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Host an Event at the Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo provides an unforgettable setting for your special event – whether a wedding, corporate meeting or class reunion. Flexible in design and accommodating by function, the Zoo's event venues can be transformed to fit your unique vision. Whether your event is for ten people or 10,000 the Zoo's superior services, meticulous planning and attention to detail will make your event a memorable one.

Types of Events

  • Weddings

    We understand that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. We want to make the planning of your event as effortless for you as possible, all while providing the details that can make each event as unique as each couple.

  • Private Events

    The Zoo is the wildest event destination for anniversary celebrations, milestone birthday parties or class reunions. The generous amenities of our venues are suitable for any size event, and the iconic backdrop of animal habitats is sure to rekindle fond memories while creating new ones.

  • Corporate Meetings

    From business meetings and team-building experiences, to company picnics and holiday parties, every corporate event is a little more fun when held at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Rental Rates

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Venues

Capacity: Up to 280 guests for seated dinner, spanning the upper and lower rotunda; 500 guests for a cocktail reception

Availability: Seven days a week, 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Features: 9,000 square feet of event space within a two-level 65-foot rotunda, natural light from glass-domed ceiling, 346 seats in the Anheuser-Busch Theater and an outdoor patio leading out onto Zoo grounds.

Capacity: Up to 240 guests for seated dinner; 450 guests for a cocktail reception

Availability: Seven days a week, 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Features: Waterfront pavilion with covered patio, indoor and outdoor space, optimum moonlight reception space.

*Note: This venue is not available for during Boo at the Zoo or Wild Lights events

Capacity: Up to 168 guests for seated dinner; 180 guests for a cocktail reception

Availability: Seven days a week, day or evening

Features: The event space can be separated into three rooms, which can be booked separately. A private terrace runs the length of the building, and a dramatic window into the Missouri River Aquarium at one end affords a spectacular view of paddlefish, gar and many other aquatic creatures.

Capacity: Up to 264 guests for seated dinner; 400 guests for a cocktail reception

Availability: Seven days a week, day or evening, May through October

Features: Open-air tent, outdoor reception setting, generous amount of space to mingle and dance.

Capacity: 50

Availability: Evening availability only (after Zoo hours)

Features: This location is a quiet bend in the Zoo’s River’s Edge immersion exhibit and home to Nile hippos.

Capacity: 50

Availability: Evening availability only (after Zoo hours)

Features: An intimate setting located behind the Bird House on Historic Hill.

Capacity: 150

Availability: Evening availability only (after Zoo hours)

Features: Constructed in 1927, this beautiful and historic building is home to many of the Saint Louis Zoo's amphibians and reptiles.

Capacity: 75

Availability: Evening availability only (after Zoo hours)

Features: For an intimate ceremony, Marlin Perkins Plaza overlooks the meadow on Historic Hill, the oldest part of the Zoo.

Capacity: 250

Availability: Daytime and evening availability

Features: The Meadow on Historic Hill is a lush, grassy area. It's a beautiful backdrop to Marlin Perkins Plaza and is located in the oldest part of the Zoo.

Capacity: 75

Availability: Evening availability only (after Zoo hours)

Features: Host your event in an intimate setting where a statue of one of the Zoo's most beloved animals, Phil, resides.

Capacity: 200

Availability: Evening availability only (after Zoo hours)

Features: This outdoor setting with the grandiose Hermann Fountain fit with life-size sea lion statues, is the perfect backdrop for an event at the Zoo.

Capacity: 80

Availability: Evening availability only (after Zoo hours)

Features: Stingray Deck is a private, outdoor space overlooking one of the Zoo's many lakes.

Catering & Beverage Service

The Saint Louis Zoo has its own in-house catering team and executive chef. We offer a diverse array of menu options, as well as theme development including décor, entertainment and special touches that make your event truly outstanding. From boxed lunches to caviar to wedding plates, our staff of culinary experts will be available to assist you in the coordination of every palate-pleasing detail.

Click here to view our Catering Menu.

Animals & Attractions

Imagine having your guests see penguins, sea lions or stingrays at your special event! To make your event more impressive, how about taking a quick tour of the Zoo on the Emerson Zooline Railroad or a spin on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel? Your private event manager would be happy to discuss available options with you.

Rental Inquiry Form

Plan Your Event

To have a Saint Louis Zoo representative contact you about pricing, availability and the details of your event, call us at (314) 646-4855, email rentals@stlzoo.org or fill out the form below.