Summer at the Zoo!

July 1, 2009 2:43:49 PM PDT
There are two great new ways to discover the Philadelphia Zoo this summer! The Zoo is extending its hours until 8:00 p.m. for a Sunset Safari on July 16. The evening will feature food specials and music, along with animal feedings as guests get a rare opportunity to say "goodnight" to their favorite animals.

The Philadelphia Zoo has partnered with Rolling Barrel Events to craft The Summer Ale Festival, a unique summer event featuring delicious, sustainable food and regional craft beers to be held on July 25 at 6:30 p.m. More details of each event are below:

Sunset Safari

July 16 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. extended evening hours! Free with Zoo admission Don't wait - the Zoo will be open late! Bid goodnight to the tigers and send a snake off to slumber. See the Zoo in a whole new light and visit our animals as they get ready for bed! Enjoy live family-friendly music and catch special evening feeding demonstrations.

Summer Ale Festival

July 25 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Tickets start at $20.00 per person age 21 or older

Celebrate the summer season with this exciting outdoor beer and food tasting extravaganza featuring delicious local summer ales and restaurants throughout the Zoo's lush gardens. Sample, compare and discuss beers directly with the brewers. The event will also feature an impressive lineup of educational seminars prepared by Rolling Barrel providing additional opportunities to interact with some of Philadelphia's best craft brewers. The Summer Ale Festival is a rain or shine event. Admission is limited for this popular event and advance ticket purchase is required. For more information and to order tickets, logon to Ticket levels follow:

$75 VIP Tickets: (limited tickets available) includes private educational seminar with exclusive brewer, a souvenir pilsner tasting glass and goodie bag

$50 General Admission Tickets: includes a souvenir pilsner tasting mug

$20 Designated Driver Ticket: includes (2) tickets for non-alcoholic beverages (lemonade or ice tea) and access to restaurant sampling stations

About the Philadelphia Zoo:

Philadelphia Zoo, America's first zoo, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, the Zoo is currently home to over 1,300 animals from around the world, many rare and endangered. Welcoming more than one million visitors each year from throughout the region and beyond, the Zoo serves children and families as a unique and engaging public resource for wildlife conservation and education. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information or to purchase and print tickets online, visit