JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is hosting an all-new event, IllumiZoo Summer Spectacle, starting Friday and running every Friday through August 27.

This nighttime event starts after the Zoo closes at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Beat the heat, enjoy the gardens, and see animals until 30 minutes before sunset. As the light fades, a fantasy landscape of nature will emerge.

Explore the Zoo and stroll through illuminated scenes like an enchanted fairy garden, an underwater world, and a starry night. See an amazing spatial of color, animation, and gardens with vibrant hues and rhythms. Stilt walkers and fire spinners will mesmerize, as will musicsynchronized animal displays and animated motifs of moving light.

IllumiZoo Summer Spectacle also includes live music, themed culinary creations, refreshing adult beverages, and limited-edition gifts available for purchase. 

Tickets are $20 for Zoo Members and $25 for non-Members. Children ages 2 and under are free. All tickets include access to the Wildlife Carousel for guest 12 and under. Tickets must be purchased online, in advance at JacksonvilleZoo.org/IllumiZoo.

IllumiZoo Summer Spectacle is presented by Community First Credit Union.

About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
For over 100 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has aimed to inspire the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection of one red deer fawn, the Zoo now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 species of plants, boasting the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit organization and a portion of every ticket sold goes to the over 45 conservation initiatives Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens supports around the world, and here in NE Florida. JZG is proud to be an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information, visit jacksonvillezoo.org.