Three Venues to Choose From
100 – 150 guests
George R. Brown Conservation Education Center
100 – 300 guests
300 – 2000 guests
Need more space? Let us customize an entire zoo rental for your group!
View our map to see where in the Zoo each venue is located.
Picnic Time Slots
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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.
Houston Zoo Special Events
- 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
Picnic Menu Package Options
$31.95 per adult
$26.95 per child (under age 12)
Grilled hamburgers and all beef hotdogs with all the fixins: cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. Served with ranchero beans, kettle chips, and cookies.
$33.95 per adult
$28.95 per child (under age 12)
Citrus-marinated chicken breast and ancho-rubbed skirt steak fajitas paired with sauteed peppers and onions. Served with cilatro rice, refried beans, tortillas, and cookies for a sweet treat. Accompanied by shredded Monterey Jack cheese, pico de gallo, jalapeños, guacamole, and sour cream.
$40.95 per adult
$35.95 per child (under age 12)
Pulled pork and sausage (add smoked beef brisket for $6 additional per person.) Served with sliced Texas toast, coleslaw and ranchero beans, along with cookies for dessert. Condiments include BBQ sauce, onions, pickles, and jalapeños.
Check the Picnic Packages PDF below for the full list!
Pre-Filled Reusable Water Bottle – $6.95 per person
All-Day Drink Wristband – $6.95 per person
Grilled Boneless Chicken – $3.75 per person
Veggie Burgers – $3.75 per person
Popcorn – $2.75 per person
Fresh Fruit Salad Bowl – $2.75 per person
Watermelon slices – $2.75 per person
Fudge Brownies – $2.75 per person
Ice Cream Sandwiches & Assorted Ice Pops – $2.00 per item
Cotton Candy – $2.75 per cotton candy
Snow Cone Station – $3.00 per snow cone (snow cone station requires an attendant for $125)
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a minimum number of guests required?
A minimum guarantee of 100 guests is required for the picnic spaces. Ask us about other available space if your group is smaller than 100 or exceeds 2,000 guests.
What if I exceed 2000 guests?
Please inquire about the opportunity to rent the entire zoo for your private event!
How do I add additional seating?
Additional seating is available for an additional fee upon request.
How do I book a picnic?
A signed contract and a 50% deposit (which will be credited toward your final bill) must be received by the Special Events department in order to reserve a date.
When is my final guest count and payment due?
A final, guaranteed guest count must be provided at least 7 business days before the event. Your bill will be based on the final guarantee, and final payment is due 5 days prior to your event. Your final count allows us to prepare the proper amount of food and beverage for your guests. The menu cost per guest will increase by 50% for guest count increases after 7 business days.
Can I bring in an outside caterer?
All food and beverages are available through our on-site caterer only.
“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
“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 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