Bringing Back the ’90s: Tips for a Fly Time at Roaring Nights

Roaring Nights 2015 LA Zoo '80s Night

Crowds dance and sing to music of the ’80s, performed by L.A.-based cover band The Pac Men at Roaring Nights 2015.

Our summer music series, Roaring Nights, kicks off tonight with a blast from the 1990’s past. To make the most of your nocturnal adventure at the L.A. Zoo, check out these tips:

1. Allow Time for Traffic

As we all know, L.A. traffic is awesome. NOT! In fact, it’s the worst in the U.S. Be sure to start your journey to the Zoo early so you can…

2. Arrive Early

What better way to transition from “mad” traffic into a wild Friday night than to ease your way by arriving when gates open at 7 p.m. and “chillin'” at one of the most peaceful spots in the city at sunset? Plus, the packed schedule of entertainment and pop-up keeper talks start almost immediately at 7:15 p.m.

3. Wear Comfortable Shoes

With the event encompassing over a mile of pathways that wind through the Zoo, an unwise choice of kicks can limit how much you’re able to see and enjoy. Think of it this way, you won’t just be walking, you’ll also be dancing. So get out your freshest comfortable shoes and dance with wild abandon.

4. Get Inquisitive

Did you know that our docents can provide a wealth of information on the Zoo and its animals? If you find a docent at the event, go ahead and ask them about one of your favorite animals, and you may just get a ticket for a free drink or carousel ride. Oh, snap!

5. Get Social

Before you arrive, start following us on Twitter (@lazoo) and Instagram (@thelosangeleszoo). While you’re here, take pictures and share them using #RoaringNights.

6. Designate a Driver or Take a Cab

Our top priority is always the safety of the animals here, and, during Roaring Nights, that includes you. We urge you to designate a non-drinking driver in your group, or take a cab or ride-sharing service to and from the Zoo. Do it for us. Don’t trip, do it for your mother.