Sleeping Bag Safaris

Sleeping Bag Safaris

Sleeping Bag Safaris 

Bring your family or group to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a WILD time! Sleeping Bag Safaris are available year-round. Children must be at least 4 years old, and 1 adult is required to attend with every 10 youth. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance. All safaris run 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. unless otherwise noted. See below for more information.

Sleeping in a Sea Cave Safari - A Sea Lion Sleeping Experience!

An Outside Experience

Sleep alongside sea lions in our Owen Sea Lion Shores exhibit. Get a taste of camping in the Pacific Northwest by setting up tents underneath the rocky tunnel beside our premium underwater sea lion viewing. While this is a covered area, we still consider this an outdoor experience. Campers must provide their own weather appropriate gear (pop-up tents only/no stake tents allowed, sleeping bags, etc.).  The Zoo will provide guided tours (evening & morning), evening snack and free day at the Zoo. Open to families and small groups. Minimum age for this overnight is 6 years old. 
Cost is $50.00/per person.  Pre-registration required. Program runs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

New 2023 Dates:

  • Friday, March 31 - Cold Weather Camping (Sea Lions)*
  • Saturday, April 22
  • Friday, June 23
  • Saturday, September 2
  • Saturday, October 7
*Require Tents
Ask us about reserving a Large Group Camping Experience for your next Scout trip.  A private overnight available for groups of 15-20 maximum in number.  Call 402-738-2092 for more info. 

Valentine's Day Enrichment               

** Valentine's Day Enrichment from 2/7/20 Boxes, Bags, Ribbons & Bows overnight. 

Boxes, Bags, Ribbons & Bows 

A Family Overnight Safari

Spend the night and help make enrichment packages for the many species at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Guests will be staying in the different facilities around the Zoo and participating in an enrichment workshop. The workshop will explain the philosophy of enrichment and will conclude with a demonstration of enrichment being give out during our morning tour. Cost includes paid admission, overnight stay, special guided tours, evening snack, "Grab-n-Go" breakfast, free day at the Zoo and a special enrichment viewing.  Minimum age for this overnight/workshop is 6 years old.   
Cost:  $40.00 - $52.00/per person
Pre-registration required - minimum age 6 years old. 
Program runs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.  
  • Supply List (Optional to Bring) (currently suspended - supplies will be provided)
  • Merchandise Add-Ons

2023 Dates:

  • Saturday, February 11 - Valentines are in the Air! (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Saturday, March 11 - Green is the Color of the Day! Happy St. Patrick's Day! (Scott Aquarium - Ocean Birds)
*Require Tents

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Overnight Adventures


Family Safaris


Come experience Safari Tent Camping at it's best ... at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium! 

Families can stay in real canvas tents with cots, nightstands, and director chairs, with electrical outlets and oscillating fans overlooking the lion’s exhibit. This is a 24/7 outside campsite with a campfire pit where guests can roast marshmallows and enjoy an outdoor movie. Your overnight will include educational programming, overnight stay, Zoo admission, evening snack, grab-n-go breakfast, morning hike and a visit from one of our Animal Ambassadors.
Tents are reserved per family. Children attending the Family Safaris must be 4 years of age and accompanied by an adult. One adult is required per tent.  Program runs 7 pm to 9 am. 
Cost: $110 per person 

2023 Dates:

  • Saturday, May 13
  • Saturday, June 3
  • Saturday, July 8
  • Saturday, August 19
  • Saturday, September 16
  • Friday, October 6

Make a Reservation

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, grab-n-go breakfast, morning hike, and free day at the Zoo. 


Family Safaris are inside facility overnights 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 cost are $40.00 - $55.00 per person depending on what facility is being used. Family Safaris includes educational programming, paid admission, overnight stay, an evening snack and an "Grab-n-Go" breakfast. 
*Please note these overnights are not open to scout groups, youth groups, or groups in general.  See Small Group Campouts for these overnights. 

2023 Dates:

  • Friday, February 3 - Penguins and Pajamas (Scott Aquarium - Ocean Birds)
  • Saturday, February 11 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons, and Bows (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Friday, March 11 - Boxes, Bags, Ribbons, and Bows (Scott Aquarium - Ocean Birds)
  • Friday, March 31 - Cold Weather Camping (Sea Lions)*
  • Saturday, April 15 - Sleeping Bags and Sharks (Scott Aquarium - Shark Reef)
  • Saturday, April 22 - Sleeping in a Sea Cave (Owen Sea Lions)
  • Friday, May 19 - Sleeping Bags and Sharks (Scott Aquarium - Shark Reef)
  • Friday, May 26 - Science and Stingrays (Harper Event Center / Stingray Beach)
  • Friday, June 2 - Penguins and Pajamas (Scott Aquarium - Ocean Birds)
  • Friday, June 23 - Science and Stingrays (Harper Event Center / Stingray Beach)
  • Saturday, July 1 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, July 14 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Saturday, July 29 - Science and Stingrays (Harper Event Center / Stingray Beach)
  • Saturday, August 5 - Getting some Zzzz's with Gorillas (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Friday, August 25 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
*Facility requires tents and guests must provide own tents for use. (2-4 person tents suggested - Pop-up only)
♦Additional Cost due to Special program.  

21 and Over Safaris (Ages 21 and older)

Safari Tent Camp 


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 picnic dinner and drinks, an evening hike, movie, snacks, "grab-n-go" breakfast, morning hike, and free day at the Zoo.
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 per person is $135.00 ($270.00 per couple). This overnight is for guests 21years old and over only. Single campers pay a minimum two-person tent price. There is a maximum two-person occupancy per tent.

2023 Dates:

  • Friday, May 12
  • Saturday, May 20
  • Friday, June 2
  • Saturday, June 10
  • Saturday, June 17
  • Saturday, June 24
  • Friday, June 30
  • Saturday, July 15
  • Saturday, July 22
  • Saturday, July 29
  • Saturday, August 5
  • Saturday, August 12
  • Friday, August 18
  • Saturday, August 26
  • Friday, September 15
  • Saturday, September 23
  • Saturday, September 30
  • Saturday, October 7

Adult Only Safari Tent Camping Guidelines

Small Group Safaris (Less than 25 Participants)

Small Group Safaris

Small Group Safaris are overnight programs designed for schools, churches, scouts or summer camps who cannot meet our 20-person Large Group Safari minimum. The program includes educational programming, overnight stay, paid admission, and evening snack. Groups will go on a night hike, play conservation games, watch a movie and go on a morning hike. Guests must be 4 years old or older.
Safaris run from 7 p.m. - 9 a.m. and are costs $40.00 - $50.00 per person.  

2023 Dates:

  • Saturday, February 25 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Saturday, March 4 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Saturday, March 25 - Cold Weather Camping (Asian Highlands)*
  • Friday, May 12 - Getting Some Zzzz's with Gorillas (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)
  • Friday, May 26 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
  • Saturday, June 3 - Science and Stingrays (Harper Event Center/Stingray Beach)
  • Saturday, June 17 - Snoozing Under the Sea (Scott Aquarium)
  • Friday, July 7 - Penguins and Pajamas (Scott Aquarium - Ocean Birds) 
  • Friday, July 28 - Getting Some Zzzz's with Gorillas (Hubbard Gorilla Valley)  
  • Friday, August 4 - Science and Stingrays (Harper Event Center/Stingray Beach)
  • Friday, August 25 - Dreams in the Desert (Desert Dome)*
*Denotes Facility requires tents.  Please bring non stakeable tents to overnight. 
♦Denotes Special Fee due to extra event. 

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Large Group Safaris (25 Participants or More)








Large Group Safari

Groups of at least 25 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 are per person and by facility (see Packages and Pricing list below) with a minimum age of 4 year old.  

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Wildlife Safari Park Campouts


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.
Campouts at Wildlife Safari Park will start at 7:00 pm to accomodate drivers from Lincoln and Omaha.  Please plan on joining us from 7:00 pm to 9:00 am and enjoying the country air.  
The Campout includes educational programming, overnight stay, park admission, evening hike, and morning hike. Guests are allowed to bring food and drink (non-alcoholic) into the park to enjoy. We will be providing the evening snack but please feel free to bring your own breakfast
We NOW have three locations where guests can spend the night: Base Camp, Darrald Harsh Wildlife Education Center and Car Camping at Wolf Woods.  Campouts Base Camp has canvas tents on platforms and a firepit for traditional camping. Cots will be provided but guests will need to bring their own sleeping grear. The Darrald Harsh Wildlife Education Center Campout is an enclosed building and has running water and electricity and is close to bathroom for younger campers that are just starting out with staying overnight. Floor space is ample and blow up mattresses or sleeping bag pads are welcome. And lastley our Car Camping program allows guests to sleep in their cars or bring their tents and camp near their cars.
An added bonus is that 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. However, Wildlife Safari Park practices "Leave No Trace" so please be aware of what you bring in you must pack out.
Cost is $35 - $45 per person with reservations made a minimum of three weeks in advance. For more information please contact the Education Department at 402-739-2092 or at
Wildlife Safari Park is located off Nebraska’s I-80, Exit 426.
16406  292nd Street
Ashland, NE 68003




More dates coming in 2023!        




Pre-Campers Campouts

This family program focuses on families of all ages. We will discover what spending the night at the Park is all about without actually spending the night. Geared towards the beginner campers and young explorers. Event starts at 4:30 p.m. and concludes and 8:30 p.m. Guests will experience educational programming, paid admission, dinner, night hike, and evening snack. 
Cost is $28 per person (children under 1 are free). Adult participation required.

More dates coming in 2023!