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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.

Three Venues to Choose From

Karamu Outpost
100 – 500 guests

Masihara Pavilion
500 – 2000 guests

Brown Education Center (available September – May)
100 – 300 guests

Picnic Time Slots

10:30 – 1:30
2:30 – 5:30

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 Pepsi soft drinks and water
  • One and a half hour buffet-style food service
  • Compostable utensils and serveware


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a minimum of guests required?
What if I exceed 2000 guests?
How do I add additional seating?
How do I book a picnic?
When is the final guest count and payment due?
Can I bring in an outside caterer?


“Our event was awesome. The zoo is centrally located for all our employees, there are unlimited options and activities, and the staff is very professional and accommodating.”
– Dawn Allen, Burns and McDonnell

“After attending our corporate family picnic at the zoo, I was not sure I could do as good of a job at planning, managing or pulling is off all together. But with the help of your incredibly amazing staff it went great! I knew my event would be nice but my expectations were exceeded because of all the help I had from the Houston Zoo staff. Thank you once again for everything; it truly was a very memorable experience for the whole family.”
– Allyssa Dixon, Balfour Beatty Construction

“The Houston Zoo was a fabulous place to host a company picnic. The adults had just as much fun as the kids. We will definitely be back!”
– Angel Penate, Quanex

Venue Photos

Picnic Package Options

American Grill $29.95 per adult/ $24.95 per child
(under the age of 12)
Texas Fajitas $33.95 per adult/ $28.95 per child
(under the age of 12)
Smokehouse BBQ $35.95 per adult/ $30.95 per child (under the age of 12)

Review the menus, enhancements prices and policies on our Picnic Packages PDF:
Picnic Packages

Picnic Enhancements

Animal Experience
Face Painter
Airbrush Tattoo Artist
Wildlife Carousel Tickets
Conservation Wristbands
Bounce House
Other Enhancements - Prices Upon Request
Additional Menu Options

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