Los Angeles Zoo 5333 Zoo Drive • Los Angeles • CA 90027


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

Remember how much fun you had the first time you went to the zoo? Whether it was years ago or last month, the memories always linger. So it makes perfect sense that you'd want to share that feeling of joy with friends and family on one of the biggest days of your life—especially if you're welcomed as an "after hours VIP".

The Los Angeles Zoo—with over 130 acres, 1,400 animals, and 800 species of plants—is a top SoCal landmark attracting droves of locals and tourists alike. Naturally, the photogenic residents get plenty of press, but the zoo's dedicated staff believes your wedding deserves a lot of attention too. And with three unique venues in a fabulous setting, they'll turn your special evening at the zoo into a wildly successful affair.

Now, can we talk about the elephant in the room? Or, more precisely, that majestic, Asian pachyderm grazing just beyond the covered deck of the CAMBODIA PAVILION, where you and your guests are sipping cocktails. It's an unforgettable sight, especially against a backdrop of lush greenery and the Hollywood Hills. You can also have an intimate al fresco dinner here, or opt for the two-story STILT HOUSE.

The place itself evokes a rustic lodge on an exotic adventure, while the ceramic lily pads out front hint that you're in for a few aquatic treats. A wall of glass on the first floor features a fish tank filled with South American piranhas and a view of the rock-strewn stream outside. Up on the second floor, the space boasts a high, beamed ceiling and open-air sides—the better for watching the antics of river otters playing in the water. You can easily host both cocktails and dinner here for up to 50…or move to TREETOPS TERRACE, the zoo's largest reception venue.

Big, bright and airy, this pavilion feels like a geodesic dome with its soaring, asymmetrical ceiling, skylights, and windows. It's great for all the party animals on your list because the staff can bring in a stage, dance floor, and bar, as well as help with lighting, décor, setup, and choosing a menu from their in-house caterer, Taste of the Wild.

Book any of the three venues or feel free to combine them, because they're just steps away from each other (golf carts and trams are available as well). Plus, you'll want to seriously consider their not-to-be-missed add-ons, like animal encounters where zoo handlers bring exotic birds, reptiles, and other animals for you to experience up close and personal.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $50/person and up
  • Venue Packages include:

    • Reception venue from 6-10 PM
    • Complimentary parking and tram service from parking lot to event venue
    • Onsite event coordinator
    • Tables and black folding resin chairs
    • Classic table linens and choice of solid colored napkin
    • Lighting package
    • Complimentary 1 year individual plus GLAZA Membership
    • And more!
Package Prices
  • $55/person and up
  • Package prices vary depending on:
    • Guest count
    • Package chosen
  • Catering packages include:

    • Cake or dessert cutting
    • Assorted rolls with sweet butter
    • Water goblets
    • Coffee and assorted teas
    • Champagne toast
    • Catering set up, including china, flatware, and glassware
    • And more!
Additional Info
  • Please be aware that pricing may change to account for additional health and safety measures. Contact the venue for a personalized proposal for your event.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 0 0
Cocktails, etc. Standing 500 500
Reception Seated 500 500
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 500.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: This is a reception-only venue.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility can accommodate 500 seated or standing guests in an open-air setting.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night

Essential Info


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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


February–October, daily.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Penthouse / Rooftop
  • Zoo / Aquarium
  • Non-Profit

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Garden
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Other View
  • Panoramic
  • Waterfall

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: yes, extra fee may apply
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Dressing Areas: no
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided, extra fee may apply
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting:yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: forest/wooded areas, landscaped grounds
Other: picnic area


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