Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are no longer accepting new reservations for group business such as Birthday Parties, Meetings, Picnics, Corporate Events, Weddings and Other Social Events. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please check back periodically for information regarding the resumption of these group events.

Please note, that if your event is currently scheduled, we will be in contact with all existing business. Questions? Please contact 952-431-9200.

Say “I do at the Minnesota Zoo” and enjoy lush grounds and exotic settings on your big day! For your reception, choose from our spectacular marine setting, Discovery Bay, showcasing Hawaiian monk seals, sharks, fish and even a living coral reef. Or, opt for our more traditional venue, Call of the Wild with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the main lake. You may also add the breath-taking, indoor Tropics for a beautiful ceremony and/or social hour. Host your receiving line along our Tropics Trail where you can view unique mammals, birds and fish in their natural habitats. The Minnesota Zoo is sure to provide memories and stunning photos for you and your guests.

Ceremony and Reception Options
Options Rates Capacity
Tropics Ceremony/
Call of the Wild Reception
$2,700 Room Rental
Ceremony Fee: $250
Food & Beverage Min Applies*
Ceremony – 150 people
Reception – 275 people
Tropics Ceremony/
Discovery Bay Reception
$3,500 Room Rental
Ceremony Fee: $250
Food & Beverage Min Applies*
Ceremony – 150 people
Reception – 240 people
Discovery Bay Reception Only $2,200 Room Rental
Food & Beverage Min Applies*
Reception – 240 people

*Food & Beverage Minimum applies- Please contact your Zoo or Lancer Catering Representative for details

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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?