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All About That Bubbly

There’s no party like a bubbly party! Head to the Zoo on August 15, for After Dark, presented by TXU Energy, and enjoy a special end of summer price!

Thursday, August 15, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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Event Highlights

Online ticket sales have closed.
Tickets may still be purchased at the gate for $40.

There’s no party like a bubbly party! Enjoy your favorite champagne or prosecco while relaxing in an outdoor lounge at the Houston Zoo’s beautiful Reflection Pool. Activities include exclusive access to up-close animal experiences and photo ops on a throne carved live from ice. Guests can purchase specialty food items, including chicken and waffles, loaded pastrami fries, and champagne cupcakes.

You and your friends can also enjoy giant lawn games including Jenga, Connect Four, Ring Toss, and Cornhole.

Includes a free drink!
For a limited time get this special end of summer deal! 

Event Schedule: 
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Guests may explore the zoo, ride the carousel and view TXU Energy Presents Dinosaurs at the Houston Zoo!
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Party at the Reflection Pool

Specialty Drink: French 75
The French 75 lets you stay classy and not have to kick out the most important part… THE BUBBLY!

Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Tickets will be sold at the event for an increased cost. 

After Dark presented by TXU Energy

Enjoy the Zoo with food, adult beverages, and no kids! Don’t miss the newest way to experience the Houston Zoo. The Zoo is staying open late just for the 21-and-up crowd.

After Dark FAQ

What keeper chats will be available?

  • 6:30 p.m. – Elephant
  • 7:00 p.m. – Cougar
  • 8:30 p.m. – Reptile & Amphibian House

Can I purchase additional drinks at each event?

Yes, cash bars will be available during each event.

What is the attire?

We encourage guests to have fun with the event theme! You can wear whatever you will be comfortable in. Please remember that you will be outside and walking, so dress appropriately.

What is the cancellation policy?

This event is rain or shine. A few animal buildings will be open, but most of the event is outdoors.

Is the entire Zoo open during the entire event time?

The Zoo is open for guests to explore from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Starting at 8:00 p.m., most of our animals will be tucked in for the evening, and the event will take place in a limited area of the Zoo.

Where should I park?

Our main parking lot is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive, and parking will be available throughout the Hermann Park parking areas.

We encourage you to arrive early, carpool or use your favorite “rideshare” app, or take the METRORail, if possible.

What if I have to cancel prior to the event?

Unfortunately, all payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

What is the rain plan?

This even is rain or shine. There will be a few animal building open, but most of the event is outdoors.

Will all Zoo entrances be open?

Please enter through the Zoo’s main entrance. The Medical Center Entrance will not be open.

Do I need to print my ticket(s)?

Present the digital ticket on your mobile device to scan for entry. By going paperless, you are helping save local animals, like black bears, in the wild!

Who should I call if I have any other questions?

Please contact our call center at 713-533-6500 with event questions, questions about purchasing tickets or our online ordering system.