Houston Zoo

Enchantment Under the Sea

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 – Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

06:30 PM – 09:30 PM


Experience the Zoo unlike ever before! At Enchantment Under the Sea, you will indulge in a delectable 3-course ocean-friendly seafood dinner among an array of fish, corals, and sea jellies in the unique Carruth Natural Encounters building. Ocean-friendly seafood is any seafood that is fished or farmed in a way as to not harm other wildlife in the ocean.

This exclusive evening soiree at the Zoo will begin with a specialty cocktail served upon entry. Sip as you stroll through the beautiful Kipp Aquarium, where you will see some of your favorite marine animals, including a sea turtle, seahorses, and an array of colorful fish. Swoon over the sea lions and get close to a myriad of touchable animals as you enjoy light appetizers in the Main Plaza. Here you can meet our knowledgeable Zoo staff to learn how the Zoo works to protect marine animals, as well as what you, too, can do to help protect animals in the ocean. Just before dinner is served, our sea lions will demonstrate how they eat only ocean-friendly seafood (and thank you for doing so as well) in a special sea lion show at the sea lion pool.

By attending the Enchantment Under the Sea dinner, you are helping save wildlife – a portion of your event ticket will be donated to the conservation efforts of MarAlliance.

Bring a date, or bring a friend; this enchanting, aquatic dinner is one not to be missed!

Your ticket for this enchanting evening includes:

  • Hors d’oeuvres and a 3-course meal (all of which are ocean-friendly)
  • Specialty cocktail upon entrance
  • Meet and greet with Zoo animal ambassadors
  • Private access to the beautiful Kipp Aquarium
  • Sea Lion Show
  • Meet with Zoo staff and learn how the Zoo, and you, help save animals in the wild.
  • Plus, enter to win exclusive Zoo prizes throughout the night!

Please note this event is for guests 21 years and older only.


  • Daylight Savings Time, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (last admission 6pm)
    Central Standard Time, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (last admission 5pm)
    Closed on Christmas Day.
  • $99 per person 

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Parking in Hermann Park and the Zoo's main lot is limited so consider arriving early or using public transportation. Other parking options include using the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza at 6400 Fannin. This facility charges a parking fee.

Special Offers / Dining

Wherever you are in the Zoo, you’re never far away from a snack. Cafes, carts and kiosks are located throughout the Zoo and feature items such as hot dogs, nachos, soft pretzels, popcorn, fresh fruit, cotton candy, sodas, water, sno kones, Dippin’ Dots, Lemon Chill, and more.

Macaw Café

The perfect place to grab a quick bite as you enter the Zoo, Macaw Café offers a seasonal rotation of market salads and wraps, sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, fries, and a variety of treats such as parfaits, cookies, trail mix, and fresh fruit.

Cypress Circle

Centrally located with a great view of Duck Lake and plenty of shade, Cypress Circle offers an ever-changing menu that includes hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, snacks, desserts, sodas, a variety of beers, and frozen alcoholic beverages. There are multiple ordering areas, offerings change all the time, and there are more options on busier days.

Twiga Cafe

Visit Twiga’s spacious, cool dining room to snack on everything from hamburgers to salads to chicken tenders. Pizza, a variety of other kids’ options, and snacks like fresh fruit, cookies, trail mix, and more are also available. You can even sit outside and watch the giraffes or rhinos while you eat!

Herzstein Trading Post

Feeling the need for a sweet treat? Here’s your place. Located at the entrance of African Forest, we serve Blue Bell Ice Cream as well as a variety of other desserts, including cookies, brownies, and floats. You’ll also find beverages like soda, slushes, and coffee

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