Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium 7370 Baker St • Pittsburgh • PA 15206


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • The Water's Edge venue is positively awe-inspiring. You'll be transported to a coastal village setting with two underwater tunnels featuring polar bears, sea otters, and elephant seals that wow guests as they enter and exit the spacious and elegant event room.
  • Dine next to exotic fish and sip tropical drinks at the aquarium. A lush rainforest, waterfalls, and brilliantly colored aquatic life from around the globe make a remarkable backdrop for your reception—and photo memories.
  • Their packages include shuttle service from the zoo entrance to the indoor event spaces, food and beverages from Taste catering, tables, chairs, and linens. Plus, you might just get the opportunity to pose with a fuzzy, furry, or slinky creature.


Video by Maya Elaine Photography.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $2,500–4,500/event
  • Rental fees range $2,500–4,500 for a 4-hour evening rental, which includes tables & chairs and setup & teardown.

    Enclosed shuttle service from the Zoo entrance to the Aquarium or Water's Edge and back is included for those two venues (not included for the Garden Tent). A second shuttle ($500) is required for guest counts over 100.

    Water's Edge | 140 seated, 250 standing | $2,750
    3 large exhibits allowing guests to polar bears, sea otters, sea lions, and elephant seals from both the outdoor and indoor perspectives. Water's Edge is not available August–December 2024.

    Aquarium | 200 seated, 500 standing | $4,500
    Multiple smaller exhibits for your guests to enjoy various species of fish, eels, penguins, turtles, tropical rainforest, and the polar bears’ outdoor exhibit on the lower aquarium patio.

    Garden Tent | 300 seated, 500 standing | $2,500
    Tent surrounded by foliage and botanical gardens. Available mid-April through mid-October only.

Ceremony Fee
  • $750/event
  • The ceremony fee includes full coordination by the Zoo's Events Team.

Meals (when priced separately)
  • $45/person and up
  • Buffet menus start at $45/person, and plated menus start at $65/person; both include salad, entrées, sides, and rolls with butter. Stations-style menus are also available.

    Bar packages range $34/person for a 4-hour beer & wine bar to $48/person for a 5-hour platinum bar. Cash bar and specialty options are also available.

Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 22%
Additional Info
  • Small Animal Visits!
    A Zoo staff member brings a small animal for your guests to get an up-close look for 30 minutes during cocktail hour.

    • Tier 1: $100/animal - bearded dragon, corn snake, blue tongue skink, turtle/pancake tortoise, mallard duck, tenrec, rabbit, chinchilla* (weather dependent*)
    • Tier 2: $124/animal - pine snake, boa constrictor, screech owl, kestrel, large owl (Eagle or Great Horned), opossum, armadillo, macaw, kinkajou, fennec fox


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 200 300
Cocktails, etc. Standing 500 300
Reception Seated 200 300
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 200.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • All-Inclusive
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily, anytime.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Conference Center
  • Garden
  • Park
  • Zoo / Aquarium
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Unique

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Lagoon / Pond
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Park


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