Our Event Venues

Our Event Venues

By Day

The Venetian Plaza on the Marco Polo Trail
This truly immersive locale will have your guests feeling like they're worlds away from the norm! Originally designed as the entrance portal to the Marco Polo Trail, the Venetian Plaza is a completely recreated outdoor scene from medieval Italy. This venue is available at any time of day or in the evening and can accomodate up to 80 guests, depending on seating arrangements.


picnic pavilionThe Picnic Pavilion
Perfect for accommodating a larger number of guests, the tented Picnic Pavilion is located in the upper Zoo and offers a large and yet out-of-the-way place to party that's still a stone's throw from some of our most popular exhibits. This venue is available at any time of day or in the evening, and can accomodate up to 250 guests/150 under the tent.



The Meller-Danforth Education Center
Our Education Center is a great place for corporate meetings. The perfect place to get away from the ordinary and "think outside the box," the Center offers a large "in-the-round" sky-lighted meeting space that can also be converted into three separate rooms. A/V equipment, podium and other amenities are provided. This venue is available any time of day or in the evening and can accomodate up to 100 guests.


By Night

Jambo JunctionLower Zoo
Located among our Fabric of Africa exhibits and directly adjacent to the elephants and giraffes, our recently refurbished Jambo Junction offers seating overlooking our wetlands lake. This venue is available after the Zoo closes to the public and can accomodate up to 350 seated guests/2,000 standing.



The Upper Zoo
Your medium size group of up to 2,000 people will enjoy the charming atmosphere of the entire upper Zoo. This facility includes the Venetian Plaza, the Menagerie Patio, the Wilderness Plaza, the Mellor-Danforth Education Center and the Picnic Pavilion. Available after the Zoo closes.


The Entire Zoo!
If you're planning a large evening event and want to treat your guests to an exclusive experience, you can rent the entire Zoo, staffed and with all available animals on exhibit! Capacity is up to 5,000 guests. Available after the Zoo closes.