Blank Park Zoo is an exotic wedding venue located in Des Moines, Iowa, that provides a unique and exciting setting for weddings. Nestled on 22 acres of land, this wildlife park allows guests to be entertained by zoo animals during the cocktail hour, offering an out-of-the-ordinary wedding experience.
Facilities and Capacity
This venue provides five outdoor and indoor facilities that can host up to 400 guests. The Discovery Center ballroom is best suited for weddings of 120 people or less and overlooks our indoor rainforest. The brand new Holmes Foster Events Center can accomodate up to 350 guests banquet style for larger wedding parties.
Blank Park Zoo offers spaces for hosting wedding ceremonies, receptions, baby showers, birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, and other special events. It has a friendly, attentive staff to choreograph and ensure that the event will be a complete success. They will help provide the following services:
Aside from being a wedding venue, Blank Park Zoo also offers educational and fun classes, educating young children and even adults on how to take care of the animals. The park also accommodates fun, educational field trips and camping, exhibiting the park’s rainforest and zoo animals.
6 Reviews for Blank Park Zoo
Recommended by 89% of couples
User6843250 · 2+ years ago
After first, it was a little rocky, because we ended up working with 3 coordinators, but once we got in contact with Gavin, it was smooth sailing. He was very accommodating and made things stress free during the big day. I was definitely happy we ended up having our wedding at the zoo, it's different and super easy to entertain your guests with. I would recommend this venue 100 times, they were truly amazing! :)Sent on 06/15/2016
Ashli · Married on 05/23/2014
The Zoo was by far the greatest venue I could have anticipated! Caitlin, the events coordinator at the zoo, was absolutely fantastic, and working with the staff at Johnny's (Audrey) was amazing! The day went so smoothly! A large part of that was meeting with Caitlin early on and being on the same page from the beginning. Everyone knew what was going on and where things needed to be. Caitlin has a ton of experience, and she was able to ask questions you might not typically think about, as well as give ideas of what other brides have done with the venue. It was a beautiful day, our pictures were stunning, and we are so thankful we had our wedding at the zoo!Sent on 09/01/2014
Blank Park Zoo's reply:Thank you for your kind words! I absolutely loved working with you!
Brooke · Married on 04/26/2014
We had our wedding at blank park zoo. It was a gorgeous setting and amazing place for unique pictures. Caitlin was wonderful with helping us plan and get ready for the big day! She responded very quickly to all of our questions, and let us in the zoo for free with an appointment whenever we needed to check out the space. I would recommend getting a zoo membership before booking the space, as it saves you money on the rental itself and you can get into the zoo whenever you want for free and to most of the events like zoo brew are included! Great unique place for any event!Sent on 06/04/2014
Blank Park Zoo's reply:Thank you so much for your kind words and congratulations to you and Nick :)
Blank Park Zoo Price Rates
10% discount off of full package fee for current Zoo members or those who become Zoo members at the time of booking.
Team of Blank Park Zoo
Rental & Sales Coordinator
Allison has worked in the Weddings & Special Events industry for over 6 years.
She began working part time for Ultimate Entertainment in Cedar Falls, IA. as a DJ and photo booth operator. As she spent more time observing the in's and out's of the wedding industry, she quickly grew to love it.
Quickly out of college, Allison began work as the Events & Sales Coordinator for the Grout Museum District. There she managed multiple event venues, including a historic home, the Science Center, and the Sullivan Brothers Veterans Museum.
Allison eventually relocated to Des Moines, IA. and worked for the Science Center of Iowa as their Rental & Sales Coordinator and now oversees all rentals at Blank Park Zoo.
Allison is dedicated to providing each and every one of her couples with a unique, one of a kind experience, and hosting your wedding at the Zoo is just the way to do that!
The staff at the Blank Park Zoo goes above and beyond to make every wedding and event perfect. Every request my most recent bride made during her event was met with an upbeat, positive response. Great staff to work with, great catering from Johnny's, and a fantastic venue!
If you are looking for a unique venue, and a great team to help you plan your event - look no further than Blank Park Zoo! They work hard to make sure you are thrilled with your ceremony & reception!
A wildly different place to have your reception and ceremony, if you like. Very friendly and easy to work with.