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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 – 150 guests

George R. Brown Conservation Education Center
100 – 300 guests

Masihara Pavilion
300 – 2000 guests

Need more space? Let us customize an entire zoo rental for your group.

Picnic Venue Map
View our map to see precisely where in the Zoo each event venue is located.

Picnic Time Slots

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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 150 in a covered area (additional seating available at extra cost)
  • Two hour beverage service featuring Coca-Cola soft drinks and water
  • One and a half hour buffet-style food service
  • Compostable utensils and serveware

Find Out More

Questions? Ready to book your picnic? Fill out our convenient form, and a Houston Zoo Special Events representative will contact you with all the answers.

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

“We hosted our 14th annual family reunion cookout at the Zoo. We had the Texas style BBQ. The food was amazing! The staff and service were kind and friendly and very helpful from beginning to end. I would without hesitation host an event here again!”
– Jaqueline Camphor

“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

Venue Photos

Picnic Package Options

American Grill $31.95 per adult/ $26.95 per child
(under the age of 12)
Texas Fajitas $33.95 per adult/ $28.95 per child
(under the age of 12)
Smokehouse BBQ $40.95 per adult/ $35.95 per child (under the age of 12)
All-Day Drink Wristband $6.95 per person
Pre-Filled Reusable Water Bottle $6.95 per person
Additional Menu Options

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

Picnic Enhancements

Animal Ambassador Presentation
Face Painter
Airbrush Tattoo Artist
Wildlife Carousel Tickets
Souvenir Conservation Wristbands
Bounce House
Additional Entertainment
Enrichment Roundup
Action For Apes
Party Favors

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