When you want an event to make an impression, you can’t beat the natural ambiance of the Fort Worth Zoo. With lush trails and six unique venues ranging from intimate 75- to large 3,000-person spaces, the Zoo is the perfect backdrop for birthday parties, socials, bar/bat mitzvahs, quinceañeras, weddings, corporate gatherings, holiday events and fundraisers.
Most settings feature unexpected views of habitats and can include close-up animal encounters for a truly memorable experience. Whether you want an intimate gathering or a large affair, the Fort Worth Zoo offers premium amenities and unique spaces designed for all types of occasions. Make your next event unforgettable at the Fort Worth Zoo.
The Reserve, the Zoo’s events pavilion nestled in the African Savanna, can be customized for galas, events or fundraisers. Whether you’re hosting a summer luau or holiday-themed party, this tented, outdoor venue is available for daytime or evening rental. With chilled air piped in during warmer seasons, and tent sides and heaters available for winter events, the pavilion becomes a year-round destination. The Reserve overlooks the 10-acre expanse of the African Savanna exhibit, home to our giraffes, hippos and rhinos, to name a few.
This distinctive room-in-the-round is an upscale option for everything from cocktail parties to seated dinners. Walls lined with bamboo are surrounded by paintings of the African savanna from internationally acclaimed wildlife artist Wilhelm Kuhnert. This beautiful room opens to the natural ambience of the Fort Worth Zoo on the gallery’s tree-shaded deck.
This incredible exhibit is also an amazing venue perfect for evening events. Guests can ride the Yellow Rose Express train straight into an old Texas Town, complete with a carousel and petting yard. Classic offerings such as an ice cream parlor, general store and candy shop can be added to the festivities. Plus, you may choose to put amazing creatures like black bears, otters and jaguars on your guest list.
The Bluebonnet Cafe is a unique and versatile space for evening catered events such as galas, fundraisers, holiday parties and more. Surrounding the cafe, a large deck provides ample space for guests to mingle under the canopy of trees after they arrive in style on the Yellow Rose Express train.
Located in the center of the Zoo, Picnic Outpost is a great choice for casual gatherings and parties. It’s available for daytime rental and offers an inviting open-air environment where guests can have a great time. Sitting near Waterfowl Walk and just beyond Raptor Canyon, Picnic Outpost allows for enough chirps, quacks, peeps and squawks to create a natural soundtrack.
For a walk on the wilder side, book your next evening get together at our Crocodile Cafe and MOLA Gardens. This lush, green environment lets your guests live it up as critically endangered crocodiles, colorful turtles and a variety of exotic fish species look in on the real party animals.