Starting mid- November, The Detroit Zoo comes alive at night with the twinkling of over five million lights. It’s dubbed “Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo” and it runs weekends and select nights from 530 – 9 pm through December 31st. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate PLUS a $6 parking fee (both members and non-members pay the same prices). It is STRONGLY recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance because the event sells out most nights. It is also advised that if you have your tickets you should avoid arriving early… normally we suggest the opposite but in this case there are HUGE crowds of people trying to purchase tickets at the gate and things get very congested and backed up for a good hour. The “loop” around the zoo is said to take about an hour and a half if you include the 4D movie experience. (This year is the Polar Express but we are unsure if it will be the same every year).
This was our first visit to Wild Lights even though we are long time visitors of the zoo itself. Our motto is always to arrive early to beat the crowds but little did we know that was a mistake for this particular event. The line of cars to get into the zoo was so long that it had stopped traffic in the streets outside. Once we got in we barely managed to get a parking spot way at the very top of the parking garage and when we got to the main gate we were greeted by a huge mob. It wasn’t a terrible wait, however, we noticed as we were leaving that there were NO lines at all just a short while later.
Once inside, things were less hectic and the crowds thinned out as we moved along. You are directed down a specific path and not allowed to roam free throughout the park. The light displays were stunning and somewhat themed by the area you were walking through. You can not, however, see the majority of the animals… the trails avoid most of the enclosures or they are blocked from view.
The carousel was open as was the 4D Theater which was playing a condensed version of the Polar Express (not included in the ticket price). We skipped both of these attractions and continued through the trails. There were many concession stands open along the way including the Arctic Café where people could get holiday-themed snacks like hot cocoa and such. There were also warming stations every so often with space heaters or small bonfires to thaw you out on the colder nights. The full loop took us roughly an hour to complete. We did not dally in one place for too long and kept walking for the most part.
Overall we had a great time! Next year we will have learned our lesson and will arrive after the mad rush for the gate opening. The displays were incredible and it was a fun night out with the family. We will definitely be attending this again next year!
Disclosure: We received something of value from the Detroit Zoo and Door to Door Organics. All opinions are our own.
Your love of the Detroit Zoo doesn’t have to end after you leave the park. To get your fill of Vitamin Z while you are at home, click HERE to download the FREE ReZoopie Cookbook. The cookbook is a partnership between the Detroit Zoo and Door to Door Organics and it features recipes that will have you eating like your favorite Detroit Zoo animal. All of the recipes can be made with healthy ingredients from Door to Door Organics and they are sure to encourage your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables! The cookbook also shares fun facts about the different animals that are featured in the book.
At our house we like to eat like a Lemur by cooking up our favorite recipe from the book which is the Lemur’s Bread. The Lemur’s Bread is a healthier version of banana bread. It tastes great and it is fun to make!
Ready to have some ReZoopie fun of your own? After you download the ReZoopie Cookbook, click HERE to head over to Door to Door Organics to sign up for their amazing organic delivery service. New customers can save $10 off of their first order by using promo code DETROITZOO.
Thanks to the Detroit Zoo and Door to Door Organics we have a special giveaway for you! Enter below for your chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo AND a $100 gift card to Door to Door Organics. Good luck and have fun eating like an animal!
Disclosure: We received something of value from the Detroit Zoo and Valvoline. All opinions are our own.
The holiday season is upon us and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate this magical season than by loading the entire family up for a visit to the Detroit Zoo for their Wild Lights event! Wild Lights presented by Bank of America occurs on select nights in November and December and it features 5 million LED lights and over 100 animal sculptures throughout the zoo. In addition to the amazing light displays and sculptures there are other activities including crafts, carolers, ice carvers and even an opportunity to write a letter to Santa! You can also rest your feet by taking in the The Polar Express 4-D Experience at the 4-D Theater.
Here are some more details about the event:
When: November 22-24, 28-30 and December 5-7, 11-14, 18-23 and 26-31.
Time: 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Pricing: $8 per person in advance and $10 at the gate. Parking is an additional fee of $6 per car.
Tickets: To purchase your tickets in advance click here.
Another thing to note: If you purchase your tickets online before November 21st you will be entered into a drawing for a Family Four Pack of Tickets for Dinner with Santa at the Detroit Zoo!
Valvoline Instant Oil Change is a huge supporter of the Detroit Zoo and the Wild Lights event and is encouraging everyone whether you have 500 miles or 5,000 miles on your car to stop in at one of their 14 Metro Detroit area locations to prepare your car for Winter. Detroit Zoo members can show their membership card to save 15% off their entire invoice by using the coupon below!
In addition to the coupon for Detroit Zoo members, Valvoline also has a special giveaway for one FREE Oil Change for one of our readers. To enter the giveaway simply use the Rafflecopter widget below.
Good luck and we hope to see you at the Detroit Zoo Wild Lights Event!
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Disclaimer: We received something of value courtesy of the Detroit Zoo and Outback Steakhouse. However, our love of the Detroit Zoo and Outback Steakhouse are genuine and all opinions are our own.
It is no secret that our entire family loves loves loves the Detroit Zoo. We have a family membership so that we can visit as frequently as we want and Chris has even blogged about our adventurers there on his other blog, before we started this one. You can read about one of our visits there from this past Summer by clicking here and you can even watch a video from our first experience at Memberfest by clicking here.
Because of our love of the Detroit Zoo it is only natural that we share with you a special fundraiser that Outback Steakhouse is hosting for the Detroit Zoo. On November 6th, all Detroit area Outback Steakhouses will be hosting their Detroit Zoological Society Give Back Night Fundraiser.
The concept is pretty simple. Just dine at your favorite Detroit area Outback (any time between opening and 10pm), tell your server that you are there for Zoo Night and Outback will donate 15% of your total check to the Detroit Zoo! Easy, right? And really the whole idea is a win for everyone! You get a night off from cooking and you get to enjoy some tasty Outback food (who doesn’t love their cheese fries?) while knowing that you are also helping out the Detroit Zoo!
And if this news wasn’t big enough for you, we are also giving away a $20 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse thanks to the Detroit Zoo and Outback. To enter just use the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway open to continental US residents only.
Good luck and we hope to see you at Outback for the Detroit Zoological Give Back Night Fundraiser!
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