Adults-Only ‘Sunset at the Zoo’ Series at the Central Florida Zoo (VIDEO)

Sunset at the Zoo at Central Florida Zoo

UPDATED February 2019

Sunset at the Zoo, a seasonal adults-only event at the Central Florida Zoo is back this year on select dates from March 21 – October 17, 2019. This 21+ event invites you to step into the zoo after hours for adult beverages, food, live music, and animal sightings.

Taking place after the zoo closes for the day, Sunset at the Zoo is a creative alternative to the usual happy hour for adults. Wander the zoo grounds while sipping on beer and wine, feasting on delectable food for purchase, and spotting your favorite zoo animals. Live music will create perfect sunset ambiance.

This special event at the zoo will take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month between March 21 and October 17, 2019. Admission is $5 and parking is free. Beer, wine, and food are available for an additional purchase. Expect to pay $5-$6 each for beer and wine.

Check out a sneak peek at this event in our video below:


Dates for the 2019 Sunset at the Zoo event series at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens are as follows:

  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • June 20
  • July 18
  • August 15
  • September 19
  • October 17

All events begin at 5:30pm and end at sunset. The zoo will close at 5pm and reopen at 5:30pm for each event.

$5 per person, FREE parking

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3755 N.W. Highway 17-92
Sanford, FL 32771

Note: This is a 21+ event.


Night Hike at the Zoo
March 23, 7:30-10pm
Experience the zoo after dark during a guided flashlight tour, along with up-close animal encounters. Attendees must be 5 years or older.

Wild Art & Wine
Next event: March 26, 6:30-9pm
During this periodic adults-only event, you’ll create your own animal masterpiece will sipping a glass of vino. An instructor will guide the painting session, and there will also be animal encounters. Food, wine and all supplies are provided.

Taste of the Wild Beer Pairing Dinner
April 12, 6:30-9pm
Each year, Central Florida Zoo kicks off their wildly popular Brews Around the Zoo weekend with a special beer dinner. Featured chefs this year are Chefs Hari Pulapaka of Cress Restaurant, Patrick Story of Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, and Dalton Lacey of Busters Bistro. The featured brewery is Wicked Weed Brewing.
$100/person (includes beer dinner and admission to Brews Around the Zoo the following evening).

Brews Around the Zoo
April 13, 6-10pm
Feast on food samples from local restaurants and sip 30+ craft beers during this annual zoo event. There’s also live music and special animal encounters.
$50-$70/person, inclusive of all food and drink samples.

Stay up to date with the latest zoo events and get more information at

Sunset at the Zoo at Central Florida Zoo

Feature image credit: Central Florida Zoo 

Florida food and travel photographer and writer Stephanie Patterson

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