Bronx Zoo

The Bronx



Looking for an alternative to traditional outdoor venues? Say "I Do” at the Zoo!
The Bronx Zoo offers the ultimate “one of a kind” experience for you and your guests and has the perfect combination of elegance and fun, with two park locations to choose from. For more intimate gatherings there is the exotic locale of the Congo Gorilla Forest. For larger celebrations there is The Schiff Family Great Hall. The Historic Astor Court located adjacent to the Beaux-Arts Zoo Center, is reminiscent of old world graces. Imagine exchanging vows in a romantic ceremony outside among the free roaming Indian Peacocks. If you prefer an indoor ceremony celebrate your nuptials in the Zoo Center. For cocktail hours guests can sip cocktails in the Madagascar exhibit alongside Lemurs, Nile Crocodiles and other curious creatures. Or mingle with your guests outside with the California Sea Lions, followed by fine dining in the Schiff Family Great Hall. The spacious hall is reflective of timeless architecture and is a LEED certified historic landmark building. The event staff will work with you to ensure that your wedding celebration at the zoo is unforgettable.

Venue Style

Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Barn/Farm/Ranch, Park/Garden, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 200 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 3:00PM. Events must end by 11:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $4,000 for a reception and includes 5 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. A guest minimum of 100 is applied to all Saturday events. The set up fee for a ceremony is $3,000. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $2,000/hr plus the cost of additional staff and bartenders.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Bronx Zoo is estimated at between $21,412 and $31,225 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Dance floor
Coat check room
Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Day-of coordinator
Full kitchen facilities
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

Wedding coordinator required
All food and beverage handled by venue
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by 11:00PM
Service animals are permitted
Bubbles are permitted