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Venues in Des Moines, IA,
(515) 974-2506

About Us

Blank Park Zoo is an exotic wedding venue located in Des Moines, Iowa, that provides a unique and exciting setting for weddings. Nestled on 22 acres of land, this wildlife park allows guests to be entertained by zoo animals during the cocktail hour, offering an out-of-the-ordinary wedding experience.

Facilities and Capacity
This venue provides five outdoor and indoor facilities that can host up to 400 guests. The Discovery Center ballroom is best suited for weddings of 120 people or less and overlooks our indoor rainforest. The brand new state of the art Zooplex accomodates 350 guests banquet style for larger wedding parties.

Services Offered
Blank Park Zoo offers spaces for hosting wedding ceremonies, receptions, baby showers, birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, and other special events. It has a friendly, attentive staff to choreograph and ensure that the event will be a complete success. They will help provide the following services:

  • Set up
  • Bride & Groom suites
  • Event planning
  • Sound/AV
  • Linens
  • Clean up

Other Services
Aside from being a wedding venue, Blank Park Zoo also offers educational and fun classes, educating young children and even adults on how to take care of the animals. The park also accommodates fun, educational field trips and camping, exhibiting the park’s rainforest and zoo animals.


4 out of 5
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  • We had an amazing wedding, the new events coordinators just have some kinks to work out. From the time we initially reserved our space (January 2016) to our wedding (July 2017) they changed their events coordinator as well as their exclusive caterer and didn't do anything to make up for the fact that our original caterer would've been less expensive. The day of they also didn't know that they had the linens there already so when we got there we couldn't set up the tables right away- but it was eventually discovered. Other than that the experience was great and many of our guests told us that it was the most fun wedding they'd ever been to!

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    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, Clean Up, Event Planning, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables

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    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Park, Zoo

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Set Up

    What event items are available?

    Altar/Arch, Audio Equipment, Chairs, Photo booth, Tables

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Wheelchair Access

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