Admission for Zoo members is $10 online and $15 at the door. For non-members, prices increase to $20 online and $25 at the door. To buy drinks, you will need to stock up on drink tickets. They’re $3 each, and two tickets can get you an alcoholic drink such as Blue Moon, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Glacial Till Original Cider, White Claw Hard Seltzer, and Infinite Monkey Theorem White Wine. There’s also Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Bottled Water available for one ticket.
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The Zoo will continue to update the website as the month of August rolls around, but here’s who made an appearance in July:
- 402 BBQ
- Anthony Piccolo’s Mobile Venue
- Beyond BBQ
- Big Green Q
- Hawk’s Pizzas
- Prairie Fire Pizza
- Streetside Foods
- Sweet Lime Thai Food
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