Utica Zoo




Located in Roscoe-Conkling Park, the Utica Zoo has an over 100-year-old tradition of bringing joy to its visitors -- making it the perfect location for a unique wedding day. Soon-to-be-wed couples searching for a wild locale for their big day should look no further than this beautiful zoo! Imagine celebrating your union beneath an airy white tent or the stunning pavilion, which has been recently expanded to accommodate even more your nearest and dearest for the big event. The singular wildlife exhibits and beautiful foliage throughout the property provide a picturesque backdrop for one-of-a-kind wedding photos that you will look upon fondly for the rest of your life. You and your guests can even walk among the animal exhibits as an added bonus to the lovely surroundings. Allowing you to fully customize your event and create your vision of the “busy day ever,” every wedding can have their choice of caterer and rental companies.

Venue Style



Outdoor Ceremony, Outdoor Reception


Max Outdoor Ceremony: 250 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 250 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start 2 hours prior to event start time. Events must end by 9:00PM.

Rental Fees

The rental fee is $2,000 for a ceremony and reception and includes 3 hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $150/hr.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Utica Zoo is estimated at between $12,176 and $18,407 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Ceremony arch
Podium and/or stage
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
No kitchen
Large parking lot
Dance area

Special Restrictions

Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
Smoking in designated areas only
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 9:00PM