ZooLumination Tickets on Sale

NORFOLK, VA – Everyone is getting lit over the Virginia Zoo’s newest exhibition, ZooLumination, and tickets are now on sale!

The brand-new event features 29 inflatable sculptures ranging from six to 36 feet tall, depicting several of the Zoo’s animals and even a Zoo Keeper. Admission to the exhibition will be included in daytime admission where visitors can walk beneath the towering giants. But come nighttime, the Zoo will host its first-ever drive-thru where cars can venture on grounds driving around the glowing giants while hearing a narrated audio tour produced by WHRO. ZooLumination opens November 19, 2021 and concludes January 9, 2022.

Times and Tickets:

  • Open daily, 10 am to 4 pm, included in general admission, adults $17.95, children $14.95
  • Sunday thru Thursday: 5 to 9 pm, $45 per car
  • Friday and Saturday (peak): 5 to 11 pm, $50 per car

Virginia Zoo Members receive unlimited free admission to the daytime walk-thru and $10 off the nightly drive-thru price. Zoo Members are also invited to an exclusive Member Walk-Thru Preview at night, before ZooLumination opens to the public. 

The custom-designed inflatable sculptures are made of durable materials including polyester, nylon, and vinyl. One of the smaller animals, like the meerkat which stands 6 feet tall, uses about 12 yards of fabric.  A medium-sized animal, like the tiger, takes 50 yards. The largest of the inflatables, the giraffe with a calf that stands 30 feet tall, used 280 yards of material. All the inflatable sculptures are internally lit with LED lights. In addition to that, more than 200 light fixtures containing over 3,000 individual LED lights will create a spectacular visual backdrop for the animals that bring their surroundings to life. Some of the individual light fixtures will illuminate lighting as bright as 18,000 lumens with hundreds of colorful combinations. 

Nighttime drive-thru tickets are likely to sell out, so get yours now! ZooLumination.com