By purchasing a ticket to the Houston Zoo, you agree to properly wear a facial covering during your visit. In accordance with Harris County orders, and for the safety of our staff, guests, and animals, visitors 10 years and older are required to wear facial coverings that fully cover the nose and mouth.
You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing. If a person with a disability is not able to wear a face mask the Houston Zoo will consider reasonable modifications to the face mask policy.
Please note that Taillights will be closed to the public on the following dates: Taillights will also be open to the public on Thanksgiving Day.
Multiple food locations will be available, including Cypress Circle Café during Taillights hours. Our main entrance is at 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030.
Ticketed attractions for Taillights will take place throughout main zoo grounds. But remember: most habitats at the zoo include behind-the-scenes areas, and the animals can choose where to spend their time.
Every member of your party must be accounted for, including infants and children. Only the guests included in the ticket order will be allowed to enter the zoo.
Collapse Can Holiday Experience tickets be purchased on site? We strongly encourage all guests to purchase their Holiday Experience tickets in advance.
Collapse Can tickets be traded, transferred, or refunded and what happens if it rains on the day of my reservation? The zoo and all holiday experiences will remain open rain or shine.
The name on the reservation must match the guest to ensure accuracy in case of the need for contact tracing. You may enter anytime during the half-hour window on your ticket (for example, if you booked at 4 p.m., you may arrive between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.).
Lincoln Park Zoo is also accessible by public transportation. Due to traffic, public transportation is highly recommended.
While we will have several ATMs on site, we encourage you to minimize hand-to-hand transactions by using credit cards. Guests and members should avoid arriving earlier than 5 minutes prior to their entry time.
Begin your expedition by strolling through the Living Northwest exhibit with lanterns of animals many of us are familiar with, including grizzly bears, eagles and mountain goats. Next, march through the magical Jungle Lights exhibit, where you’ll find lanterns of some of the most elusive creatures, such as snow leopards, tigers and gorillas.
Festive snacks will be available for purchase at the pizza trailer on the North Meadow, and at Gather and Graze where covered seating will be provided. The inside of the 1899 Grove (formerly the Rain Forest Food Pavilion) and the Brian Oak barn, by the North Meadow, will be closed during Wildcatters.
The zoo offers discounted Taillights admission on select dates for Oregon and Washington individuals and families who qualify for a variety of income assistance programs. Calgary's award-winning, magical holiday tradition will be glowing for six weeks of festive family-friendly fun.
You will be asked to follow all Alberta Health Services Guidelines and to be in accordance with the City of Calgary Bylaw 26M2020 during your visit. These include: Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath, Runny nose, Sore throat and/or other symptoms listed on Alberta Health Services website.
You have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with or has symptoms of COVID-19 You or someone in your household has traveled internationally in the past 14 days. Wild lights is back at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium this year as a fantastic holiday tradition, and you won’t want to miss this event powered by AEP Ohio.
Holiday Rhythms Around the Waterhole : Check out the alternating animated light shows around Conservation Lake every 30 minutes. S’mores Experience : New for 2020, this socially-distanced activity allows guests to gather around a glowing fire to roast their own giant marshmallow.
After roasting, seating is available for guests to assemble their own warm and gooey s’more while taking in our animated light display from the shores of Conservation Lake. Guests can add an S’mores Experience ticket for $3.99 each to any timed entry reservation for Wild lights.
Santa Experience at Polar Frontier : Located in the North America Region at the Battle Ice Bear Outpost. The custom-made photo set is inspired by the “Up on the Housetop” song written by Benjamin Handy in 1864, and will show guests looking out a window while Santa is in his sleigh and a few of his reindeer adorn the “housetop.” Professional photos are available for an additional fee.
Guests are also permitted to take their own photos but only at a designated location after the professional photograph is taken. For those medically able, guests are required to wear masks at all times while indoors, except when the photo is being taken.
Reservations strongly recommended and expire 15 minutes after your scheduled time; walk ups subject to availability. Animated Musical Light Shows around Conservation Lake featuring holiday rhythms.
4D Theater Experiences : (additional fees apply) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer NOTE: Starting Monday, November 16, to enter the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Wilds and Safari Golf Club, if you are medically able and 10 years old and older, you are required to have a mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin.
In addition, please adhere to social distancing and stay 6 feet from other people who are not from your household. Franklin County residents receive a $5 discount with valid driver’s license, state-issued ID or a current utility bill.
Your sea lion encounter includes one 5” x 7” souvenir photo to take home as a memory of this special 20 minute experience. You’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of Wild lights as your ride on a golf cart through the Zoo.
You’ll make some stops to visit animals at preselected areas of the Zoo during the 1 hour, 45 minute excursion. These tours are a splurge, but make a great date night, special occasion, or memorable family holiday events.
However, you do NOT need to purchase a timed ticket online or make a member reservation prior to your visit. Bring your confirmation to our Ticket Sales window upon arrival to purchase admission or present your membership card.
Sunday-Thursday : 5:00PM-9:00PM Friday-Saturday : 5:00PM-10:00PM Zoo opens daily at 10 am, and you can stay for Wild lights for as long as you like after visiting the animals. Thursday, November 19 is Wild lights Member Preview Night from 5 to 9 p.m. Don’t miss the Tree Lighting Ceremony of the animated 42-inch tall Sparkling Spruce.
Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies at Water’s Edge Park (while supplies last), meet Character and Animal Ambassadors, plus many more activities. Reservations aren’t required for free admission, but a limited number of tickets are available upon arrival at the Zoo.
Pick up your tickets early starting December 1 to guarantee free admission. All current and retired education personnel and their immediate family members (up to 5 guests) will get free admission to the Zoo and Wild lights for the day.
Qualified personnel include: certified public/private preK-12 grade school teachers, teachers at licensed/registered childcare and preschool facilities, college/university faculty, and home school educators with ID and proof of intent to homeschool. In order to receive free admission, you must provide proof of being a certified educator.
Qualified personnel includes surgeons, physicians, therapists, nurses, CNA’s, pharmacists, optometrists, paramedics, EMT’s, dietitians, pathologists, family practitioners, phlebotomists, vet techs, chiropractors, psychiatrists, nurse’s aides, medical assistants, and more. Pick up your tickets early starting December 1 to guarantee free admission.