Plan an Event

Have a Wild Time

Looking for an exotic venue for your next event or function? From weddings, to corporate zoo rentals and company picnics, the Ross Park Zoo offers some wild options for your special event! Amenities at Ross Park include the Ross Park Amphitheater and pavilions, ample parking, and so much more. To start planning your event today, contact us or call (607) 724-5461 x 502.

Event Spaces

Ross Park Pavilions

Rent the Ross Park Pavilions for your next party, reunion, or get-together! Full payment is due at time of booking. Call (607) 724-5461 ext. 502 to reserve today! Pavilion ammenities include the following:

  • Full coverage roof
  • Picnic tables
  • Charcoal grills
  • Electricity
  • Water spigot
  • Trash cans

Ross Park Amphitheater

Rent the Ross Park Amphitheater for your performance, lecture, or wedding! Full payment is due at time of booking. Call (607) 724-5461 ext. 502 to reserve today! 

Amphitheater Ammenities:

  • Outdoor seating for up to 300 (uncovered)
  • Semi-covered performance area

Education Center (Currently unavailable for rentals)

The Ross Park Zoo’s Education Center is perfect for small community meetings, day-of wedding preparations at the zoo, and more. Tables and chairs are available for your use. The space includes a private bathroom, refrigerator, and freezer. 


If rental is canceled within one week of the event, 100% refund will be issued. 

If rental is canceled within 24 hours of the event, 50% refund will be issued. 


Full day: 8am to 8pm (or sunset, whichever is earlier)

Half day: 8am-1pm or 2pm-8pm (or sunset, whichever is earlier)

Venue Capacity Half Day Full Day
Small Pavilion 90 $125 $200
Large Pavilion 210 $175 $300
Both Pavilions 300 $275 $450
Amphitheater 300 $225 $400

Say “I do” at the Zoo

What better way to celebrate the biggest day of your life than saying “I do” at the most unique venue in town? The Ross Park Zoo offers a wild alternative to the traditional wedding setting, and provides a variety of options to celebrate your special day. Have your ceremony at the Ross Park Amphitheater, followed by your reception under the Ross Park pavilions. Our Education Center serves as the perfect location for day-of wedding preparations. Go wild and include zoo passes for a reduced admission rate, or have the zoo to yourselves with a complete zoo rental. Interactive ZooMobile presentations with our ambassador animals are available to really wow your guests during your reception. Don’t forget wedding photos! The Ross Park Zoo and its botanical gardens offers so many unique backdrops for you and your photographer to work with.

• Ceremonies and receptions
• Receptions only
• Convenient and ample parking options

Corporate Events/Private Rentals

Rent the Ross Park Zoo

Base price of $1,100.00 includes the following.

• Private zoo rental from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
• Rental fee includes admission for up to 250 people
• Additional admissions are $6.00 per person, for groups larger than 250 please contact us to discuss your needs
• All animal exhibits remain open until 6:00 pm
• Both Ross Park pavilions are open for your use from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm
• There will be an event staff member available to assist your guests from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
• Trash removal is included in your rental

Additional Options

• Habitat spotlights (starting at $100.00)
• Leopard’s Spot Concession Stand and Zoovenir’s Gift Shop open during rental (starting at $100.00)

Picnics and Community Meetings

Planning a family reunion, company picnic, or community meeting? Include the Ross Park Zoo in your plans! The Ross Park pavilions offer options for small and large groups, plus easy access for catering.