Fri., Jun. 21, 2024

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Join us for our Summer Solstice Stroll celebrating the longest day of the year and World Giraffe Day! Begin your adventure with an exclusive giraffe experience and an engaging keeper chat. Learn about the special adaptations of the tallest animal on the planet including why it has a purple tongue. After which we invite you to enjoy a refreshing treat of purple popsicles! Round out the evening with a guided tour by the Zoo’s naturalist and educator, including activities that explore what animals do on a long summer’s night.

*Please note: Not all animal areas are visited due to the late hour or special circumstances.


  • Zoo member: $40
  • Non-members: $50
  • Scouts: $45

All ages are welcome to attend the program, but please be aware that all interactive games and activities are created for ages 6 and up. The listed cost remains the same for all in attendance at this program. Participants 16 years old and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is a maximum number of 35 participants for the Solstice Stroll.

Zoo members, to receive your ticket discount you must log in or create an account on the Zoo’s online store. Once you do, you’ll automatically receive your discounts at checkout.

Did you know that Zoo members save $10 on tickets to this event? Learn more about becoming a member of the Maryland Zoo.

General Scheduling Information:

  • Strolls are not exclusive to your group and we may book multiple groups for one Stroll. All participants must be preregistered prior to the program. Parents/guardians must accompany participants throughout the program experience. Participants must not exceed a 3:1 ratio of children to adults you are supervising.

What to Bring:

  • Refillable water bottles are encouraged and can be refilled throughout the program. You are allowed to bring a snack, due to the time of the program, as food is not provided.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable closed-toe shoes are also recommended.
  • Smoking is not permitted on Zoo grounds and is prohibited throughout the program.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refunds will only be given with notice on or before two weeks before the Summer Solstice Stroll program is scheduled to take place. Cancellation notice given after this date will not receive a refund.

Inclement Weather:

  • The Zoo has the right to cancel the Summer Solstice Stroll in the event of inclement weather. Participants will be notified on the morning of the Summer Solstice Stroll as to whether or not the Stroll will continue. Participants will receive a full refund should the Zoo have to cancel.

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