If you are anything like me, visiting the zoo in the heat of summer isn’t high on your to-do list. But I’m here to tell you that after doing a little research, I’ve come around on my stance and I think you will to. The Palm Beach Zoo actually has a ton of great summer programing and special events that make it a wonderful place to spend some time with your little ones this summer.

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Summer Activities at the Palm Beach Zoo

1. Safari Savings Pass

Visit the Zoo just once this summer and the rest of your visits (from May 1 – September 30) are FREE. Now that’s an activity we can get behind. Free makes it so much easier to enjoy numerous visits to the Nature Play Pavilion, the Kid Zone, and of course the Fountain!

2. Safari Nights

Kids love dress up and they like dressing up and going out in public even more. Indulge them this summer at Safari Nights. The first Friday of each month (June, July, August) from 4:30-9PM the whole Zoo is open to explore and visitors are encouraged to attend dressed to match the theme. Activities will include up-close animal experiences, face painting and a kids’ DJ, plus giveaways, crafts, and more!


  • June 7 – Superheroes
  • July 5 – Princess & Pirates
  • August 2 – Luau

3. Summer Zoo Camp

This summer your aspiring zookeeper (ages 5-14) can experience all the zoo has to offer and get up close and personal with their favorite animals.  One week camps run all summer from from 8:30am-4pm. Participants will experience zoo keeping activities, behind-the-scenes tours, scavenger hunts, enriching conservation education activities, & interactive fountain time.

4. Animal Encounters

How amazing would it be for your child to return to school this fall with a bucket list that included a check mark next to “Get a Selfie with a Sloth”!  You can make that happen with the a behind the scenes animal experience now available at the zoo. Sloths aren’t your thing? There are also Koalas, Flamingos, Giant Anteaters, and many other options for this unique animal encounter. Book your reservation here. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult and non-members will have to purchase a regular admission ticket the day of their experience.

5. Interactive Fountain

Be sure to bring a swimsuit because your kids will definitely want to splash around once they’ve seen this splashpad. A changing tent is available nearby and this plenty of seating around the fountain if mom and dad would rather watch from a distance. The fountain is turned off at 4:30 each day or during inclement weather.

Palm Beach Zoo Interactive Fountain

6. Rainy Day Discount

Summer in South Florida means two things. #1 – It’s definitely going to be hot. #2 – It’s definitely going to rain. Floridians know that the great thing about the rain “problem” is that it often solves the heat issue. Better still, the rain can also bring discounts. Palm Beach Zoo often offers 50% off regular price tickets for rainy days (they’ll announce this offer on Facebook and Twitter so be sure to follow them there) and they even have a special “Rainy Day To Do List” to help visitors get the most out of their wet visits.


Convinced? Great! We’ll see you there because we are totally doing that sloth selfie and probably hitting up the interactive fountain on the regular!

Hours: 9AM-5PM, daily
Cost: $24.95, $22.95, $18.95 (Adult/Senior/Child)*
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*Children ages 0-2 are free

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