Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium




The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium offers three reception venues that will amaze and entertain your friends and family. Lose yourself in the PPG Aquarium, which features hundreds of animal species ranging from the tiny cuttlefish, to the six-foot-long South American arapaima. At Water’s Edge, be thrilled by underwater views of our polar bears, sea otters, and elephant seal. An intimate event space that gives your guests a unique reception atmosphere. Finally, dazzle your guests with a kaleidoscope of color with the exotic flowers and plants that surround our Garden Tent.

Venue Style

Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Park/Garden, Rainforest, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Reception: 200 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 400 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start 2 hours prior to start of event and no earlier than 6:00PM. Events must end by midnight.

Rental Fees

The rental fee ranges from $1,200 to $3,000 for a reception and includes 4 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee. Please inquire with venue coordinator for pricing details.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is estimated at between $6,297 and $18,936 for a reception only for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Wedding planning services
Dance floor
Tables and chairs provided
Linens, silverware, glassware provided
Venue set up and clean up
Day-of coordinator
Champagne toast
Full kitchen facilities
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

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 midnight