The Minnesota Zoo’s lush grounds and exotic setting offer a unique backdrop for your special occasion. We are happy to host your reception only or add your ceremony on so you can celebrate event. The Zoo features a number of distinctive and private locations so that you will experience the highest of quality amenities for your special occasion.

Ceremony and Reception Options
Options Rates Capacity
Tropics Ceremony/ Call of the Wild Reception $2,700 Room Rental/$5,800 F&B
Ceremony Fee: $250
Ceremony – 150 people
Reception – 275 people
Discovery Bay Reception Only $2,200 Room Rental/ $4,800 F&B Reception – 240 people
Tropics Ceremony/ Discovery Bay Reception $3,500 Room Rental/ $6,000 F&B
Ceremony Fee: $250
Ceremony – 150 people
Reception – 240 people


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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of entertainment does the Zoo allow?
Can we bring in our own caterer?
Is there a food and beverage minimum?
Do we have to use Lancer's preferred bakery, Buttercream?
Are there decorating parameters?
Can we have alcohol?
Is there a security charge?
What parts of the Zoo can we see during our event?
Does it smell like a zoo?
How far in advance can we reserve one of your facilities?
What is your deposit policy?
Can ceremonies be held at the Zoo?
Do you have audio/ visual equipment on-site that we can use?