Adults-Only 'Sunset at the Zoo' Series at the Central Florida Zoo

Sunset at the Zoo, a seasonal adults-only event at the Central Florida Zoo is back this year on select dates from May 20 – October 21, 2021. 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 entertainment and activities will create perfect sunset ambiance.

This special event at the zoo will take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month between May 20 – October 21, 2021. Admission is $7 and parking is free. Beer, wine, and food are available for an additional purchase. Tickets for the May 20 event are available here.

Want to enjoy the zoo after hours with your kids? There's also a Family Sunset at the Zoo event on the fourth Friday of each month, beginning May 28. Admission for this family-friendly version is $5/person.


Dates for the 2021 Sunset at the Zoo event series at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens are as follows:

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

All events begin at 5pm and end at sunset. The zoo will reopen exclusively to adults at 5pm for each event.

$7 per person, FREE parking
Purchase tickets in advance online

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

Note: This is a 21+ event. Masks are required, and the Zoo’s modified operations remain in effect

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Feature image credit: Central Florida Zoo