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Social Events

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From cocktail parties to class reunions, have your party at the Houston Zoo – you can be sure your guests will be buzzing about your event long after the party ends. Enjoy everything from an unforgettable pool-side evening on our sea lion deck to a lush tropical rainforest setting with cascading waterfalls in our Natural Encounters building.


Venue Options

Explore the special event venues below. These spaces are ordered with your guest count in mind. Whichever you choose, the Special Events staff at the zoo will work with you to make your private event elegant and unique.

Reflection Pool - up to 2,500 guests

Masihara Pavilion - up to 1,200 guests

Karamu Outpost - up to 1,000 guests

Brown Education Center - up to 350 guests

Reptile House - up to 200 guests

Jaguar Habitat - up to 150 guests

Natural Encounters - up to 150 guests

Twiga Café - up to 150 guests

Kipp Aquarium - up to 80 guests

Sea Lions - up to 60 guests


Testimonials

“Our event went off perfectly…The personnel we worked with were very accommodating towards our requests and helped me ensure that we had a very fun day. The food and venue were good for our size group…We also got to feed the giraffes which was an awesome experience.”
- Cynthia Smith

“Recently hosted an event at the Houston Zoo’s Natural Encounters venue, very unique and intimate setting, and perfect for my group size. The food was terrific and the staff was great. Definitely would return!”
- Chris Barrett

“The Houston Zoo is the best place/venue to hold our fundraising events. The event coordination staff is phenomenal and very patient working with clients. We have all our fundraising events at the Houston Zoo!”
- Alex Urband, Epilepsy Foundation Texas

Catering

We provide extensive, full-service catering detailed to fit your specific party needs. Whether it’s a class reunion, an intimate dinner, or a stunning gala, we have the capabilities and resources to offer a truly unique social experience.

Daytime Menu

Evening Menu


Event Enhancements

If you’re looking to have the most unique special event in town, we’ve got plenty of exciting experiences and extras to ensure your guests have the best time. From animal experiences to beautiful décor, we can help you create the perfect party.

Animal Experience

Scavenger Hunt

Conservation Wristbands

Centerpieces

DJ and Bands

Upgraded Linens


Find Out More

Questions? Need Pricing? For more information, fill out our convenient form, and a Houston Zoo Special Events representative will contact you with all the answers.

Houston Zoo Special Events
713-533-6833
events@houstonzoo.org