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Venues in Bronx, New York,
(718) 741-3836

About Us

Saying “I Do” at the Zoo provides a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Whether exchanging vows at the historic Zoo Center or sipping cocktails as sea lions look on, you and your guests will be inspired by exotic wildlife and architecture. Our spectacular indoor and outdoor venue provides the perfect setting for a one of a kind wedding, year-round.

The Bronx Zoo is truly one of the most unique wedding venues available in New York. Imagine exchanging vows in a romantic ceremony outside among the free-roaming Indian peacocks. If you prefer an indoor ceremony, celebrate your nuptials inside the historic Zoo Center. Originally named the Elephant House when constructed in 1908, it was regarded as one of the finest and most modern zoological buildings, now serving as a beautiful and dramatic background to your ceremony.

For cocktail hour, guests can sip cocktails in the Madagascar exhibit alongside lemurs, Nile crocodiles, and other curious creatures, or mingle outside with the California sea lions. Cocktail hour is followed by dinner and dancing in Schiff Family Great Hall. This spacious 4,600 square foot hall, once home to our lions, was fully renovated and is New York’s first green & LEED-certified historic landmark building. Schiff Family Great Hall helps create your fairytale wedding with its timeless architecture and character. Along with the reception space, you and your guests will have private access to our Lion’s Patio and glass-enclosed bridal suite.

This unique experience has a maximum capacity of 175-guests for a plated meal and 250-guests for a cocktail-style event. Full wedding experiences range from approximately $280-$350 per person and include; ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, and a wedding cake.

All event proceeds help support the Wildlife Conservation Society’s mission to help save wildlife and wild places around the globe.

Imelda Reilly-Metzner

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  • We did it! Yes, amid all the chaos that has been 2020, we managed to have a reduced-sized, intimate wedding, adapted for Covid-19 safety protocols, on our original day, Sunday October 4th, 2020 at our preferred venue, The Bronx Zoo. It was magical. The Events and Catering department, especially Robyn Hymowitz ensured that our special day exceeded all of our expectations in every way. Robyn is an incredible event planner. All communications and emails are responded to immediately, she is familiar with a wide variety of vendors that know the site well and she will help you to connect with the ones that will work best for you and your vision. Speaking of vendors, you won't need to hire many as most everything, chairs for the ceremony, table linens and a gorgeous wedding and anniversary cake, are already provided by the Zoo itself. Music, photography, audio and lighting are the only things not covered by this Venue. We wisely followed Robyn's recomendations and hired Jade O'Connell of Up... Read more

    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?

    $ 5,000.00

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


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

    $ 2,000.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, China, Clean Up, Flatware, Glassware, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables

    Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

    Cake Cutting, Server(s), Wedding Cake

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 40.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Limited Bar

    Describe your venue

    Banquet Hall, Historic Building, Park, Zoo

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party

    What event services do you offer?

    Bar Services, Cake, Catering Services, Clean Up, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Set Up

    What catering services do you offer?

    Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations

    What bar services do you provide?

    Bartender(s), Limited Bar, Open Bar, Premium Liquor

    What food and beverage items are available?

    Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

    What transportation and access is available?


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