Imagine your once-in-a-lifetime wedding ceremony in a breathtaking garden and your reception overlooking stunning views of the gardens, zoo grounds, and Como Park. The spectacular beauty and elegance of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory combined with the dramatic setting of the Visitor Center will allow you to host both your ceremony and reception at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Enjoy the ambiance the indoor gardens offer for a ceremony or reception year-round, or plan your event in one of the many serene outdoor garden spaces. These venues provide beautiful photo ops–the perfect place for your big day.
For additional information, or to schedule your wedding ceremony at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, contact our Wedding and Facility Rentals Department:
For information about receptions and catering contact our exclusive on-site caterer, Lancer Catering:
Como Zoo’s Visitor Center and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory provide an exotic retreat for corporate meetings, conferences and special events. You’ll be just steps away from an animal experience and a tropical rain forest but miles away from the “office jungle.” The most productive business meetings take place away from the office and we believe you will be delighted to host your next corporate retreat, executive meeting or business function at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Contact Lancer Catering at 651-487-8282, visit lancercatering.com or e-mail [email protected].
The Visitor Center provides a beautiful and unique setting for corporate events – everything from retreats and conferences, to recognition banquets and holiday parties to cocktail receptions. The new Polar Bear Lodge provides guests with a smaller, intimate setting with a cozy fireplace, 42-inch LCD screen, StarBoard, and views of the new Polar Bear Odyssey exhibit. Our deliciously prepared and elegantly presented cuisine will add a special flavor to your event. Our expert event planners will manage all of the details from selecting a menu to providing impecable service. Contact Lancer Catering at 651-487-8282, visit lancercatering.com or e-mail [email protected]. For menus, click here.
Como Zoo Picnic Shelters are a spectacular place for picnics. Enjoy a wild stroll through Como Zoo, take a peaceful walk among the gardens of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, or join the thrills and excitement of Como Town amusement park with 18 rides and attractions. Then relax with your group in our picnic pavilion for a delicious catered meal. The Como Zoo Picnic Shelter is located on the grounds of Como Zoo and operated by Lancer Catering, the exclusive caterer of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. For rental information call 651-487-8282 or email [email protected].
Click here to view the picnic catering menu.
It’s the only place that lets you party like an animal and leave the cleaning to us! We now offer nine unique party themes – each with live animal and/or plant visitors, or a personal tour of a featured animal exhibit (public area). We can even provide pizza and cake, so the only party planning you need to think about is when to come!
Join us for a party so exciting kids (and parents) won’t notice how much they’re learning!
LIL’ ZOOKEEPER: Interact with plenty of hands-on activities for little ones and meet live animals.
ROCKIN’ REPTILES – Meet live reptiles like snakes, lizards, and turtles.
BOTANY AND THE BEAST – Meet live animals and plants that share a connection in nature.
RAINFOREST ROMP – Meet live plants and animals from the Tropical Rainforest
CRAZY ABOUT CATS -Includes personal tour (public area) of lion, tiger, cougar, and snow leopard exhibits.
PARTY WITH THE PRIMATES -Includes personal tour (public area) of orangutan, gorilla, lemur, and monkey exhibits.
POLAR BEARS & FRIENDS -Includes personal tour (public area) of seal/sea lion, penguin, puffin, and polar bear exhibits.
ZEBRAS, GIRAFFES & FOXES, OH MY! – Includes personal tour (public area) of zebra, giraffe, ostrich, kudu, fox, bison or reindeer exhibits.
Choose any animal at Como Zoo to sponsor! The Sponsor-an-Animal Certificate includes a personalized certificate, an animal information sheet and a photo of the animal you choose.
Cost: $5.00 each
Como’s birthday party gift bags are theme based and include age appropriate items such as stuffed animals, postcards, pencils, erasers and small toys. Gift bags are specially put together by our staff at Como’s Garden Safari Gifts.
Cost: $5.00 each
Due to time constraints and the safety of our animals, outside decorations, including balloons, are not allowed.
To book a party or for more information call 651-487-8272 or email us at [email protected].