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Doing good never felt so good

When you plan your next event at Elmwood Park Zoo, not only do you treat your guests to a highly interactive experience at the most unique event venue in the Greater Philadelphia area, but you also support an important nonprofit organization. Our facilities are ideal for weddings, corporate events, family gatherings, fundraisers, bar and bat mitzvahs, and more! The zoo is centrally located in Montgomery County and is easily accessible to guests from Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties. Create a unique and lasting experience by adding animal feedings, face painting, animal encounters and more to your special event.

fairytale weddings

The Wildest Wedding Venue in Pennsylvania

From intimate affairs with your closest loved ones, to all-out bashes with every far-flung friend and relative, Elmwood Park Zoo is your choice for the most unique and exciting wedding venue. Start with exchanging your vows from the deck overlooking our bald eagle canyon, or in front the large doors of our rustic red barn. After the “I Do’s” are exchanged, enjoy a private feeding with the zoo’s giraffes. Then bring the party inside to our beautiful Canopy Gardens Hall for a memorable reception. Whatever you choose, our expert staff will work with you to create an experience that you will cherish for a lifetime. 

Corporate Retreats

Elmwood Park Zoo is the Philadelphia area’s largest corporate retreat destination, with up to 16 acres available for groups to roam and enjoy. Organize your next team building activity, business meeting, or company picnic with help from our expert planning team. With multiple indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, your employees will enjoy connecting through highly interactive shared experiences.


Create a delicious menu for your guests with help from our team at Savory Safari. Options include sit down dinners, buffet-style luncheons, and everything in-between. 

*Please note: Outside caterers are not permitted

Food and refreshments provided by EPZ are not guaranteed to be allergy-friendly. If you have specific allergy needs, please make an event staff member aware by contacting


canopy gardens

Our beautiful premier indoor event space can seat up to 150 guests, complete with a dance floor and room for catering services. The space features a full stone accent wall, along with wood-accented flooring and ceilings, making for an elegant lodge-like feel. It also has retractable, floor-to-ceiling glass doors along the garden side of the pavilion, giving the option of open access to the adjacent patio and garden area.

trail of the jaguar

Our state-of-the-art exhibit will immerse guests in the southwestern habitat of these majestic big cats. Your guests will enjoy being so close to our family of jaguars, and they’ll delight at being surrounded by some of the other various animals that hail from the region, including Montezuma quail, Colorado river toads, and a gorgeous ocelot. Trail of the Jaguar can accommodate small receptions cocktail hours, and much more.

Olivia’s Eagle Canyon Observation Deck

A wonderful outdoor location for meet-and-mingles, cocktail receptions, wedding ceremonies, and presentations. Any event held on the deck is sure to wow your guests with our stoic bald eagles and golden eagles residing in the background.

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Classic Red Barn

Home to the zoo’s donkeys, sheep and goats, this classic and charmingly rustic barn is one of our trendiest settings. It’s perfect for your ceremony or event, and it’s an excellent location for a magical photo.

zoo brew beer garden

EPZ’s in-house bar and beer garden is located just across from the bison feeding deck. It’s ideal for cocktails, appetizers, or action stations. Your guests will enjoy a taste of our craft beers on tap, as well as the relaxing views and sounds of the Stony Creek. This space is also perfect for live music. Overhead bistro lights and interactive games are available.

Jessica Manns Photography
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zoobowl theater

A spacious outdoor venue with seating for up to 150 guests. The theater is picturesque and an ideal

set-up for presentations, wedding ceremonies, and performances.

calle mae picnic grove

This covered pavilion is perfect for picnics, birthday parties, company outings, and school/group field trips. It can seat up to 160 guests at once. This space is located beside our giraffe and zebra exhibit, giving guests a unique viewing experience during their events!


“Karibu” means “Welcome” in Swahili, and that’s what you and your guests will feel in this covered pavilion space connected to our giraffe feeding decks.

A spacious outdoor venue, seating 150 guests.

Jessica Manns Photography


Rent the entire zoo for your private event! All exhibits will remain open exclusively for you and your guests. Choose options to enhance your experience, such as animal shows, live music, carousel/train rides, and more.

Animal Meet and Greet

Get closer than you ever imagined by adding an animal meet and greet to your event at Elmwood Park Zoo! Allow your guests to meet the zoo’s most popular animal ambassadors up close. A member from our knowledgeable education staff will provide you and your guests with a unique interactive animal experience. Animals may include owls, hedgehogs, or even snakes!

Giraffe Feedings

Guests can hand-feed the world’s tallest mammal in this highly unique experience. Climb our giraffe deck and stand face-to-face with our three gentle giants as you feed them their favorite snack…lettuce!

*Feedings are weather and temperature dependent – giraffes will not be available when temperatures are below 55º. Our lower giraffe deck is wheelchair accessible. 


Tell us a little about the event you are planning and the date(s) you had in mind. One of our Event Planners will respond to you soon! You can also reach us at 800.652.4143 x 242 and