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PHOTO COURTESY CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO ENJOYING THE CRITTERS — A family checks out some of the animals in an enclosure at the Central Florida Zoo. The zoo is opening one Friday evening a month through September for enjoyment when the facility normally is closed.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ popular all-ages event, Family Sunset at the Zoo, is back, offering everyone a chance to enjoy the community institution in a whole new light.

The event takes place every fourth Friday through September. The zoo reopens at 5 p.m. and comes alive with all sorts of fun until the sun goes down. Family Sunset features music at the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground, inflatable games and, of course, some of your favorite animals along the shaded boardwalks.

The zoo already held one Family Sunset in May. Dates for the remaining evenings are as follows:

June 24 – 5-8 p.m.

July 22 – 5-8 p.m.

Aug. 26 – 5-8 p.m.

Sept. 23 – 5-8 p.m.

The last admission is at 7:30 p.m. for each event. Tickets cost $6 per person when purchased online and $8 per person when purchased at the gate. The event is separate from daytime admission and is not included for annual passholders.

Guests can also bundle and save with the Family 4-Pack for $40, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four regular fountain drinks to fuel the whole family for fun.

Guests can purchase tickets at httpsu://shop.centralfloridazoo.org/webstore/shop/ViewItems.aspx?CG=ctp&C=sunset.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is home to more than 300 animals in Sanford, and hosts a variety of fun and educational events for the community.

As a not-for-profit organization, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a leader in conservation, with the mission of providing experiences that excite and inspire adults and children to learn and act on behalf of wildlife.

For more information, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.

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