Rental Facilities

Whether it’s an evening reception, an afternoon picnic or an all-day gathering, The Toledo Zoo has the menus and the venues to make your event just perfect. Check out our facilities below and you’ll see how adaptable we can be to accommodate your needs!

Parties & Weddings

Malawi Event Center

Part of the Zoo’s spectacular Africa! exhibit, the spacious Malawi Event Center is the perfect place for your large-scale special event.
Maximum Capacity: 900+
Availability: April through December, days and evenings


The gallery wing of the Aquarium set for an event

The Aquarium is not only a popular destination for Zoo visitors, it’s also a favorite location for private events. The tranquil setting of tanks with visually enticing marine life and modern interior give the Aquarium a touch of elegance. Audio visual equipment is also readily available.
Maximum Capacity: 70 guests
Availability: evenings year-round except during Lights Before Christmas

Captains Room

The Captain’s Room is located inside of the Aquarium. A large monitor is included for media or presentations. If desired, windows can be opened for a stunning view of the Amphitheater as well.
Maximum Capacity: 25 guests
Availability: days and evenings year-round

African Lodge

Main dining hall at the African Lodge

Your guests will be treated to an impressive cultural experience as they take in the beauty of African art in the Lodge. Whether you host a formal dinner or a casual cocktail reception, our catering staff has you covered for an excellent evening. Projection equipment and sound system available.
Maximum Capacity: 125 people seated, 225 for a cocktail reception
Availability: Year-round, during regular operating hours and evenings until 11:00 p.m.

Arctic Encounter

Catered reception at Arctic Encounter

Visit the Arctic during your next special event! Enjoy your specially catered meal surrounded by waterfalls, running streams and artificial rock and ice exhibits—not to mention polar bears and seals! A party in the Arctic has never been so warm.
Maximum Capacity: 50 people seated, 100 for a cocktail reception
Availability: Year-round, available after daily operating hours except during The Lights Before Christmas

Africa! Overlook

The Overlook set up for an evening dinner event in the summer

The Africa! Overlook treats your guests to a spacious view of the Africa! scenery. In the late afternoon many animals like giraffes and zebras are still visible, and the entire area is decorated with a rustic African theme that will remind your guests of exotic travels.
Maximum Capacity: 250 guests
Availability: evenings, April through October

Outdoors for large groups

Broadway Pavilion

Large group event at the Broadway Pavillion

Overlooking the historic Amphitheater, the beautifully landscaped Broadway Pavilion provides secluded, shaded seating away from the crowds of the park.
Maximum Capacity: 500 people
Availability: April through September during regular operating hours and evenings until 11:00 p.m.

Presentations and Performances



The Amphitheater

This outdoor facility has been a Toledo landmark since 1936. Renovated in 1996, the Amphitheater is perfect for an outdoor rally, concert or ceremony.
Maximum Capacity: 4,500 people
Availability: April through September, during regular operating hours and evenings until 11:00 p.m.



Conference Rooms at the African Lodge

Treetops conference room at the African Lodge

The distinctive conference rooms in our African Lodge provide the essentials for any business engagement with a unique atmosphere that your clients or guests will never forget.
Maximum Capacity: 25 people seated conference style
Availability: Year-round, during regular operating hours and evenings until 11:00 p.m.

Map of Locations

Click on the map image above to download a printable PDF version of a Zoo map with our rental facilities

For menu options, wedding packages, or additional information about the Zoo’s group rates or rental facilities, please contact the Group Sales Department at (419) 385-5721, ext. 6001.
We hope to hear from you soon!

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