HONOLULU (HONOLULU MAGAZINE) — Feel like a zoo VIP with exclusive access, active animals and cooler temperatures at this after-hours program.

Since attending Winter Break Zoo Camp at the Honolulu Zoo, Duke has become an avid animal expert, spouting off facts to his dad and me. We decided to take advantage of his new-found passion and booked tickets for the evening tour at the zoo offered on Saturdays.

We arrived early as we were not sure how hard it would be to find parking. As luck would have it, all the surfers were heading home, so we nabbed a great stall in the zoo parking lot along Kapahulu Avenue. Adding to the exclusive feel of the tour, we entered at Gate 3, which is the “back door” to the zoo, and were handed special lanyards to wear around our necks. It felt like a backstage pass.

Twilight Tours give people a chance to experience the zoo after it closes to the public. The two-hour guided tours run on Saturday evenings starting at 4;30 p.m. from October to March and 5:30 p.m. April to September.

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