Utica Zoo Calendar: Events, Programs, & Activities

Summer Late Friday Nights @ Utica Zoo
Aug 23 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Summer Late Friday Nights @ Utica Zoo

The Utica Zoo summer late nights return with a brand new twist.

Starting Friday, July 12 through Friday, August 23rd, visit the Utica Zoo for special extended hours until 7 pm on Fridays. Plus, enjoy a glass of wine or ice cold beer in our newly formed Beer Garden! Perfect for wrapping up a long week with co-workers or kicking off a fun-filled weekend with the family.

Enjoy food from Polly’s, live music on select dates, yard games, animal walkabouts and presentations from Utica Zoo Staff and Docents and of course regular access to the Zoo for an extra 2 hours!

Note: Beer and Wine are only available on Friday evenings from 4pm-7pm and must be consumed in designated area. 21+ and ID required.

Regular admission rates apply:
$8 Adults
$4.75 Kids 3-12
$6.75 Seniors 62+, Veterans, and College Students with ID

Member benefits apply.

Free Admission Nights @ Utica Zoo
Aug 26 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Free Admission Nights @ Utica Zoo

Every year, the Utica Zoo opens our gates to the community for our much loved Summer Free Nights. This year, our Summer Free Nights will be Monday, July 29 and Monday, August 26.

Bring the family to enjoy all the Utica Zoo has to offer from 4pm-7pm and enjoy FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL! Parking shuttles will be available at the Parkway Rec Center and MVCC Payne Hall lot. There will also be food trucks and food from Polly’s by O’Connors. Make sure to visit our community organization tables to learn more about local organizations who work in our community to provide valuable services.

More information to be added soon!

A few reminders:
-All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

-Bicycles, scooters, hover boards, one-wheels, skateboards, inline skates, or any other wheeled devices are not allowed on Zoo grounds. The only exception being strollers or baby carriages.

-Pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds. Please do not leave pets in vehicles. Any one found to have left an animal in a vehicle will be asked to leave the Zoo grounds.

-We expect many community members to arrive on grounds on foot. Please be aware of all pedestrians and drive safely and slowly up the driveway and in the parking lot. Keep in mind, parking shuttles will be available.

Conservation Conversation with Wilton Nsimango @ Utica Zoo
Aug 31 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Conservation Conversation with Wilton Nsimango @ Utica Zoo

As a conservation centered animal care facility, we know the importance of wildlife conservation first hand. It is our jobs to not only care for our animals, but also to educate our visitors about animals and the conservation initiatives taking place throughout the world to help protect wild animals.

For this purpose, we have invited Wilton Nsimango from Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe to visit the Utica Zoo for a day full of fascinating talks and enrichment activities with several of our African animals on Saturday, August 31st.

Wilton’s work highlights the human side of wildlife conservation and the importance of making sure that wildlife has value in the eyes of local stakeholders. This combination of species research, rescue and rehabilitation, education and community engagement is what makes Painted Dog Conservation a model of comprehensive wildlife conservation.

We hope you will join us for this unique opportunity to hear from Wilton and learn more about the extensive work being done in the field to save African animals.

More details and schedule of activities to follow.