Wild Lights Festival at Blank Park Zoo

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Get Wild at the Wild Lights Festival at Blank Park Zoo

The Wild Lights Festival is back at the Blank Park Zoo for the third year. Every year I get so excited when they announce this special exhibit. Pictures do not do it justice! This is such a fun event for the whole family to enjoy the outdoors, get some fresh air, and enjoy some culture. We are sharing all the details including ONE special day to receive up to 40% off tickets.

About the Wild Lights Festival

The Blank Park Zoo Wild Lights Festival is presented by MidAmerican Energy Company. Each year the zoo is covered with light displays all over and there is always something new to see. In 2023 visitors were in awe of the 75-foot-long sunflower tunnel and a giant 33-foot-wide octopus. In 2024, visitors will be wowed by an 82-foot-long Chinese dragon, a magic forest, and a giant panda mountain. Even if you have visited in previous years, there is a reason to attend again! Blank Park Zoo has partnered with Tianyu Arts & Culture to bring a new theme that highlights Asian culture and includes Asian mythical creatures, Asian lanterns, and many photo-selfie opportunities.


Beginning, Wednesday, March 6, 2024, public ticket sales begin! On this date, the public can purchase advance tickets on the Blank Park Zoo website for this visually stunning festival. This includes a one-day sale where tickets will be discounted up to 40% for one day only! Tickets range in price from $19-$25 (one-day sale price as low as $15). Make sure you mark your calendars and set your alarms.  

NOTE: The 1-day $15 ticket sale price is only good if you pre-select the date you are going to attend. If you want to purchase a ticket for ANY DAY on March 6, the price will be $20 per ticket.

Dates and Hours of Wild Lights Festival

Plan your visit any time between April 5th – May 27th (nightly, Wednesday – Sunday plus Memorial Day). The festival is open from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Visitors should plan for 60-90 minutes to walk through the zoo and observe the displays. The last admission is accepted at 9:30 p.m. Please remember that this is an evening special event and animal exhibits are not available for viewing.

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Erin Huiatt

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