Blank Park Zoo

7401 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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4.4 out of 5.0
Guest capacity 20 to 350
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About Blank Park Zoo

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.

Services Offered
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:

  • Set up
  • Bride & Groom suites
  • Event planning
  • Sound/AV
  • Linens
  • Clean up


Other 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.

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Discovery Center Reception
Discovery Center Reception
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Reception in Events Center
Holmes Foster Events Center
Holmes Foster Events Center
Holmes Foster Events Center
Holmes Foster Events Center
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Reception in Events Center
Decor by Something Chic
Decor by Something Chic
Reception in Events Center
Reception in Events Center
Nighttime Carousel
Nighttime Carousel
Decor by Something Chic
Decor by Something Chic
Indoor waterfall
Indoor waterfall
Giraffe Feeding Deck
Giraffe Feeding Deck
Outdoor Ceremony setup
Outdoor Ceremony setup
Couple's portrait
Couple's portrait
Giraffe Feeding
Giraffe Feeding
Table set-up
Table set-up
Africa Pavilion Ceremony
Africa Pavilion Ceremony
Africa Boardwalk
Africa Boardwalk
Couple's portrait Aquarium
Couple's portrait Aquarium
Giraffe Feeding Deck
Giraffe Feeding Deck
Indoor Rainforest
Indoor Rainforest
Daytime Carousel
Daytime Carousel
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Couple kissing
Couple kissing
Couple kissing
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Wedding party
Cocktail hour in the Aquairum.
Cocktail hour in the Aquairum.
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Pavilion Reception
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Discovery Center Reception
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Reception in Events Center
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6 Reviews for Blank Park Zoo

Recommended by 89% of couples


4.4 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.5
  • Professionalism 4.3
  • Flexibility 4.3
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.3
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    Ashli · Married on 05/23/2014

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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!
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    Brooke · Married on 04/26/2014

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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 :)

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Blank Park Zoo Pricing

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Blank Park Zoo FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 3000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 3000
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Server(s)
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    350
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    20
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    6
  • Describe your venue:
    Park
    Zoo
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Bar Services
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Liability Insurance
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Preferred Vendors Only
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Altar/Arch
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April
    November
    December

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

  • Blank Park Zoo 1
    Zoo Member Discount

    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

Allison Bollinger

Allison Bollinger

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!

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Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements

  • Lauren Campbell Photography Wedding Photographers

    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!

  • A Special Event DJ & Photobooth Wedding DJs

    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!

  • Absolute Music DJ Service Wedding DJs

    A wildly different place to have your reception and ceremony, if you like. Very friendly and easy to work with.

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  • 7401 SW 9th Street Des Moines, IA, 50315 See on map
    515-420-1725 (Phone number)
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