Elmwood Park Zoo

1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown, PA
Capacity: 350 people

About Elmwood Park Zoo

The Elmwood Park Zoo is an ideal venue for corporate events, family gatherings, fundraisers, parties, bar/bat mitzvahs…even weddings! Create a unique and lasting experience for your guests by adding animal feedings, pony rides, face painting, a zoo tour, animal encounters and more to your special event. Contact one of our events specialists today. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available to rent day or night and year-round. • Canopy Gardens Hall - The Canopy Gardens Hall is our featured indoor venue at the Elmwood Park Zoo. Featuring wooden finishes throughout the building and a beautiful stone accent wall, the Canopy Gardens Hall provides for a cozy lodge-like feel suitable for any occasion. The hall is perfect for weddings and has provided a wonderful atmosphere for many events. • Callie Mae Picnic Pavilion - The Callie Mae Picnic Pavilion is the zoo’s featured outdoor covered facility. The pavilion is perfect for picnics, company outings and is a wonderful option if you are planning a daytime event at the zoo. • Olivia’s Eagle Canyon Observation Deck - The deck is a wonderful location for meet and mingles, cocktail receptions, wedding ceremonies, and presentations. Any event held on the deck is sure to wow your guests, with the majestic Eagle Canyon as the backdrop for the event. • Rustic Red Barn - For those looking for a more rustic feel, Elmwood Park Zoo’s barn provides a wonderful setting. Whether you are hosting a cocktail reception or a ceremony, the barn area can create that elegant rustic feel that enhances your event. • Zoo Bowl Theater - The theater is a great location for ceremonies, presentations and performances. The rustic look and feel will provide for a fun, immersive environment. • Duck Pond - With the pond as your backdrop, your event will both look elegant and tie into the classic zoo aesthetic. Exchange vows as the swan passes by, or host a cocktail reception and let loose amongst our wild friends! • Bison Exhibit Archway - The archway located by our bison exhibit provides for a beautiful outdoor venue for a wedding ceremony or cocktail reception. What better way to tie in your event with the zoo than to have your event located in front of one of our wildest inhabitants? • Reserve the Whole Zoo JUST FOR YOU! - The ENTIRE zoo is available to rent for private after hour events and all exhibits will remain open, EXCLUSIVELY for your guests. Be sure to inquire with our banquet manager about our Cocktail Safari options to enhance the evening as well!

Event Spaces

Cougar Cafe
Picnic Area


Awesome place for a wedding! - An Eventective User from BARTONSVILLE, PA

I can't say enough good things about this venue. Many people would be shocked to realize that you can get married at a zoo, but let me tell you, my wedding was AWESOME. The layout of the reception is just perfect. The room is beautiful and the doors in the front all slide open and you can walk freely in and out. They set up the bar outside and it worked out perfectly. All night people were on the dance floor, but those that were at the bar or hanging out outside could still feel like the were completely part of the reception. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but my expectations were beyond exceeded. At the end of the night, I told the staff that I really have zero complaints. It was truly a perfect night. They are extremely flexible and will work with you on every little detail. I have very crafty women in my family and they let them arrive at 9am to set up the ceremony area even though the zoo was open. It looked STUNNING! There are so many areas to choose from when deciding where to have the ceremony-they will let you decide what works best for your vision! The food was great and we added an ice cream sundae station for dessert. Everyone went on and on about how good it was! The cake was included in the price and comes from Kriebels Custom Bakery. It was 5 tiers, beautiful, and delicious. This place is definitely worth checking out!!! I am such a nervous person and felt so sick over things going right. I had no reason to be nervous. Eric, who I worked with directly, was amazing and pulled through on every little detail!!!

Venue Types
  • Max Number of People for an Event: 350