Overnight Experiences

Spend a Night at the Zoo!

The Potter Park Zoo Society offers a choice of two overnight zoo experiences for adults and kids to spend a memorable night at the zoo. Camp out beneath the stars surrounded by animal exhibits or enjoy the indoor comforts of our Discovery Center.

We are no longer accepting reservations for 2018.  Reservations for 2019 will open in January 2019.

Sundown Safaris

Fee: $30 per person

(minimum of 18 people)

Start Time: 6:30 pm

Sundown Safaris can be scheduled mid-April through mid-October



Sundown Safaris are great activities for scouts, 4-H, schools, and youth groups.  Scout badge activites can be added for an additional fee.

Sundown Safaris include:

  • A guided tour of the zoo by our fun and knowledgable docents
  • An evening snack by the campfire
  • Continental breakfast in the morning
  • A special education program after breakfast
  • On-site counselors
  • Zoo admission and parking included

Super Sleepovers

Fee: $30 per person (minimum of 18)
Start Time: 6:30 pm
Super Sleepovers can be scheduled year round

Super Sleepovers are similar to Sundown Safaris, except that you will spend the night inside the Discovery Center. Scout badge activities can be added for an additional materials fee.

Super Sleepovers include:

  • An indoor education program featuring some of our live animals
  • For your evening snack, you will enjoy our special “Rainforest Sundae Bar” where you can assemble delicious sundaes using natural ingredients from the rainforests of South and Central America
  • Continental Breakfast
  • A special education program after breakfast
  • Convenient restroom facilities
  • On-site counselors
  • Zoo admission and parking included

What Do I Need to Bring?

Each camper will need to bring their own sleeping gear, including tent if sleeping outdoors, sleeping bag, pillows, toiletries, bug spray, flashlight, rain gear, etc. (no trailer campers or motor homes are allowed) Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and it is not recommended that children under four years of age attend the overnight.  In case of severe weather, campers will be moved indoors.

To make a reservation, email or call us at (517) 342-2713.