Our world-class Zoo event rentals offer:

  • Five elegant banquet facilities
  • State-of-the-art conference and meeting rooms
  • A wide range of audio/visual equipment
  • An appetizing assortment of menus to cater to your tastes
  • Packages including behind-the-scenes tours, Zoo speakers, Zooline Railroad rental and discounted attraction tickets

We invite you to let the Saint Louis Zoo's talent and unique atmosphere capture the desired mood and every detail of your imagination! You can count on us to understand your need for flexibility, service and care. We'll handle the details. You can just relax and handle the compliments.

VenueThe Living WorldLakeside CafeMcDonnell Center at River CampPeabody HallEvent Tent
 Atmosphere  Life-size shark, squid and stingray sculptures greet you as you enter the 65-foot rotunda flooded with natural light from the glass-domed ceiling. The Living World offers two levels of flexible space, and the Anheuser-Busch Theater is available for your presentation and entertainment requirements.  A waterfront pavilion in the heart of the Zoo, Lakeside Cafe provides a lively setting for your event. Its covered patio overlooks a lake inhabited with waterfowl and turtles. Inside, the feeling is decidedly spacious and grand, with architectural columns and a vaulted ceiling. The McDonnell Center at River Camp offers a scenic setting for your event. A private terrace runs the length of the building, and a dramatic window into the Missouri River Aquarium offers a spectacular view of paddlefish, gar and many other aquatic creatures. 

Peabody Hall combines a modern interior with a historic exterior. The 1917 building was fully renovated in 2010 and is currently decorated with “Inspired by Nature” wildlife art by Robert Bateman. Peabody Hall offers a large patio for your guests, which overlooks the lush Historic Hill and Sea Lion Sound.

The Event Tent provides a unique experience nestled between the Primate House and the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium. If you’re looking for an intimate setting for a corporate dinner or social function, this spectacular tent offers generous space to mix and mingle. 
Number of guests for a seated dinner  500 guests Up to 300 guests indoors Up to 200 guests when renting entire facility. (Rooms can also be booked individually)    Up to 400 guests
Number of guests for cocktails
and hors d'oeurves 
1,000 guests  Up to 500 guests with patio    Up to 120 guests  Up to 600 guests
Availability Available for rent seven days a week, 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.   Available for daytime or evening events, seven days a week   Seven days a week, day or evening, May–October 
Other Features 9,000 square feet of event space within a two level, 65-foot rotunda; natural light from a glass-domed ceiling; and the 380-seat Anheuser-Busch Theater Waterfront pavilion with a covered patio, indoor and outdoor space, optimum moonlight reception space  Private terrace, window viewing the Missouri River Aquarium, available presentation equipment (video screens and internet access), all surrounded by 90 acres of wildlife    Open-air tent, outdoor reception setting, and a generous amount of space to mingle and dance.

Plan Your Event

To have a Saint Louis Zoo representative contact you about pricing, availability and the details of your event, contact us at 314-646-4855, rentals@stlzoo.org or fill out the form below.

Rental Inquiry Form