Plan Your Event


Enjoy the Zoo together! If you are planning a gathering for your church, business, civic organization, service club, family reunion, birthday or even a wedding, the zoo is an ideal location for you! The Racine Zoo's campus offers various different venues for your desired event!


Meerkat Manor - Open Air

For smaller groups, looking for a great “home base” for a picnic party, the party area near the Penguins and Meerkats could be a perfect fit! Located right in the heart of the Zoo, it’s close to the new Walk About Creek exhibit and children’s playground.

Rental fee: $100
Includes admission for 15 guests, each additional guest will be $3.00.
Suggested Events: birthdays, small company picnics, and small family parties

 

Jungle Junction - Gazebo

Another option for smaller groups looking for a covered meeting place for a picnic party, the Jungle Junction gazebo is the perfect selection. The gazebo is located between the Zoo’s entrance and Vanishing Kingdom historic building. 

Rental fee: $150
Includes admission for 15 guests, each additional guest will be $3.00.
Suggested Events: birthdays, small company picnics, and small family parties

 

Racine Rotary West Safari Base Camp - Pavilion

Our most popular event location, the Pavilion can host formal fundraisers or back-yard barbeques. Located adjacent to the new PlayZoo playground, with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan, the pavilion is a covered structure with “walls” that can be selectively unfurled to combat inclement weather or wind. 

Rental fee: $350
Includes admission for 50 guests, each additional guest will be $3.00.

Groups of 150 or more will be charged a dumpster rental fee of $150. Rental fee also includes use of the Zoo’s propane grill, 8 ft. banquet tables.
Suggested Events: medium-large birthday parties, wedding and baby showers, company picnics, and family reunions

 

Charles and Jennifer Johnson Land of the Giants Private Events Area

Located in the northeast corner of the Zoo, this open area hosts large company picnics, wedding receptions and even the Zoo’s very own annual black-tie fundraiser! Within close proximity to the Zoo’s resident giraffes and rhinos, this open area can be transformed to exceed your expectations. Rental of this private picnic area also includes the use of the Rotary West Safari Base Camp pavilion. 

Rental fee: $1,350
Includes admission for 100 guests, each additional guest will be $3.00.

Rental fee also includes use of the Zoo’s propane grill, 8 ft. banquet tables, picnic tables and the dumpster rental fee as well as a private party coordinator.


Add-on for any event:

Kiwanis Memorial Amphitheater

Located in the heart of campus with Lake Michigan as a backdrop. Basic electric service is on site, however, guests must make arrangement for sound equipment. The Kiwanis Memorial Amphitheater provides ample lawn seating for guests. 

Rental fee: $150