Mingle with the Macaronis

(Gentoos, Rockhoppers and Kings, too!)

Mingle with the Macaronis experiences are sold out for the season.

Do you want to know how penguins stay warm, eat and play while living in their icy cold habitat? Get up close and personal with them at the Zoo! Under the guidance and supervision of a zookeeper, you will interact with these charming birds in their habitat. Your visit will last approximately two hours and include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Once inside, you’ll meet some of the 80-plus penguins. Many photo opportunities will be available as you hand-feed the gentoo, rockhopper and macaroni penguins.  View frequently asked questions here.

  • Mingles are conducted from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Mingles cannot be scheduled during breeding (March 15 – May 31) or molting season (August 15 – September 30)
  • Groups limited to six participants
  • Children must be 7 or older and accompanied by an adult
  • Cost is $1,000.00 per group
  • Fair market value: $150
  • Frequently asked questions

Mingle with the Macaronis experiences are sold out for the season.

Do you want to know how penguins stay warm, eat and play while living in their icy cold habitat? Get up close and personal with them at the Zoo! Under the guidance and supervision of a zookeeper, you will interact with these charming birds in their habitat. Your visit will last approximately two hours and include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Once inside, you’ll meet some of the 80-plus penguins. Many photo opportunities will be available as you hand-feed the gentoo, rockhopper and macaroni penguins.  View frequently asked questions here.

  • Mingles are conducted from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Mingles cannot be scheduled during breeding (March 15 – May 31) or molting season (August 15 – September 30)
  • Groups limited to six participants
  • Children must be 7 or older and accompanied by an adult
  • Cost is $1,000.00 per group
  • Fair market value: $150
  • Frequently asked questions

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