VISITOR CENTER

Como Zoo’s Visitor Center provides a stunning venue and natural ambiance for an elegant social event or an efficient setting for a business conference, executive retreat or corporate meeting. Ambiance abounds in the Visitor Center, which features 65,000 square feet of space including private rooms for meetings or social events. It’s perfect for sit down dinners, buffets or cocktail receptions for 20 to 500 guests.

Amenities include:

  • Five flexible meeting & event spaces
  • A fully-equipped auditorium with state-of-the-art technology
  • An enclosed walkway to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
  • High-speed Internet access and comprehensive audio/visual technology

Covered Porch

Overlooking the well-manicured lawns of Como Park, the Porch features beautiful vistas no matter what the season. Gracious and beautiful appointments make this room a favorite for larger gatherings while still preserving an intimate atmosphere. Just outside the floor to ceiling windows, a pristine water lily pond enhances the front of the facility.

Capacities

 

Reception

500

Seated

250

Buffet

225

Bullard Rainforest Auditorium

From the second floor of the Visitor Center, the Bullard Rainforest Auditorium has spectacular views of the Bird exhibit and surrounding zoo. This space is excellent for larger business meetings, receptions or corporate events.

Capacities

 

Reception

500

Seated

200

Buffet

168

Theater

200

Classroom

160

Como Room and Travelers Room

Nestled on the second floor of the Visitor Center, these intimate spaces offer the opportunity to overlook the upper canopy of the Tropical Encounters exhibit. Drawing inspiration from the tropics, you will experience the sights and sounds of an ecosystem from above.

Capacities

 

Reception

60-65

Seated

48-56

Buffet

40-48

Theater

50-55

Classroom

40-45

Berglund Room and Dex Media Room

Perfect for a medium sized group that seeks space for a business meeting or traditional classroom, these rooms offer a setting for lectures, meetings and corporate events.

Capacities

 

Reception

85-100

Seated

72-80

Buffet

64-72

Theater

65-70

Classroom

50-55

Zobota Cafe

Adjoining the South Patio, the Zobota Café provides views of the Bird Yard and Como Zoo grounds. This space is well-suited for evening receptions.

Capacities

 

Reception

150

Seated

100

Buffet

80

Theater

80

Classroom

65

Polar Bear Lodge

Located adjacent to the new Polar Bear Odyssey exhibit, this intimate space is perfect for small receptions. The Lodge offers up-close views of the Polar Bear Odyssey exhibit and pre-function reception space features underwater and up-close viewing of the bears.

Capacities

 

Reception

50

Seated

30

Buffet

25

Classroom

24

Terrace

Step outside onto our beautiful terrace where vistas of Como Park and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory open up before your eyes. Spring and summer offer a view of sweeping flower gardens and majestic trees. Fall brings its own wonders of bright colors.

Capacities

 

Reception

250

South Patio

Located just outside the Visitor Center, this space offers an expansive view and is perfect for larger outdoor events.

Capacities

 

Reception

400

Seated

250

Buffet

200

To reserve a space in the Visitor Center, and for complete food, beverage and event planning services, contact our catering partner, Lancer Catering, at 651-487-8282 or email [email protected]

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