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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.

Venues and Event Times

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

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 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

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


Picnic Package Options

American Grill $28.00 per adult/ $23.00 per child (under the age of 12)

Texas Fajitas $33.00 per adult/ $28.00 per child (under the age of 12)

Smokehouse Barbeque $37.00 per adult/ $31.00 per child (under the age of 12)

Picnic Packages

Picnic Enhancements

Animal Experience

Face Painter

Airbrush Tattoo Artist

Wildlife Carousel Tickets

Conservation Wristbands

Bounce House

Other Enhancements - Prices Upon Request

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