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Weddings at the Zoo

Nestled within Julia Davis Park and downtown Boise, Zoo Boise offers a unique and exotic venue for your wedding. Your guests will be in awe at Zoo Boise’s natural setting, amazing onsite catering, and the personal service you’ll receive by our event staff. With one-of-a-kind exclusive animal and photo experiences at an affordable price, Zoo Boise is the perfect venue for your special day.

Photo and featured image (cropped to fit) by Jahni Lynn Photography – www.jahnilynnphoto.com

A Zoo Boise wedding isn’t just beautiful, unique, and fun, but it helps to protect wildlife all over the world. Since 2007, Zoo Boise has generated almost $3 million to protect wildlife in Idaho and all over the world. Click HERE to learn more about our revolutionary conservation programs.

Wedding Venue Cost

Summer Prices (May-September)*

Group Size  Weekend (Thurs-Sat)  Weekday (Sun-Wed)
0-99  $1,375.00  $1,200.00
100-299  $2,750.00  $2,125.00
300-599  $3,375.00  $2,875.00
600-999  $4,125.00  $3,625.00
1,000-1,500  $4,750.00  $4,500.00

For groups of more than 1,500 please consult our event coordinator.

Winter Prices (October-April)*

Group Size Weekend (Thurs-Sat) Weekday (Sun-Wed)
0-99  $1,200.00  $1,200.00
100-299  $2,125.00  $2,075.00
300-599  $2,875.00  $2,500.00
600-999  $3,625.00  $3,125.00
1,000-1,500  $4,500.00  $3,750.00

For groups of more than 1,500 please consult our event coordinator.

*Wedding package includes: extended rental time, private bridal tent, and a cheese board with champagne or sparkling cider (when catering is included).

Wedding venue prices include all attendees ages 0 and up. Annual passes may not be applied to rental fee. All afterhour private events begin at 5:30pm and end at 10:00pm May – August. Events in September – April end according to sunset times.

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.

Zoo Farm

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.

Amplified Sound Permit: $50

Must follow City of Boise and Zoo Boise amplified sound protocols. At the discretion of zoo staff, the volume will be turned down, or the sound stopped altogether if any animal becomes stressed due to the noise. Sound permit is not required, but does insure no interruptions from other sources within Julia Davis Park.

Cotton Candy & Pop Corn*:

See Catering Menu below.

* Cotton Candy and Pop Corn are booked/invoiced separately through the catering dept.

Catering Menu

Photo by Jahni Lynn Photography – www.jahnilynnphoto.com

Taste of the Wild Catering provides excellent service and quality culinary creations. We engage our guests in a socially valuable experience through our partnership with Zoo Boise.

Taste of the Wild Catering Menu

If you have any questions, please send us an EMAIL.

If you are interested in possibly having your wedding at Zoo Boise 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.

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