Sleeping Bag Safaris

Sleeping Bag Safaris

You don't have to travel halfway across the world to take your family or group on an exotic vacation!

Sleeping Bag Safaris are available year-round. Children must be at least four years old. One adult is required to attend with every 10 youth.  All Safaris run from 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. unless noted otherwise.

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Please call (402) 738-2092 or email for more information.

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Upcoming Overnights

January 20, 2018  Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome Facility) - come experience an overnight in the world's largest indoor desert.  Guests will pitch a tent and sleep under the stars inside the Desert Dome.  See our Small Group Sleeping Bag Safaris for more information and how to register.  

January 27, 2018 Waking on the Wild Side Family Safari (Wild Kingdom Pavilion) - The Wild Kingdom Pavilion offers a chance to sleep alongside a large variety of animals.  From birds, to mice, to spitting fish, you'll learn about the smaller animals at the zoo.  Guests will sleep in the pavilion and have access to their own private movie theater for the night.  See our Family Sleeping Bag Safaris for more information and how to register. 

February 3, 2018 Sleeping Bags and Sharks Family Safari (Scott Aquarium) - Ever wonder what sharks and fish do at night?  Come find out!  Guests will sleep in the Shark Reef facility and have access to our shark tunnel, jellyfish, and small shark exhibits at night.  See our Family Sleeping Bag Safaris for more information and how to register. 

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Family Safaris

Now accepting reservations for 2018!

Now Available - Online Reservations!

Family Sleeping Bag Safaris are overnight programs where guests spend the night at the Zoo to experience exhibits after-hours. Program include educational programs, paid admission, overnight stay, evening hike, conservation games, evening snack, movie, breakfast, morning hike, free day at the Zoo and animal visit. 

Family Safaris are limited to family groups and have a minimum ages of four years to participate. Both programs run from 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. and are $40 per person unless noted otherwise. 

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Pre-Campers Experience

Now Available - Online Reservations! 

This family program focuses on families of all ages. We will discover what spending the night at the Zoo is all about without actually spending the night. Geared towards the beginner campers and young explorers. Event starts at 5:30 p.m. and concludes and 8:30 p.m. Guests will experience educational programming, paid admission, dinner, night hike, and evening snack. 

Cost is $25 per person (children under 1 are free). Adult participation required.

Upcoming dates: 

  • February 16
  • March 30
  • June 16
  • July 28
  • August 18

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Adult Only Safaris (Ages 21 and older)

Now accepting 2018 reservations!

Now Available - Online Reservations!

Join us for an overnight program where adult guests spend the night at the Zoo's Safari Tent Camp site and experience the exhibits after-hours. Program includes an evening gourmet dinner and drinks, an evening hike, movie, snacks, breakfast, morning hike, free day at the Zoo and animal visit.

Tents include one double cot or two single cots. Each tent is 10' x 12' spacious interior equipped with an electrical outlet, nightstand with lantern, area rug, dining table, two director chairs and oscillating fan. Guests must bring their own bedding and comfortable shoes for walking.

Cost is $100 per person. For adults 21 and over only. Single campers pay a minimum two-person tent price. There is a maximum two-person occupancy per tent.

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Small Group Safaris (Less than 25 Participants)

Now accepting reservations for 2018!

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Small Group Safaris are overnight programs designed for schools, churches, scouts or summer camps who cannot meet our 25-person Large Group Safari minimum. The program includes educational programming, overnight stay, paid admission, and evening snack. Groups will go on night hike, play conservation games, watch a movie and go on a morning hike. Guests must be 4 years old or older.

Please note that Small Group Safaris combine multiple small groups into one large group for overnights. The facilities are large and have plenty of space to spread out. If your group is looking for a private event then please see our Large Group Safaris that have a minimum of 25 participants.  

Safaris run from 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. and are $37 per person unless noted otherwise.

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Large Group Safaris (25 Participants or More)

Now accepting reservations for 2018!

Groups of 25 or more can call and arrange a private overnight stay. Schools, churches, scouts, summer camps, families and other groups are welcome to make a reservation year-round. Overnight includes educational programming, paid admission, overnight stay, evening snack, night hike, conservation games, movie and morning hike. Other packages are available with additional amenities for a unique and memorable experience. Cost starts at $37 per person with a minimum age of 4 year old.  

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Wildlife Safari Park Campouts

Now accepting reservations for 2018!

Campouts are overnight educational programs where guests spend the night in platform canvas tents and enjoy learning about what happens at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari (Ashland, Nebraska) after dark.

The Campout includes educational programming, overnight stay, park admission, evening hike, evening snack, light breakfast and animal visit. Guests will spend the night at the campsite with platform canvas tents, cots, a rug, nightstand and lantern. Groups are asked to bring their own bedding, flashlights, chairs and bug spray. 

Please note that the Wildlife Safari Park allows food and non-alcoholic drinks to be brought into the Park especially during overnights.  Groups are welcome to bring coolers and extra supplies as well as their own tents (if they choose). The Wildlife Safari Park practices "Leave No Trace" so please be aware of what you bring in you must pack out.

Cost is $40 per person with reservations made a minimum of three weeks in advance. One adult per tent is required and a minimum of 4 years of age to participate. 

Wildlife Safari Park is located off Nebraska’s I-80, Exit 426.
16406 N. 292 Street
Ashland, NE 68003

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