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!


We are updating our rental packages for the 2016 season.  Please call 262.636.9411 for questions about renting a Zoo space for your 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.


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. 


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. 


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.