Jacksonville Zoo lights up summer with IllumiNights


The Jacksonville Zoo is a popular place for the family to visit throughout the year, and their spectacular exhibits are known to bring about amazement.

The latest of these exhibits include IllumiNights Summer Spectacle, which seeks to highlight the zoo’s beauty and shine it in a whole new light.

The spectacle will feature colorful light displays designed to capture the imagination of visitors and bring a new vibe to the animals that are the main attractions while learning about them from experts and experiencing some close-up opportunities for interaction.

IllumiNights Summer Spectacle will be lighting up the night until July 28 and will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

It is the third annual spectacle and one of the unique aspects is that it strives to make no night the same with various musical performances and other interactive acts rotating on the calendar.

Part of the musical selection will even include the opportunity for attendees to perform karaoke, adding to the live entertainment vibe.

The event will take place in the zoo’s botanical gardens with tickets ranging from $20 to $40 for members and $25 to $50 for non-members.

Tickets will include admission to the zoo’s 4D theater and wildlife carousel and food and refreshments available for purchase.

The zoo closes at 5 p.m. and the gates will re-open for the IllumiNights at 6:30 p.m. Separate tickets will need to be purchased exclusively for the spectacle.

A happy hour special will be held each event night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the zoo’s Watering Hole, which has been recently renovated.

The specific nights the spectacle will take place changes throughout the summer, so the times for that week can be found by going to jacksonvillezoo.org/illumiNights.