Sunset Safari

Send your little explorer to experience the zoo after hours! Enjoy a parent’s night out on select Friday nights from 6:30-10 pm, while we strive to create a sense of wonder about the wildlife around us. Sign up your camper (6-13 year old) for an adventure they’ll never stop talking about! Registration includes a snack, activities, and crafts.

The next available Sunset Safari is October 11.


Myths and Legends of the Animal Kingdom


$35 per participant

Sample Evening:

6:00 pm - 6:20 pm Check-in/Rules
6:20 pm - 7:20 pm Games/Activities/Animal Encounter
7:20 pm - 7:30 pm Restroom Break
7:30 pm - 7:45 pm Snack
7:45 pm - 8:45 pm Hike Around the Zoo
8:45 pm Dismissal

Frequently Asked Questions

Sunset Safaris run from 6:30 pm until 10 pm.

Our educators will open the gate to the bus parking lot at 6:20 pm. It will remain open for drop off until 6:45 pm.

Due to the limitations of facilitating programs after regular zoo hours, we will not be able to accommodate late arrivals. Once the gate closes at 6:45, it will remain closed. Please ensure that you arrive on time so that your child may enjoy our evening!

  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Closed-toed Shoes
  • Weather-appropriate Gear
  • Bug Spray
  • Flashlight
  • Electronics
  • Toys
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Weapons
  • Perfume or Make-up
  • Money
  • Pets
  • Parents
  • Bad Attitude

Camp will occur rain or shine! Please send your child in the appropriate clothing. Due to child safety, if your child is not appropriately dressed for the weather, the camp staff has the right to send them home. In case of lightning, all activities will move indoors. If weather is predicted that will be severe enough to warrant canceling, Education staff will contact each person to discuss options.

At the time of your registration, you will be given the number of a cell phone that our teachers will carry for the evening.

Caldwell Zoo does not provide refunds for cancelled registrations. You are welcome to find another child to take your student's spot for the evening. To transfer registration to another child, you must notify zoo staff at least one month prior to the safari. Registration for the new camper must be received two weeks before the safari, or else Caldwell Zoo holds the right to refuse participation.

We welcome children with special needs! We ask that the guardian inform us of the needs of the child so we are able to accommodate. If your child requires the assistance of an aide, the aide is more than welcome to join the child free of charge, but this must be arranged at the time of registration.

We will have up to 15 campers and two teachers per class.

Reservations are only valid for the date booked. Camps are non-refundable; however the program can be rescheduled when possible (as long as the request is made one month in advance of the date of the program). All camps are subject to availability. Be sure to read our Sunset Safari information thoroughly. Caldwell Zoo has the right to cancel these programs at any time without prior notice for full refund. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before the start of program. Due to the nature of our Sunset Safari program, late participants cannot be accommodated and your reservation will be forfeited with no refund. If your camper jeopardizes the welfare of an animal or the safety of anyone in the group they will be removed from the program with no refund. All participants must be 6 and older. Please call 903-593-0121 for more details on limitations. Prices are subject to change without notice.

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