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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 $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
1,000-1,499  $4,750.00  $4,500.00

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

Shoulder Season Prices (April and October)*

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
1,000-1,499  $4,500.00  $3,750.00

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

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. For groups larger than 250 please consult our event coordinator.

Group Size Weekend (Thurs-Sat) Weekday (Sun-Wed)
0-99 $1,000 $900
100-249 $1,600 $1,400

*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.

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.

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.

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 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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