Bedtime with the Beasts

With Zoo Knoxville’s Bedtime with the Beast program, your group doesn’t only see the zoo, you get to spend the night up close and personal with our residents.

Go on a starlight zoo safari. Fall asleep in Tiger Forest to the roar of a tiger. Wake up in the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Center in a room full of reptiles. Camp out in the Gibbon Treehouse and wake up to the call of the wild.

If you thought the zoo was fun during the day, just imagine the adventure when the sun goes down!



Bedtime with the Beasts has two different themes available to cater to your group:

  • Creatures of the Night: (Appropriate for ages 6 and up): Not all animals are awake and active during the day. Many only start moving after the sun goes down! Learn about all of the wild nocturnal and crepuscular animals that live at Zoo Knoxville.
  • (temporarily unavailable due to COVID) Keeper for a Night: (Appropriate for 4th grade and up): Think you have what it takes to work in a zoo? Find out as we explore Zoo Knoxville through the eyes of a zookeeper, learning what it takes to keep our animals happy and healthy.



All programs include a private after hours tour of Zoo Knoxville, hands-on educational activities, an encounter with one of our animal ambassadors, continental breakfast, and an adventurous night sleeping at Zoo Knoxville!

  • Offered by reservation only, minimum three weeks in advance.
  • For ages 6 and up.
  • Year round from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • $45 per person (includes zoo admission the next morning)
  • Group dinner options are available for $9 per person.
  • Minimum group size 15 people.
  • Participants will need to bring their own sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and overnight gear.

Request Form

For more information contact us at [email protected].


BOO at the ZOO Bedtime with the Beasts!

Bring your group to Boo at the Zoo and spend the night, too! Start your evening by trick or treating through the zoo with your group, and then change from pirates and princesses into your pajamas!

After all the other ghosts and goblins head home, get a private tour of the zoo creatures that go bump in the night.

  • Offered by reservation only, minimum three weeks in advance.
  • For ages 6 and up.
  • Available only during Boo at the Zoo nights.
  • $55 per person (includes Boo at the Zoo admission and zoo admission the next morning)
  • Dinner option not available.

2022 dates and request form will be available starting July 1st.

For more information contact us at [email protected].