Warm temperatures and new, expanded hours helped the Akron Zoo break two records last weekend. The zoo broke its single-day attendance record when 6,658 visitors passed through the gates Saturday during Boo at the Zoo.
The event ran from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays this year instead of separate shortened afternoon and evening hours as in previous years.
The previous single-day attendance record was 6,304, set July 24, 2013, right after the opening of the Grizzly Ridge exhibit.
The zoo also set a record for its Boo at the Zoo event with 25,544 visitors during the six nights of the event. The previous Boo attendance record was 25,061 in 2010. Boo at the Zoo, which typically averages about 16,000 people per year, is one of the area’s largest trick-or-treating events.
The zoo passed out 118,044 treats this year. It included 12 themed treat stations for kids, who also can enjoy nonscary Halloween decorations and the zoo’s 700 animals.
From November to April, the zoo is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.