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Wedding Receptions


Looking for a stunning backdrop to your special day? The Houston Zoo has countless options to make your wedding reception memorable, fun, and unique for you and your guests. We have both indoor and outdoor venues to accommodate a wide range of party sizes.

Venue Options

Explore the wedding reception 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.

New Venues at Gorillas

Three new venues are available for your private event beginning in the summer of 2015, within our brand new Gorillas habitat area. Make your reservation today and reserve your chosen space.

The Arrival Building – up to 60 guests
The Robert & Janice McNair Foundation Great Ape Gallery – up to 60 guests

Choose from our Many Venue Options

The Onstead Foundation Chimpanzee Habitat - up to 60 guests
Sea Lions - up to 60 guests
Herbert A. & Elizabeth N. Kipp Memorial Aquarium -
up to 60 guests
Twiga Café - up to 90 guests
The Carruth Natural Encounters Building - up to 100 guests
Reptile House - up to 100 guests
Jaguar Habitat - up to 120 guests
The Brown Education Center - up to 150 guests
Karamu Outpost - up to 200 guests
Masihara Pavilion - up to 400 guests
Reflection Pool - up to 500 guests


“ The Houston Zoo was an amazing place to hold our wedding…we enjoyed every minute! The Zoo staff was great to work with and everything was absolutely beautiful for our big day!”
– Lindsey Mathews

“ We are still getting compliments about our wedding held at the Zoo. It was such a unique way to celebrate the start of our lives together…I’d highly recommend having your next event at their facility. Very fun and unique!”
– Megan Stasio


We provide extensive, full-service catering detailed to fit your specific reception needs. We offer a variety of delectable catering packages to compete your special day and have the capabilities and resources to offer a truly unique experience.

Wedding Reception Menu

Reception Enhancements

If you’re looking to have the most unique wedding reception 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 reception.

Animal Experience
DJ and Bands
Upgraded Linens
Decorative Lighting

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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