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Venues in Bridgeport, CT,
(203) 332-4243

About Us

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is a wedding venue in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Centrally located between Greenwich and New Haven, Beardsley Zoo is situated on 52 spacious acres in Beardsley Park. Their lush gardens and unique buildings provide a beautiful backdrop for your special day. Your guests can dine and mingle with North and South American animals, providing a truly unforgettable experience. Their experienced staff will work alongside you to design and create your one-of-a-kind wedding and turn your dreams into a reality!

Facilities and Capacity

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo offers a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces to host any year-round event, large or small! Each space features its own unique ambience in a gorgeous setting, perfect for your ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is also available for engagement parties, bridal showers, rehersal dinners and so much more! Their spectacular spaces include:

  • Victorian Greenhouse - unique and intimate greenhouse space for 75 seated guests.
  • The Carousel Building - spacious circular building which features an indoor working carousel and comfortably fits 180 seated guests.
  • Picnic Grove - beautiful outdoor space for up to 500 guests.
  • Hanson Exploration Station - rustic log cabin accommodating 100 seated guests.

Services Offered

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo offers many wedding-related services as well as providing tables and chairs for your event. Whether you want your wedding to be during the day or at night after zoo hours, their professional rentals and event staff will help make your day exactly as your envisioned it to be. They even provide a preferred vendor list to help make your decisions a little easier. The wedding services they offer include:

  • Cleanup
  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • Preferred vendors
  • Setup
  • Wireless internet
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair access


Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo has a proud history of over 90 years as Connecticut’s only zoo. They are an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participant in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) program, a program dedicated to the preservation of endangered animals and actively developing strategies that will protect species and preserve their wild habitats. All proceeds from your wedding directly support the zoo and its conservation efforts.

China DuVall

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  • From the very beginning of the process, all the way to the very end, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo was top notch and a pleasure to work with. Lindsay Durkee the Rentals and Events Manager was PHENOMENAL to work with. Her level of professionalism was through the roof. She was incredibly helpful throughout the entire process. The zoo went above and beyond to make our wedding day as smooth and special as possible!! I highly recommend booking your wedding or any special event at the Beardsley Zoo.

    responded with the following comments.

    China, Thank you so much for your review and kind words! You and Ryan were awesome to work with and I hope we get the chance to work together again on another event! Congrats to you both again!!!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

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


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 750.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 750.00

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


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 250.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 250.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

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

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Farm/Ranch, Museum, Zoo

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

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

    What event services do you offer?

    Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Set Up, Wifi

    What event items are available?

    Chairs, Tables

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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