Make your event memorable by hosting it at Lehigh Valley Zoo!
Choose from a variety of wildly unique facilities for your company picnic, family reunion, birthday party, corporate meeting or office retreat.
The Zoo’s hours are November-March 10am-3pm and April-October 10am-4pm.
Come tour the Zoo and see for yourself. To arrange a site tour or to discuss the availability of dates, please contact Development & Marketing at 610-799-4171.
If you have a larger group or want to make your event exclusive, consider an after-hours rental and we will keep the Zoo open for you and your guests. You will have access to all rental areas. Zoo animals will be on exhibit until dusk.
Customized after-hours Zoo rental includes guest admission (5:00pm-9:00pm). Additional options include: live animal presentations, Zoo tours, nature hikes, creek study, paddle boats, wagon rides, and Outdoor Café catering. Please contact Development & Marketing at 610-799-4171 for date availability and to discuss customized after-hours Zoo rental pricing.
This is a one-of-a-kind venue that will bring a rustic wildlife atmosphere to your event. Features include a working fireplace, bison trophy, wood paneling, and A/V capabilities.
SIZE: 20 x 50 feet, seats up to 80 guests theater-style
UTILITIES: Electric available
NOTE: Direct vehicle access to exterior of building limited; exits available directly to outdoor amphitheater stage; air conditioning available.
Daytime Rental: $200 (available year-round) plus guest admission (minimum 15 guests for Group Rate)
The pavilion is conveniently located beside the Zoo’s Outdoor Café and is a great place for an event where food is essential. It is also just inside the Zoo’s main entrance so your guests won’t have to walk far to reach your private space.
SIZE: 16 x 30 feet, seats up to 144 guests
UTILITIES: Electric available
NOTES: Direct vehicle access to site limited; includes 18 picnic tables; some lighting is already in place; available April-October.
Daytime Rental: $150 (10am-4pm April-October) plus guest admission (minimum 15 guests for Group Rate)
The large outdoor tent is located close to the Zoo’s playground and the Corral gift shop.
SIZE: 20' x 40', seats for 70 guests w/buffet area
UTILITIES: Electric available
NOTES: Direct vehicle access available; includes tables and chairs (seasonally); available May-October.
Daytime Rental: $150 (10am-4pm May-October) plus guest admission (minimum 15 guests for Group Rate)
Daytime Facility Rental Customized Add-ons:
Our Conservation Education Department can provide nature hikes, Zoo tours, creek study programs, and live animal presentations – choice of two hour programs, one hour programs and half-hour program (animal presentation only).
Paddle Boat Rentals and Wagon Rides
Outdoor Café – options include selected items to complete picnic menu
Please contact Development & Marketing at 610-799-4171 for date availability and to discuss customized Daytime Zoo Rental add-ons and pricing.
To reserve a date, a non-refundable deposit is required for 50% of the rental fee along with a signed rental agreement. The final balance is due on or before the rental date unless prior arrangements have been made with the Development & Marketing staff. Deposits can be made by cash, check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
Outside vendors need to contact Development & Marketing staff at least two weeks prior to the event to coordinate delivery times, loading areas, set-up locations and pick-up schedule. Any materials delivered by an outside vendor must be delivered during the Zoo’s regular hours on the day of the event unless prior arrangements have been made with Development & Marketing staff. Lehigh Valley Zoo cannot assume responsibility for personal property and/or any equipment brought into Zoo facilities.
Outside licensed caterers are permitted. Outside caterers need to contact Development & Marketing staff at least two weeks prior to the event. Outside caterers are responsible for staffing and providing all catering equipment for the event. It is the responsibility of the outside caterer to set-up, break-down and to leave the Zoo in the condition it was found upon arrival. The Zoo does not provide refrigerator/freezer or storage space for rental parties.
Music and entertainment are permitted with the approval of Development & Marketing staff. Vendors need to contact Development & Marketing staff at least two weeks prior to the event to coordinate delivery times, loading areas, set-up locations and pick-up schedule. Any materials delivered by an outside vendor must be delivered during the Zoo’s regular hours on the day of the event unless prior arrangements have been made with Development & Marketing staff. Lehigh Valley Zoo cannot assume responsibility for personal property and/or any equipment brought into Zoo facilities.
Lehigh Valley Zoo Members
Members receive a 10% discount off any base facility rental if the initial contact is an active member at the reservation time or if he/she purchases a membership before final payment is due. Discount does not apply to admission fees or rental add-ons. Business Partners receive a discount off any rental based on sponsorship level.
Alcohol consumption must be confined to the rented event site on Zoo grounds only. Alcohol may be served to adults 21 and above. Any organization serving alcoholic beverages on Zoo grounds must name Lehigh Valley Zoo as an additional insured on the company’s business insurance with a minimum of $1,000,000.00 in coverage. The Zoo reserves the right to remove any individual whose behavior is inappropriate to a family facility or whose activities may cause harm to other guests or the Zoo animals.
Cancellations made 30 days prior to the event will be responsible for 50% of the facility rental.
Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the event will be responsible for 100% of the facility rental.
If the event host cancels and reschedules a new date within a 30 day period, 100% deposit will be credited towards the new date.
Inclement Weather Policy
Lehigh Valley Zoo will make every effort to open a facility when a rental is scheduled. However, if severe inclement weather or other acts of nature (ex. ice storm, snow storm, or damage caused by weather) prohibits the opening of the Zoo, the event host will be notified by Development & Marketing staff as soon as possible. The event host will be provided the opportunity to reschedule event to another available date.
Other General Guidelines
Set up may begin two hours prior to the rental time. All deliveries must be arranged in advance with Development & Marketing staff. The bottom Zoo gate will remain locked at all times and is not a Zoo entrance/exit for guests.
Pets/outside animals are not permitted inside the Zoo.
Smoking is not permitted on Zoo grounds.
All event signage must be approved by the Development & Marketing staff prior to the event date. Set up of all signage and banners are the responsibility of the event host. Thumbtacks, tape, or nails are not permitted on walls, ceilings, buildings or trees. Balloons not permitted inside the Zoo.
Advertising or printed material referencing the Zoo must be approved by the Development & Marketing staff before distribution. This includes, but is not limited to, tickets, invitations and promotional materials.