Imagine waking up to the roar of powerful lions or hearing the early morning call of playful gibbons. Come spend the night at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. It's the best way to see the Zoo's animals after hours and have the park all to yourself.
Your overnight begins with a two-hour, keeper-led tour of an exhibit area. After that, flashlight in hand, take a hike through the Zoo in search of nocturnal animals. Then, fall sound asleep in your tent perched on Lion/Tiger Hill. In the morning, your adventure concludes with a breakfast snack and family-friendly activity.
Snore & Roar overnights take place between June and September. A maximum of six participants may be signed up per registration. Large groups cannot be accommodated. Snore & Roar campers sleep in four-person tents provided by FONZ. Participants are never asked to share their tent with strangers.
Adults and children ages 6 and up. A paying adult must accompany anyone under 18, and there must be one adult chaperone for every three children. Participants in adult-only overnights must be 21 or older.
6 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. the following day. A small snack will be provided, however participants should eat dinner before coming to the Zoo. All Zoo restaurants close at 5 p.m.
Cancellation requests received at least four weeks prior to the scheduled Snore & Roar will receive a 75-percent refund. Requests must be made via email. No refunds or changes will be made thereafter. Snore & Roars are a rain or shine event.
Adult-only programs include wine and cheese; a two-hour, keeper-led tour; flashlight tour of the Zoo; a breakfast snack; and engaging activity.