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C.W. & Modene Neely Education & Event Center
Located hilltop adjacent to the Zoo’s Tropics Trail, this versatile indoor climate-controlled facility provides a unique and modern setting for everything from business meetings to weddings. The main indoor hall can be divided into three separate rooms for smaller functions. The beautiful outdoor patio, overlooking the main lake and Gibbon Island, is included for evening rentals.
Capacity: 240 seated, 400 indoor reception, 600 indoor & outdoor reception
Surround yourself with the beauty of Arizona. This private venue in the middle of the Zoo’s Arizona Trail is a great fit for daytime or evening events. Dine amongst the native Arizona vegetation and then wander the trail to meet some of its animal residents.
This desert oasis is a Bedouin-style campsite nestled at the base of the Bighorn Buttes, including five permanent tent structures surrounding an open event space and central fire pit. Desert Tents is a unique escape, day or night.
Capacity: 300 reception, 120 seated
Forest of Uco
Surround your guests with the ambiance of a small Colombian mountain village right here in Phoenix. Fiesta in the cobblestone street under special Portofino lighting for a true south-of-the-border feel.
Capacity: 300 reception, 120 seated
This park-like lakeside area offers stunning views of the Zoo’s main lake and its island residents. Consisting of several brick patios along the sidewalk that combine for a larger area.
Capacity: 100 cocktail reception
Located in the center of the Zoo, this venue provides a peaceful view of the main lake. Under the canopy tent is a great location for your fun-packed picnic or an elegant evening gala
Capacity: 300 picnic, 800 seated, 5,000 reception
This indoor climate-controlled room is set in the center of the Zoo’s breathtaking orangutan experience, Orang-Hutan: “People of the Forest.” With large windows looking into the exhibit and beautifully landscaped outdoor gardens, this unique location is unmatched by any other venue in the Valley.
Capacity: 200 reception, 100 seated
Plaza de los Niños
An enchanting outdoor site offering flexibility and privacy while overlooking the Nina Mason Pulliam Children’s Trail lake.
Capacity: 180 permanent picnic, 300 seated, 1,000 reception
Host your event at the Phoenix Bakery and take a step back in time. Once located in downtown Phoenix, the original bakery has been reconstructed and authentically decorated to provide guests with a historically-themed venue option. Nestled between the collared peccary and coyote exhibits, this one-of-a-kind venue offers guests an indoor/outdoor experience featuring a lighted courtyard and unparalleled ambiance.
Capacity: 200 reception, 80 seated (40 indoor & 40 outdoor)
Built in 1935, Ruby’s House is a charming piece of Zoo history, dedicated to Ruby, the Zoo’s famous painting elephant. This quaint, garden cottage boasts spectacular sunset views and is ideal for wedding ceremonies, smaller receptions and other intimate events.
Capacity: 50 reception, 60 seated, 160 ceremony
Stone House Pavilion
Stone House Pavilion is an upscale indoor meeting and banquet facility that features an outdoor covered terrace. This popular venue is an excellent setting for corporate gatherings, dinners, wedding receptions and more.
Capacity: 550 reception, 300 seated
This private picnic location sits just off the Tropics Trail. With a shaded seating area offering a front row view of Gibbon Island, lush tropical plants and an exotic bird aviary.
Capacity: 100 reception, 42 seated (picnic)