The Inside Scoop


The First Look

Located in bustling Toledo, Ohio, The Toledo Zoo invites couples to get those fantastic "first-look" photos in front of the iconic blue Toledo Zoo sign with its climbing monkeys, slithering snakes and colorful frogs. A variety of event venues makes The Toledo Zoo an elegant location for both intimate wedding celebrations and grand receptions with up to 300 guests.

Nairobi Event Pavilion. The Nairobi Event Pavilion at The Toledo Zoo is filled with tropical plants, bright blooming flowers and colorful birds that serenade guests with their sweet chirping songs. With space for up to 500 guests in stunning African savannas surrounded by bamboo-screened walls, the Nairobi Event Pavilion is a whimsical location for a wonderful wedding celebration. State-of-the-art lighting and sound capabilities and a large dance floor ensure that the party continues late into the night.

The Lodge. Located near the wilds of Africa, the Lodge is adjacent to the Primate Forest where hoots and howls accompany the musicians, giving each wedding the feel of an African adventure. A gleaming dance floor and seating for 150 guests makes the Lodge an excellent location for a more intimate wedding and reception celebration.

The Great Hall. With plenty of space for up to 140 guests, the Great Hall is located right inside the Museum of Science in one of the historic zoo buildings. A gorgeous dance floor, spectacular lighting and an attached outside courtyard for a romantic cocktail hour make the Great Hall an excellent choice for both an indoor wedding and an intimate outdoor reception celebration.

The Arctic Encounter. A secret hideaway surrounded by sparkling waterfalls and artificial rock exhibits, the Arctic Encounter has plenty of space for up to 50 guests for a quiet indoor wedding ceremony. Polar bears frolic alongside pretty streams and chilly ice surrounds the Arctic Encounter.

The Aquarium. Surrounded by a bevy of fishy friends, couples celebrate a complete cocktail hour with a colorful coral reef or a sleek swimming shark. Space for up to 70 guests means an intimate location for a reception or indoor wedding celebration.


What You Should Know

The Toledo Zoo is a full-service wedding and event facility with a huge selection of indoor and outdoor venues for wedding and reception celebrations. Delicious wedding menus include buffet or plated entrees with herb crusted turkey, pork roast and chicken Parmesan or vegetarian options like the eggplant Roulade. Plated meals are served by white-gloved waiters and include scrumptious crab cakes, New York strip steak or elegant surf and turf along with a variety of dishes for vegetarian diners. Bar service is available in each wedding venue and custom cocktails or a delicious signature drink definitely adds fun to the menu. Wedding packages include chairs, setup and tear down of each event and a rehearsal when the reception is booked with the venue. Ample parking is available at The Toledo Zoo with valet parking at an additional cost.


Extra Perks

The Toledo Zoo's array of venues become a huge perk for couples who are planning a wedding in Toledo.

  • Close to lodging and entertainment
  • On-site Timberline Bakery for wedding cakes
  • Animals to accent each wedding venue

From the Vendor

Toledo's destination wedding location...

Your guests can travel to faraway places, without ever leaving Toledo. Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres overlooking Africa, dinner in the Arctic, mingling near a Caribbean reef, dancing in Nairobi, the zoo is your wedding getaway. With our all-inclusive packages & event staff, your wedding will be amazing

Amenities + Details

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Liability Insurance

  • Indoor

  • Reception Area

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$$ – Moderate

Venue Capacity



Ballroom, Museum, Park

Wedding Categories

Food + Catering, Planning


Contact Info

2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH (419) 385-5721