Select evenings from November 4, 2021 – January 15, 2021. See ticket sales link for full schedule.
The fun starts at 5:00 p.m.
Advance online tickets required.
Masks are not mandatory when visiting the Zoo.
However, when inside any indoor areas (Café Africa and the Gift Shop, masks must be worn by those over 12.)
GloWild is debuting for the first time in Arkansas and is coming to illuminate the Little Rock Zoo!
See the Little Rock Zoo in a whole new light as you enjoy one of the largest lantern festivals in the nation featuring thousands of handcrafted silk-covered lanterns aglow with more than 50,000 LED light bulbs. This outdoor light experience will be Little Rock’s premier light festival and feature more than 30 lighted displays. This first themed lantern light event of its kind in the State will cover Zoo grounds and offer guests an immersive encounter like no other. Arkansas, let’s make GloWILD! made possible by the Arkansas Zoological Foundation and sponsored Keep Arkansas Beautiful a huge success!
This year, experience more than 30 lantern displays artfully placed throughout the 1.4-mile paved walkway throughout the Zoo’s 33- acre park. We invite you to create new traditions for you and your favorite people.
GloWild will include three areas of spectacular delight. One area will be marine land featuring ocean animals. The Naturescape will be next that will feature trees, flowers, birds and plants. The last main area will be exotic animals that will feature zoo animals representing wildlife from all over the world. Dive in and experience dazzling ocean scenes including a magnificent swimming whale, playful fish, and scurrying crabs. Dramatic archways illuminate the way on a magical journey past colorful peacocks, and even a lion family glowing with pride. Kids (or kids at heart) can become part of the magic while leaping from star to star creating their own cosmic tunes, or stepping close to a life-like bubble breathing crab for some whirling, twirling fun. Interactive and photo opportunity displays will include angel wings, light-up walking stars, a moving whale, and a lit peacock.
GLO Wild sponsored by Keep Arkansas Beautiful and In partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, an international event design company is sure to create glowing smiles and bright memories for guests of all ages.
GLO Wild is a rain or shine event. No refunds, rain checks or exchanges are available for this important fundraiser. When purchasing tickets online, make sure your email is correct to receive your tickets.
GloWild FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Get answers to all your frequently asked questions about Wild Lights!
General Event FAQ
What are the dates and event times for the Glo Wild?
GloWild runs select nights from November 4, 2021 – January 15, 2022. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. each night and guests must exit by 9:30 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights. Guests must exit by 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
On Sunday through Thursday, the last entry is at 8:30 p.m. The last entry is 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
GloWild will be open on Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day, and closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. See ticket sales link for full schedule.
Do regular, day-time Zoo hours change?
No, regular zoo hours will not be changed during the GloWild Light festival.
Is GloWild a family-friendly event?
GloWild is an event for everyone to enjoy! This is a cultural experience designed to delight guests of all ages. It is ideal for a family outing or a date night.
What about rain?
This is a rain or shine event. The lanterns will glow beautifully no matter what the weather. Be sure to bring gear appropriate for rain. A limited number of rain ponchos and other clothing items will be available for purchase at the Safari Trader Gift Shop. Safety is our first priority. The Zoo reserves the right to close or cancel the event if weather conditions are assessed to be a safety hazard. In the event of severe weather, updates will be made on our website and social media.
How do I get to the Zoo for GloWild?
The Little Rock Zoo
1 Zoo Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
Where do we park? Is there a cost?
Parking is available directly across from the Little Rock Zoo’s main entrance. While we charge a $3.00 parking fee during the day, this particular event will not have a parking fee added to admission. We encourage you to ensure your vehicle is properly secured with valuables out of sight.
Is there off-site parking or a Zoo shuttle?
There is NO off-site parking or Zoo shuttle. Be sure not to park in the parking lots of neighboring businesses or you may be towed.
Can you see the Zoo animals during the GloWild Festival?
Many of the animals will not typically be on exhibit in the evenings so they can rest and maintain their regular schedule. However, you may catch some of our late-night party animals (weather permitting). You are most likely to see spider monkeys, duikers, alpaca, and elephants.
Are strollers and wheelchairs available for rental?
Yes, the Little Rock Zoo rents strollers, electric scooters and wheelchairs (limited number) from the front plaza. Electric scooters are available in a limited number during GLO Wild and reserved on a first come first served basis.
Is smoking permitted?
No. For the safety of our guests, smoking (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited anywhere on Zoo grounds during this after-hours event.
Is this event epileptic-friendly?
Some lantern displays feature flashing lights, and may trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.
What other Zoo tips and safety guidelines should I be aware of?
Click here for information on Zoo policies.
You can find our policies on COVID-19 here -> COVID-19 Guidelines
Do I need to wear a mask?
Masks are not mandatory when visiting the Zoo. However, when inside indoor spaces (Café Africa and the Safari Trader Gift Shop), masks must be worn by those over 12 years of age.
What is the Zoo doing to enforce social distancing during this event?
We’re coordinating with the Arkansas Department of health and City of Little Rock directives to ensure we’re following all the latest health safety guidelines. You will see signage, animal markers on the ground and guest services personnel stationed throughout the Zoo to encourage social distancing.
Lantern Route FAQ and Etiquette
Can I touch the lanterns?
No, most of our lanterns are hand-crafted and are meant to be viewed, not handled. Please, do not touch, climb, cross or lean on the lanterns or barriers around them. We will have some lanterns without barriers that will allow guests to get up close and become part of the beauty of the lantern festival.
How long is the route for the GLO Wild?
The route is approximately 1.4 miles long on a wheelchair-friendly path and takes around one hour to walk through. This is a walking event, there are no shuttles.
How many times can I go around the lantern pathway?
In order to maintain social distancing and to adhere to our reduced capacity guidelines, the path will be one way and guests can only complete the route one time.
Will we be lighting and releasing lanterns at the festival?
No, our handcrafted lanterns are illuminated with LED bulbs and will stay firmly on the ground.
Is the route handicapped accessible?
Yes, the event is wheelchair and stroller-friendly on a paved path, however, please be aware that there are some steep hills. The Little Rock Zoo rents strollers, electric scooters and wheelchairs (limited number) from the front plaza. For more information and prices for rentals, click here.
Can I take photographs?
Yes! You are welcome to take photos and we’d love to see them! Share your fun photos on our social media channels by tagging #LRZGloWild. Please be considerate of other guests; do not block pathways or the views of others while waiting for that perfect shot. GloWild photographs and videos are not to be used for commercial purposes.
May I get a refund or exchange my ticket for another date if something comes up?
Sorry, we cannot exchange or refund tickets for this important Zoo fundraiser.
Do you have a combo option that includes Zoo tickets and GloWild tickets?
GloWild is a separate, ticketed event in partnership with Tianyu Arts and Culture. Zoo tickets and GloWild tickets must be purchased separately. We appreciate your understanding.
The date I want is sold out. Can I buy tickets at the Zoo ticket windows, on the day of the event?
Due to limited capacity, all tickets must be purchased online in advance. Get tickets here. Tickets are not guaranteed to be available for purchase at the gate.
Does a ticket to GloWild cover daytime admission to the Zoo?
No, GLoWild is a separate, ticketed event that provides entry to the Zoo when the after-hours event begins. Zoo tickets and GLoWild tickets must be purchased separately. We appreciate your understanding.
Do children 2 and under get in free like regular Zoo admission?
Yes, children 2 and under are free. Ages 3 and up require a full-price ticket.
Do I need to print my tickets if I purchase online?
Not necessarily. Some phones (for example, those with cracked or broken screens), and saved PDF versions of the tickets present scanning challenges. Please, do not screen capture your tickets as they will not scan.
I purchased a ticket online, but I did not receive a confirmation email/ticket. What do I do?
An email confirming your purchase should arrive within 15 minutes of payment. Please check your Junk/Spam folders for an e-mail. If you entered an invalid or misspelled email during your purchase, the payment will appear on your credit card, but your tickets will not be delivered.
Is there a limit to the number of tickets I can purchase? All guests are limited to 8 tickets per order. This will help us to encourage social distancing as well as manage attendance capacity.
Zoo Member FAQ
Do Little Rock Zoo members receive special pricing?
Yes. Current members can purchase discounted tickets online through our ticket site. You can also purchase extra tickets for non-member guests not covered on your membership at the same time (at the regular rate). Note: We reserve the right to check member cards and photo IDs at the gate.
Do I need to bring proof of my membership (card, app, temporary pass) and photo ID even though I used my ID number to buy my ticket online?
Yes, we reserve the right to check member cards and photo IDs at the gate. See Member FAQs for more general member details.
How many discount tickets can I purchase?
You can purchase tickets for the number of people covered on your membership card. We reserve the right to check membership cards and photo IDs at the gate.
I am a member of a reciprocal Zoo. Do I receive discounted admission to GLO Wild?
To limit contact and minimize the exchange of items between guest and staff, we are not offering reciprocal Zoo discounts for this event.
We normally park for free as members. Is it also free for the GloWild Lights?
Parking is available directly across from the Little Rock Zoo’s main entrance. While we charge a $3.00 parking fee during the day for non-members, this particular event will not have a parking fee added to admission. We encourage you to ensure your vehicle is properly secured with valuables out of sight.
Can Zoo members bring a guest?
Yes. Additional guests not covered by the membership regularly must pay full price. You can purchase these full-priced guest tickets at the same time you purchase your online discount tickets. We reserve the right to check membership cards and photo IDs at the gate.
Is there a separate Zoo member entrance?
No. All visitors will have their tickets scanned at the ticketing windows and enter through the main gate.
I have some ride passes that were included in my regular membership package. Are my rides included or discounted for the Glo Wild?
Because this is a special after-hours fundraising event for the Zoo, ride and attraction punch cards are not included and are an additional cost for all participants.
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1 Zoo Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
Hours of Operation
9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Last admission 4 p.m.
Zoo grounds close at 4:30 pm
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