FAQs: Wild Lights Drive Thru

Drive Thru FAQs

  • What age is this appropriate for?

    This is an event for all ages.

  • How long is the route?

    The route is 1 mile through the Zoo grounds and lasts approximately 30 minutes. This experience will have music and blinking lights.

  • Which side of the vehicle will be a better experience?

    Decorations will be on both the passenger and driver sides of the vehicle.

  • Can we see animals?

    Animals are not viewable during this event.

  • Will food and drinks be available?

    Yes, there will be food, drink, and merchandise stops along the route. Follow the direction signs to pull into the food lanes to get your snacks and merchandise.

  • Are restrooms available?

    A restroom for emergency use is available at the beginning and end of the route at the Administration Building.

Ticket FAQs

  • How do I purchase tickets?

    Tickets are only available online, in advance.

  • Are tickets available at the Zoo on the night of the event?

    Tickets are not available at the Zoo. Tickets must be purchased online, in advance.

  • Can I switch my tickets to a different day or time?

    Wild Lights tickets are not refundable or transferable to a different day or time. Because this is a timed event, please arrive only at your reserved time.

  • What if it rains or snows?

    Wild Lights Drive Thru is rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather conditions, please check your email for Wild Lights updates.

  • Do Zoo Pass Members receive a discount?

    Yes, Zoo Pass Members receive a 20% discount — enter code jolly and your member ID. Discount must be applied at the time of purchase.

  • Can we go through the route more than once?

    Tickets are for one (1) Wild Lights Drive Thru experience.

  • Can we ride in the bed of a pickup truck?

    No. All guests must comply with seatbelt and child restraint laws while experiencing Wild Lights Drive Thru.

  • Are motorcycles permitted?

    Yes, but guests must always remain seated.

  • Are pets permitted?

    No pets, except service animals, are permitted.

Rules of the Road

  • Speed limit is 4 mph.
  • You must always remain in your vehicle.
  • Please allow for a safe distance from the car directly in front of you.
  • Passing is not permitted.
  • Vehicle size limited to 20 feet in length and 6.5 feet in width (for example, a Ford F250 truck).
  • Vehicles cannot exceed 6.5 feet in height.
  • Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • Loud noises, including horn honking, is not permitted.
  • This event is for motorized vehicles only.
  • Guests must comply with seatbelt and child restraint laws.
  • All other vehicle laws apply while at Wild Lights Drive Thru.

Have more questions? Please email zoo.specialevents@milwaukeecountywi.gov.

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