As a child I remember that the evenings at the Exotarium in the Frankfurt Zoo used to be exciting events, as they used to have artificial tropical rains and thunder at the crocodiles. That’s when the lazy, usually static animals would start to move around in the rain.
It was a nice surprise for me to discover that the Exotarium still has monthly “late nights” every last Friday of the month even in the Winter Season. And even the thunder and the rain are still on: 17:45h sharp! The big crocodiles have given way to smaller species of reptiles for space reasons, but the old-fashioned Exotarium is still worth the visit during those Friday events, after the crowds of school classes and tourists have long left.
I like the old aquarium displays with the hundreds of species of fish, the legendary green “show stairs” up to the hot and overheated reptiles section and the scary insects and spiders.
The zoo offers guided, narrated tours on these evenings, normally covering special themes if you are interested, and there is a reduced evening entrance charge for these late nights at the Exotarium.
It’s good for kids!
Notice: due to constructions at the Zoo, there’s a bit of a detour walking through the Zoo to get to the Exotarium, but it’s no issue.