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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?


“The entire experience from planning to execution was such a a pleasure. We had so much fun the day of the event. I truly believe this is because the expert planning and organization provided by Zoo staff. Our favorite part was the animal experience. Your volunteers were amazing and so knowledgeable. They also showed tremendous patience with all of our little ones! Also, the face painter was so amazing!”
– Michelle Thompson, Balfour Beatty Construction

“Our company enjoyed having our family picnic at the Houston Zoo! Our staff and their families had such a great experience. The Houston Zoo staff was amazing throughout the planning process, as well as the day of coordination. We will definitely be returning for future events, and I would highly recommend it to others for a great event!”
– Natalie Mitchell, Surge Energy

“The Houston Zoo is the ideal place for our company picnic. It is centrally located with an abundance of activities for all-day fun. The staff and event coordinators are professional, courteous, and helpful. I am 110% satisfied!”
– Claire Groff, Burns and McDonnell

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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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