Knowledge of the animal kingdom is extremely important when harvesting honey or charming a serpent into relinquishing its bank account routing number. Keep tabs on Mother Nature with today's Groupon: for $40, you get one ticket to the Beast of a Feast annual fundraiser at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown on Saturday, June 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (a $75 value).
Elmwood Park Zoo's menagerie of bison, alligators, timber wolves, and other fauna serves as a living backdrop for Beast of a Feast's unbridled festivities, which are stoked by a wide range of food and beverages. Graze on cuisine as diverse as Fraggle Rock's ecosystem and served by area vendors such as Cabot Creamery, Bones Grille, and Panera Bread at the party's many ports of call. A handful of open bars fuels safaris, with suds crafted by Victory and Magic Hat breweries, and UV Vodka, as guests enjoy the sonic exploits of a live DJ and dabble in a variety of casino games.
Explore the well-groomed grounds serving as home to more than 300 critters, including a bald eagle and a variety of rare and endangered species available for viewing until 8 p.m. Proceeds from Beast of a Feast support the continued upkeep of the zoo, which aims to provide wildlife education and reform for picnic-basket-borrowing bears.
Elmwood Park Zoo
It all started with a farmer's generosity. In 1924, a civic-minded citizen handed over 16 acres of lush farmland and a small group of critters to the Borough of Norristown. Today, the Elmwood Park Zoo welcomes guests in hopes of creating a future stock of wildlife lovers and conservation advocates. A menagerie of exotic animals from all over the globe - including jaguars, howler monkeys, gray wolves, and bald eagles - peer back at visitors. Guests can also spy on more than 15 species that are threatened or endangered.
1661 Harding Blvd.
Norristown, Pennsylvania 19401Get Directions