As a nearby resident of one of CLE’s favorite attractions, I enjoy serving as one of the Cleveland Zoological Society’s bloggers every year. And between blogging for their wonderful events and even working for an organization that hosts an annual event at the Zoo, it feels like I should be paying them rent some times!!
I’ll be moving back in very soon as the Cleveland Zoological Society’s Animal Attractions is less than two weeks away on Thursday, February 6th – inside the Zoo’s RainForest. And after attending in 2012 and 2013, here’s what you should know before you go…
Be ready to eat earlier in the evening.
This year’s Animal Attractions food vendors include:
- AMP 150
- Cleveland Cupcake Company
- Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen
- Creekside Restaurant & Bar
- Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
- Great Lakes Brewing Company
- House of Blues Cleveland
- Rosander Event Kitchen
- Whole Foods Market Cedar Center
…but be ready to eat in the 6 o’clock hour if you can get their after work in time. The Zoological staff have plenty of other surprises up their sleeves for the evening – you wouldn’t want to be distracted from all the fun!
AMP 150′s short rib offering from the 2013 event. (I might have gone back for seconds… and considered thirds…)
The food and beverage is located in more than one spot – and on more than one floor.
From 6-9pm, guest will enjoy all those restaurant offerings, an open bar and Jacob’s Creek wine tastings. But don’t assume just because there’s a great set up in the cafe area that that means that’s the only spot to find food and beverage. Plenty of those vendors are scattered in the exhibits. So grab a plate and/or a glass to start, then start to wander around!
Get ready to learn something too.
There will also be the opportunity to get to know the Rainforest’s and Zoo’s animal inhabitants, including the following Zoo employees and their presentations:
- Andi Kornak with 50 Shades of Grey – Part II (all about the elephants)
- Travis Vineyard with Bear Foot and Pregnant (all about the bears)
- Jim Nemet with That’s the Way I like It (all about the various education department animals)
…you will be in a Rainforest after all! The event is business casual, so a layer under that suit jacket might not be a bad idea. Don’t forget that it’s 80 degrees inside!
Tickets are still available!
Animal Attractions tickets are $60 for Zoo members and $65 for non-members. Since alcohol is served, you must be 21 or older to attend. Monies raised will benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society and its ability to continue to give Clevelanders a wonderful place to visit.
Purchase tickets at ClevelandZooSociety.org before they sell out!
- Like the Zoo Society on Facebook and follow the zoo society on the Twitter at @clevezoosociety.
- Learn more about all of their 2014 events by visiting their website.
Disclosure: I was offered two media passes to Animal Attractions in return for sharing this information. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.