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Reserve the Entire Zoo

Rent the Zoo in
January - October

We’ve got room for the entire herd! Invite your group to take a walk on the wild side and explore the Houston Zoo after hours. This enchanting experience provides the rare opportunity to see the Zoo after the sun sets. Your party animals will enjoy unlimited spins on the Wildlife Carousel and a dining experience under 100 year old oak trees as sea lions bark and birds chirp. Reserve the entire Zoo for your next big company picnic, conference, reception, or convention and let the raving reviews roar in!

This wild reservation is available on select dates from January-October. Contact us today to reserve your date.

Your Reservation Includes

  • Private access to the Zoo for four hours, in the evening after the Zoo closes to the public
  • 1000 admission tickets for your event (additional tickets available for purchase)
  • Animal encounters and Meet The Keeper Talks
  • Access to four indoor animal viewing spaces: Kipp Aquarium, Natural Encounters Building, Reptile House and Bug House
  • Unlimited rides for three hours on the Wildlife Carousel
  • Animal habitats open until dusk for your guests to view
  • Optional upgrade: add the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park*
  • Additional entertainment options available*
  • Variety of meals, snacks and beverages available*

*Additional fees may apply

Rent the Zoo During Zoo Lights – November

Experience one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions before it opens to the public for the season! Reserve the entire Zoo for your next company holiday party or picnic, after it’s been transformed into a winter wonderland. Your guests will delight in sights and sounds of the season as they stroll through fifteen miles of eco-friendly LED lights and enchanting displays. Top the evening off with festive food and fare and this is an event that will be talked about for years to come.

This exclusive reservation is available on select dates in November. Contact us today to reserve your date.

Your Reservation Includes

  • Private access to Zoo Lights for four hours, in the evening after the Zoo closes to the public
  • 1000 admission tickets for your event (additional tickets available for purchase)
  • Animal encounters and Meet The Keeper Talks
  • Access to four indoor animal viewing spaces: Kipp Aquarium, Natural Encounters, Reptile House and the Bug House
  • Unlimited rides for three hours on the Wildlife Carousel
  • Lights and holiday displays glowing throughout the Zoo for your guests to explore and enjoy
  • Holiday crafts and entertainment options available*
  • Seasonal meals, treats and beverages available*

*Additional fees may apply

Catering Options

We provide extensive, full-service catering detailed to fit your specific party needs. By serving locally sourced and sustainable products, we have the capabilities and resources to make your celebration a truly unique event experience. An expanded menu is available upon request.

American Grill

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.

Texas Fajitas

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.

Smokehouse BBQ

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.

Event Enhancements

Want to ensure your guests have a roaring good time? Add on a few of these exciting experiences and extras to create an event like no other in town!

Event Enhancements (pdf)

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.

Contact Us – Inquiry Form

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

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