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The Wildest Wedding Venue in Pennsylvania

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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 outdoor wedding venue. Exchange your vows in front of the large doors of our rustic red barn or our intimate ZooBowl Theater. After your “I Do’s,” enjoy a private feeding with the giant 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. 

Indoor and Outdoor Event Venues

canopy gardens HALL

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, this gives the option of open access to the adjacent patio.

trail of the jaguar

Available after zoo hours only
Cocktail hour location

Our state-of-the-art exhibit will put you and you guests face to face with our majestic big cats. Not only will you be sharing a cocktail with our jaguars, but also with a variety of other small animals. This space is ideal for cocktail hours of 100 guests or less.

Classic Red Barn

Our charmingly rustic barn is one of our most picturesque settings. It’s perfect for your ceremony. It’s an excellent location for a magical photo.

Jessica Manns Photography

zoo brew beer garden

Our in-house bar and beer garden is ideal for an outdoor cocktail hour. Your guests will enjoy a taste of our craft beers on tap, as well as the relaxing sounds of the creek. This space is also perfect for live music. Overhead bistro lights and interactive games are available.

zoobowl theater

A spacious outdoor venue with seating for up to 100 guests. The theater is a perfect location for your beautifully intimate ceremony.

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An outdoor ceremony location overlooking our beautiful fountain and vintage carousel. Seating up to 150 guests.


Rent the entire zoo for your private event! Exhibits will remain open exclusively for you and your guests. Choose options to enhance your experience, such as animal giraffe feedings, animal meet and greets or the carousel.

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When you plan your wedding at Elmwood Park Zoo, not only do you treat your guests to a highly interactive experience at the most unique wedding venue in the Greater Philadelphia area, but you also support an important nonprofit organization. The zoo is centrally located in Montgomery County and is easily accessible to guests from Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties.

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. 


Enjoy a spin on the zoo’s vintage-inspired, animal-themed carousel. This is an experience that guests of all ages can enjoy!


Tell us a little about the wedding that 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 610.277.3825 x 242 and