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What's New at US Zoos

Destination & Tourism | Tom Bastek | August 10, 2015

What's New at US Zoos

Top Photo courtesy of Thinkstock. All others are courtesy of each zoo.

The zoo is a fun place to go no matter what time of year, but it is even more fun to see when combined with a special event or new attraction. In most places, loud music, alcohol consumption and wild animals would be a recipe for disaster. But at the zoo, it is a recipe for fun. Here are some of the events that are going on at zoos across the country.

Brew at the Zoo – Roger Williams Park Zoo – Providence, Rhode Island

On August 29, the Roger Williams Park Zoo is inviting adults 21 and older to “tap in to their wild side” at “Brew at the Zoo.” The beer tasting event goes from 5-9 p.m. and features over 100 craft breweries including Trinity Brewhouse, Bucket Brewery, Revival, Long Trail, and many more. Patrons also get the opportunity to interact with some of the zoo’s education animals, enjoy live entertainment from an Irish and German band plus everyone takes home a souvenir pint glass.

Zoo Groves – Virginia Zoo – Norfolk, Virginia

On August 22, the Zoo Grooves summer series at the Virginia Zoo continues with a concert from Nature’s Child. The concert series is fun for the whole family and everyone is encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. The concert goes from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and is free to all zoo members. Non-members pay normal admission to the zoo and concessions will be open for refreshments.

Safari Splash – Fort Worth Zoo – Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Zoo's brand new zero-depth play area known as “Safari Splash” will be operating through the end of the month. The area is equipped with four slides, a water dump tower, a fill wall for water toys, animal-shaped water cannons and a designated toddler play area. There are concession stands, cabanas for rent, as well as a gift shop with pool essentials and souvenirs. Tickets are only $5 with a paid regular admission. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends. 

Jazzoo – Zoo Atlanta – Atlanta, Georgia

On September 12, Zoo Atlanta is bringing back Jazzoo for the eighth year in a row. This event is where 30 of the city’s best restaurants serve up their culinary delights alongside an open bar and four stages of live music and entertainment until 11 p.m. that night. All proceeds go to help support Zoo Atlanta’s animal enrichment and conservation programs. Tickets for all the food, beverage and entertainment are $100.

Nighttime Zoo – San Diego ZooSan Diego, California

The San Diego Zoo invites guests to “Shake, Rattle and Roar” with live entertainment and music themed activities through September 7. Witness an astonishing acrobatic trampoline show, explore Dr. Zoolittle’s Music Factory, enjoy a limited time happy hour menu at Albert’s and check out the new 4-D movie “Ice Age: No Time for Nuts.” Nighttime bus tours run through 7 p.m. and guest artisans will be onsite to explain the background of their folk-crafts.

There are so many more special events throughout the year at these zoos. What does your zoo have going on? Let everyone know in the comments below.

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