Sunset at the Zoo offers more time for fun, monthly themes

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens aims to create connections that inspire people to take action for wildlife. This summer, the Sanford favorite is doing just that while also forging connections with different cultures in our communities.

The Zoo is bringing back its popular all-ages summer event, Sunset at the Zoo, which allows friends and families to enjoy some extra-hours fun—but with an added twist. Each month’s event will celebrate a culture, complete with activities, food and educational opportunities. 

 Sunset at the Zoo takes place on the fourth Friday of every month from May to September. The Zoo reopens at 5 p.m. and offers up fun until the sun goes down, including music, inflatable games and of course the chance to see some favorite animals after the heat of the day. 

Dates and themes for 2023 are as follows:  

  • May 26—Asian American & Pacific Islander heritage  

  • June 23—LGBTQ+ Pride  

  • July 28—Black heritage 

  • August 25—Native American/American Indian heritage 

  • September 22—Hispanic heritage  

Each event will include special entertainment, food trucks, Zoo Keeper chats and more.  

“The Zoo is a place for the community, and we want it to feel welcoming to all communities and cultures,” said Richard E. Glover, Jr., the Zoo’s CEO. “We’re very excited to roll out this newly imagined version of our favorite summer event and look forward to celebrating with our patrons.”  

Last admission for each event is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 per person when purchased online and $8 per person at the gate. The event is separate from day admission and is not included for Annual Passholders.  

Families can also cash in on the $40 Family 4-Pack, which includes 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas, online only. 

Tickets are available here

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About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is home to over 300 animals in Sanford, Florida. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in conservation, creating connections that inspire people to take action for wildlife. More information is available at


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