Zoo Boise is currently closed to the public. Per the City of Boise’s Staged Reopening of City Facilities and Services (https://www.cityofboise.org/media/9979/reopeningframework-facilitiesservices-final.pdf) announced on April 30, Zoo Boise will open with managed visitor flow and timed entry when Stage 4 is reached. No exact date is set at this time. Details will be announced in the coming weeks about new plans and guidelines for visiting the zoo when it is open.
All programs, camps, events and volunteer opportunities are cancelled or postponed through May 31.
For more information on the City of Boise’s COVID-19 plan, please click HERE.
Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back to Zoo Boise when we are able.
Looking for a wild place to host your next private party or corporate event? Look no further! Zoo Boise is available for private group rentals, after regular operating hours.
What better way to celebrate with family and friends or to thank your employees than to have Zoo Boise open for them after hours? Add great food and exciting activities and you are sure to have an event everyone remembers!
- Zoo Boise is available to rent year round, any day of the week, in the evenings from 5:30-9:00pm.
- Events at the zoo are held rain or shine, and are not refunded due to weather.
- Rental fees include admission to Zoo Boise for the evening, conservation fee, parking, and security.
- Zoo Boise’s preferred caterer, Taste of the Wild, is available for your catering and bar service needs. The catering manager can be reached at 208-608-7761 or by email. No outside caterers are permitted.
- Amenities may be included to add extra fun and excitement to your event. See list below for more details.
- Zoo Boise event facilities are shown by appointment only. If you would like to schedule a walk-through, or need further information, please contact the rental coordinator by calling 208-608-7744 or email.
- Evening Rental Price List
Summer Prices (May – September)
Group Size Weekend (Thurs-Sat) Weekday (Sun-Wed) 0-99 $1,125.00 $950.00 100-299 $2,500.00 $1,875.00 300-599 $3,125.00 $2,625.00 600-999 $3,875.00 $3,375.00 1,000-1,499 $4,500.00 $4,250.00
For groups of more than 1,500 please consult our event coordinator.
Shoulder Season Prices (April and October)
Events booked during these two months will end ½ past sunset times according to table https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/boise?month=9&year=2020.
Group Size Weekend Weekday 0-99 $950 $900 100-299 $1875 $1825 300-599 $2625 $2250 600-999 $3375 $2875 1,000-1,499 $4250 $3500
Winter Prices (November – March)
Events booked during this time will only have access to the Gorongosa National Park Exhibit. This exhibit has one indoor meeting space which will accommodate up to 100 guests. Outdoor area can accommodate up to 250 people. For groups larger than 250 please consult Event Coordinator.
Group Size Weekend Weekday 0-99 $800 $700 100-249 $1400 $1200
Evening rental prices include all attendees ages 0 and up. Annual passes may not be applied to rental fee.
All prices are subject to 6% Idaho Sales Tax. Tax exempt organizations must provide ST-101 to rental coordinator at time of reservation.
- Optional Amenities
Animal Presentation or Zookeeper Chat with Animal Enrichment: $150
Each of these lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Presentations are limited to animal availability, and specific animals cannot be guaranteed. Animals are from the education collection. Presentations are held in a designated location specified by zoo staff. Guests will have the opportunity to have up close interactions with the animals and zoo keepers.
Chats are held at animal exhibits. Zookeepers will give a talk on the chosen animal and answer any questions guests may have. An enrichment will be given to the animal for guests to observe. Specific animals may be requested but final approval is made by zoo staff
Butterflies in Bloom: $150 (available June 1st through Labor Day only)
You and your guests walk along a path inside the butterfly house as the butterflies fly around, and potentially land on you (This is not an interactive exhibit – guests are not allowed to touch the butterflies). Butterflies are less active in the evening, therefore this exhibit is only available until 7pm.
Conservation Cruise: $275 up to 299 people; $375 for 300+ people (available May through Oct only)
Unlimited rides for you and your guests on the Conservation Cruise. The cruise takes visitors across the lagoon to the African Plains. There are rotating animal exhibits only viewable from the boat. The boat holds up to 15 people and all children under 15 years old are required to wear provided life jackets.
Face Painting/Temporary Tattoos: $100
ZooTeen volunteers will paint faces and provide temporary tattoos for guests of all ages during your rental for up to three (3) hours.
Giraffe Encounter: $150
For one hour, you and your guests can feed our two giraffes, weather permitting.
At the Zoo Farm guests can pet our zoo animals through a fence and have the option to purchase farm food for $.25. There is no additional charge to have the Zoo Farm open for your event, however if must be booked in advance and will be for a two hour period from 5:30-7:30pm.
Zoo Boise Carousel: $275 – $375
Unlimited rides for you and your guests on the Zoo Boise carousel.
Cost: $275 up to 299 guests, $375 for 300+ guests.
Must be booked through Taste of the Wild Catering Company.
Sound System: $50
Use of zoo sound system for time allotted in rental agreement. May be used for public address or to play music during your event.
Cotton Candy & Pop Corn*:
See Catering Menu below.
* Cotton Candy and Pop Corn are booked/invoiced separately through the catering dept.
- Catering Menu
- Table & Chair Rentals
Zoo Boise has non-movable tables and chairs to accommodate 180 guests in our event plaza. Use of these items is included in your rental fee.
Should you require additional seating in the plaza, or if you decide to set up in another location, we also have a limited amount of tables and chairs available to rent.
Available items are:
5ft round tables (12) $7.00 each
6ft rectangle tables (8) $7.00 each
30in bistro tables (18) $8.00 each
Folding chairs (120) $1.00 each
Linens are available through Taste of the Wild Catering Company.
Any additional needs will be your responsibility to arrange through a rental company.
If your group or organization is interested in potentially renting Zoo Boise for an afterhours event, please complete this short questionnaire.
Once the questionnaire has been submitted, you will be notified as to whether or not your preferred date is available. If not, you will be given other options. When your date and amenities have been confirmed, a contract will be created for your review. Once agreement is in place, you will be invoiced. A 50% deposit is due at that time to secure your reservation. Remaining balance is due 5 business days prior to scheduled event.