Have you ever wondered what it’s like to spend the night at the Zoo? Come “Snooze in the Zoo” and experience the exciting sights and sounds of the Zoo after dark!

For ages 4 and up, Snooze in the Zoo is ideal for all organized groups such as schools, churches, scouts, clubs, or youth groups. Participants will spend the evening within the Zoo and will sleep in indoor, climate-controlled rooms away from animal habitats.

Program features:
- Guided Zoo Tour
- Behind-the-Scenes Tour
- Interactive educational activities
- Special animal encounters
- Wrap up with popcorn and a movie
- Next day free admission to the Zoo



  • Group Overnights

    Groups of 20 to 80 people attending can request any available date.

    Click HERE to check out our program themes!

  • Scout Overnights

    Scheduled overnights where participants can register as individual Scouts or as a small troop. Specially tailored by level so that Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Scouts BSA can earn petals, pins, belt loops, adventures, and badges that are relevant to them.

    (Badges are not provided by the Chattanooga Zoo, zoo patch available for purchase)

    Click HERE to learn more and view available dates.

  • Can't attend one of our scheduled Scout Overnights? Scout groups of 20 or more can plan their own Group Snooze in the  Zoo program!
  • 1 chaperone per 10 children is required.
  • Booking an overnight at the zoo requires a $250 initial deposit toward your final balance.
  • A maximum of 80 and a minimum of 20 participants is required for a zoo overnight.
  • If your group is less than 20 people the difference must be paid.
  • All participants must be 4 years of age or older.
  • CANCELLATION & RESCHEDULES: Cancellations received less than 2 weeks prior to the program date will not be refunded. Reschedules must be made at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled program date to avoid loss of deposit. Reschedules will not be permitted within 2 weeks of the scheduled program date.
  • For more information, contact us at education@chattzoo.org
Additional Information

You are allowed 1 free chaperone per every 10 children (under the age of 18).

Deposits must be mailed or paid within two weeks of registration being submitted to hold your reservation. The remaining balance must be paid the night of your scheduled overnight. 

Overnights begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 a.m. the next morning. We will open the gate for you to come in and start setting up at 6:00 p.m.

The final headcount is due 1 week before your scheduled visit. You will be invoiced for this number of participants.

Download our Survival Guide for everything you need to know about your upcoming Snooze in the Zoo!