You probably already know what a great place the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is to visit. However, what you may not knowis that the Zoo has extended hours Memorial Day to Labor Day-- and there are certain perks to visiting during the evening.

Starting in May, the doors are open well into the evening with the last admission at 7:00 p.m., closing at 8:00 p.m. Discover why the extended evening hours are so fun at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

Girl with sea lion at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Extended Hours at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Less Crowded

If big crowds aren’t your thing, then evening hours are the perfect time to visit the Zoo.

Most young kiddos are getting ready for bed, and the Zoo is noticeably less crowded. You can enjoy the exhibits at your leisure. The lines for the various rides are small or non-existent. You will feel as though you (almost) have the entire Zoo to yourself.

The Weather is Better

If you’ve visited the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo before, you already know that the hot summer temperatures never stop people from visiting. The parking lot is always packed, even on the hottest days (which goes to show how much people love the Zoo)!

However, if you go during evening hours, you will find your visit even more enjoyable. The temperature has significantly cooled and you can really enjoy being outdoors. There’s plenty of shade and seating around, and the evening hours are the best time to enjoy it. The best part is that many animals also venture out from their napping spots during this time for the very same reason.

It’s a Great Place for Date Night

Despite the name, the Fort Wayne’s Children’s Zoo is not just for children. Plenty of couples happily visit alone.

With the extended evening hours, the zoo is a great place to plan a date night. You can stroll through the Indonesian Rainforest or Indiana Family Farm, where you can brush the goats and have a laugh. From there, you can take a canoe ride with your significant other in the Australian Adventure or enjoy the Sky Safari ride in the African Journey. Finish the night by grabbing a bite to eat at Ray’s Barefoot Grill or an ice-cream from Matilda’s Sweet Treats.

A goat being brushed in the Indiana Farm Exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana

Special Evening Events at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

This summer, the Zoo will also host a number of unique events in the evenings, both for families and adults. Summer 2019 events include:

Story Time at the Zoo

June-August 2019

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m., children ages five and under, can listen to animal-themed stories at the zoo. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Animal Encounters  

June-August 2019

Every Thursday at 6:00 p.m., Zoo instructors introduce an ambassador animal to children ages 10 and under. The event is held in the Australian Adventure Plaza.

Family Wild Nights

Families can enjoy sleepovers at the zoo! Starting at 6:00 p.m., you can enjoy educational activities, food, and other adventures before turning in for the night. Rates are $35 per child and $23 per adult. The sleepovers are themed. You can choose from Sleep with the Sharks (July 27, September 13, and October 4); Sleep Under the Stars (June 15, July 13, and August 30); and Fun with the Fishes Preschool Night (June 7 and August 24). You can contact the Zoo for more details.

Zoofari: Bites, Brews, and Beasts

August 2, 2019, 6-9 p.m.

Adults 21 and older can sample food, beer and wine from local restaurants and breweries. Have fun, listen to music, and enjoy the zoo!

Corks for Conservation 2019

September 6 from 6-9 p.m.

This event will highlight wildlife conservation and the work that is being done globally. For more information on this or any other event, please contact the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo directly.

Alive After 5 Buck Deals

Every month enjoy weekly deals and special events after 5 PM. Festivities include orangutan chats, capuchin chats, and savings on food and rides!

A little girl purchasing souvenirs at a Gift Kiosk in the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana

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Address: 3411 Sherman Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Phone: (260) 427-6800
Website: Visit Website 
Hours: April - October, 9am-5pm; open until 7 pm Memorial Day-Labor Day