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Every day the Houston Zoo manages a herd of 6,000 exotic animal species—so just imagine what we can do for your 100 to 2000 employees! We can help make your next company picnic a memorable, fun, and unique experience.

We have multiple picnic spaces available; maximum capacity is 2000. If your herd exceeds this space, let us customize an entire zoo rental or discuss additional space.

You can choose from three different picnic packages: American Grill, Texas Fajitas, or Smokehouse BBQ, as well as add on additional snacks and desserts. Beer, wine, and bar pricing is also available.

Picnic Packages

Prices include

  • Admission to the zoo
  • Use of picnic area for 3 hours, with a choice of two seating times(10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
  • Seating for 200 in a covered area (additional seating available at extra cost)
  • Two hour beverage service featuring soft drinks and water
  • One and a half hour buffet-style food service


Terms & Conditions

  • A minimum guarantee of 100 guests is required for the picnic spaces. Ask us about other available space if your group is smaller than 100 or exceeds 2,000 guests.
  • Additional seating is available for an additional fee upon request.
  • A signed contract and a 50% deposit (which will be credited toward your final bill) must be received by the Special Events Department in order to reserve a date. A final, guaranteed guest count must be provided at least 7 business days before the event. Your bill will be based on the final guarantee, and final payment is due 5 days prior to your event. Your final count allows us to prepare the proper amount of food and beverage for your guests.
  • All food and beverages are available through our on-site caterer only.


“The staff at the Houston Zoo went out of their way to make certain every detail of our event was handled to our satisfaction. The food was outstanding, the service was exceptional, the exhibits were beautiful and exciting, and the event was memorable to all who attended.”
-Claire Frazier, St. Luke’s Day School

“Working with the Zoo to plan an event is extremely convenient and stress free; they really do take care of everything.”
-Mindy Rueda, Landtech Consultants, Inc.

“Having our company picnic at the Houston Zoo was the best choice we could have made! Everyone had a fantastic time, and the level of customer service we received before, during, and after our event was outstanding.”
-Nicole Nesson, Triple Point Technology

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