Private Events

Unique Private Events at ZooTampa

Wild Events to Wow Your Guests

ZooTampa hosts countless unforgettable events year-round, from large corporate gatherings and holiday parties, to wild weddings, birthday parties & more. Let our experienced events team take care of the venue, food, and logistics, so you can sit back and relax with your guests.

A boy on a ride at the Zoo for his birthday party
A woman feeds an African crowned crane during a private event at ZooTampa
Locally Inspired Cuisine
Appetizer Tray

Catering from Our Acclaimed Chef

Experience the tastes of Tampa and local Florida cuisine, including Cuban delicacies filled with rich Tampa history, southern comfort food and a variety of seafood options from Florida's gulf coast. Does your group have unique tastes? Let us put together a carefully curated menu by the Zoo's in-house chef.

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A Venue Like No Other

Surround your guests with wildlife in our picturesque Zoo. You won't find cookie-cutter hotel ballrooms here!

Unforgettable Animal Interactions

Where else can your guests get face-to-face with exotic animals like a Hyacinth macaw, African crested porcupine, and Eurasian eagle owl?

Experienced Events Team

We host countless events year-round, so you can sleep easy knowing you and your guests will enjoy a first class event.

Support A Great Cause

By choosing ZooTampa for your private event you're also supporting our non-profit's mission to protect and preserve wildlife, including critically endangered native species like the Florida panther.

Food & Beverage Safety
A veggie buffet line at a private event at the Zoo

Enjoying a meal or drink is an essential element to hosting a successful event. We have made changes to our services, but we’re still committed to offering the same delicious food in the most unique environment.

  • Tables and chairs will be spaced to promote proper physical distancing between guests while maintaining increased safety standards
  • New food offerings, such as Grab & Go meals
  • Individually wrapped food items as an alternative to open buffets
  • All items, such as salt and pepper, will remain off of the tables until food is served
  • Napkins, knives and forks will be stored and provided to guests with their meal
Worry-Free Events
Bride and groom wearing masks for safety during their wedding while a giraffe stands close behind them during photo shoot

Safe & Socially Responsible Events

During these uncertain times, we are committed to going above and beyond to ensure your guests feel relaxed and comfortable so they can enjoy their event. To accomplish this, we have implemented numerous changes without compromising the event experience.

  • Elevated procedures for cleanliness and sanitation
  • Reduced capacity to ensure plenty of room for social distancing
  • Creative and customized seating to accommodate social distancing
  • Completed Safety Checklist prior to guest arrival


Our team is equipped and ready to host worry-free events by implementing solutions that honor flexibility, outstanding customer service and execute the highest standards of safety and sanitation.

  • Partnerships grounded in open communication
  • Flexible pricing, venue options and contract terms
  • Quickly adapt and respond accordingly to your needs
A young girl is amazed by an armadillo during an animal mingle at a private event
A groom and groomsmen pose for a photo on the carousel at the Zoo
Wild Weddings at ZooTampa

Wedding Ceremonies, Receptions, Proposals, Bridal Showers & More

ZooTampa at Lowry Park is a Tampa-based wedding venue located in the heart of Tampa’s picturesque Zoo. If you’re looking for a nontraditional wedding experience, look no further than this unique wedding venue. By hosting your guests at ZooTampa, you’ll provide your guests with an unforgettable experience as they’re surrounded by wildlife throughout your big day.

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