Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Explore a Nighttime Zoo, Singapore
Nighttime Adventure: Touted as the “world’s first wildlife park built for visits at night,” Night Safari is a Singapore zoo open each day from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Star Qualities: As evening fades to dark, the nocturnal animals at this nighttime-only zoo stir awake and start to prowl. More than 1 million people tour the zoo’s exhibits each year—accessible by walking trails or a sit-down tram car—to see Asian deer, jackals, sloths, hyenas, blue sheep from Tibet, and more than 100 other night-loving species.
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Take a Jungle Night Hike, Belize
Nighttime Adventure: At Black Rock Lodge, an eco-resort in the Cayo District of Belize, guides lead two-hour, after-dark hikes in search of creatures that only come out at night.
Star Qualities: Armed with a spotlight—plus years of local knowledge from growing up in the jungle—guides at Black Rock lead guests along the banks of the rushing Macal River and into a surrounding jungle wilderness. Common sights include howler monkeys and snakes, tarantulas, tapirs, and leaf-cutter ants tromping in long lines. Jaguars also roam the jungle—an elusive night target whose potential presence keeps hikers on edge.
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See the Northern Lights, Yukon
Nighttime Adventure: Head north—as in, Yukon Territory north—to see the aurora borealis swirling through the icy sky at night.
Star Qualities: Yukon-based outfitters like Kanoe People Ltd. offer overnight aurora borealis trips outside the remote town of Whitehorse, where one of nature’s most mysterious acts swirls on the night sky’s canvas. Expect waterfalls of green and white during this psychedelic show, where particles in the ionosphere collide with charged atoms in the Earth’s magnetosphere. Kanoe People trips, available late autumn through early spring, include an optimal vantage on Lake Laberge and a hill with a 280-degree view of the bottomless northern night.
Take a 4WD Nighttime Safari, Australia
Nighttime Adventure: Motor into the Australian dusk in and around Grampians National Park, west of Melbourne via 4WD vehicle to search for nocturnal residents by naked eye and with a spotting beam.
Star Qualities: Using spotlights that have filters (to reduce the impact on the animals’ behavior), guides booked through responsibletravel.com bring travelers on a nighttime safari to seek the park’s more than 40 species of mammals. Emus, owls, kangaroos, possums, echidnas, and wallabies are all potential sightings.
Ski Under the Stars, Quebec
Nighttime Adventure: Boasting some of the highest vertical for night skiing in North America, Quebec’s Mount-Sainte-Anne lights up nine miles of trails and keeps its lifts open into the evening all winter long for schussing under the stars.
Star Qualities: Ski a summit-to-base run after dark at this resort, 180 miles northeast of Montreal, where more than 2,000 feet of vertical drop means serious skiing even after the sun sets. In total, 17 trails are lit up each night, all served by a cozy nighttime gondola that hums to a starry summit.
Go All-Night Mountain Biking, Utah
Nighttime Adventure: Take on some of the country’s toughest trails after dark; arrange private three- to four-hour nighttime mountain biking trips year-round with Rim Tours. Or try the 24 Hours of Moab Race—an all-day/all-night mountain biking race in Moab, Utah—puts nocturnal riders on some of the country’s toughest trails.
Star Qualities: Flick on your handlebar-mounted bike light and pedal off after dusk on slickrock trails that rollercoaster through the desert over Moab, in east-central Utah. This year’s event, on October 10 and 11, serves as a season finale for a series of 24-hour mountain biking races that take place from Wisconsin to California.
Go Night Orienteering, Minnesota
Nighttime Adventure: As the after-dark discipline of an old Nordic sport, night orienteering allows only a map and compass as your guide, en route to finding checkpoint flags hidden in dark woods.
Star Qualities: At meets organized by groups like the Minnesota Orienteering Club, based in Minneapolis, competitors run alone into the nighttime woods with only a headlamp illuminating the way. A spinning compass needle and topographical detail on a page provide scant context to keep competitors on track while searching for flags—and, of course, from getting lost in the dark forest.
Attend a Full Moon Party, Thailand
Nighttime Adventure: Socialize, dance, drink, and rave on the beaches in Koh Phangan, a tropical Thai island, where the once-a-month Full Moon Party features an international crowd of party animals.
Star Qualities: Thousands of travelers and international partiers converge on the beaches of Koh Phangan every month on the night of the full moon. The immense, all-night-long event includes bands, performances, food, drink, and all forms of unfettered bacchanalia, from first dark until the sun rises again over tropical Pacific waters.
Nighttime Adventure: Currently in revival around North America, this classic outdoors game includes large teams competing for a flag hidden in an immense field.
Star Qualities: Dash behind “enemy lines” in search of a hidden flag during a game of Capture the Flag. Teams may include hundreds of players, who sneak around all night long in city centers and on college campuses. Ad hoc urban games in Toronto and New York have been organized on the Internet in recent years.