Blank Park Zoo

7401 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315 Map · Phone number
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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 setting for weddings. Nestled on 22 acres of land, guests will walk through the rainforest to get to the ceremony site. This wildlife park lets the guests be entertained by zoo animals during the cocktail hour, offering an out-of-the-ordinary wedding experience.

Facilities and Capacity
This venue provides six outdoor and indoor facilities that can host up to 500 guests. Overlooking the rainforest, the indoor venue that is best for receptions features floor-to-ceiling windows.

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 guide couples and help provide the following services:

  • Set up
  • Bridal suite
  • Event planning
  • Sound/AV
  • 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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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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  • User6843250 · 2+ years ago

    5.0
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      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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
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    Ashli · Married on 05/23/2014

    5.0
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      5.0
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    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
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    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 FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • 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? 500
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 5
  • 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? Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Set Up
  • What event items are available? Altar/Arch, Audio Equipment, Chairs, Photo booth, Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available? Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Wheelchair Access

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements

  • Lauren Campbell Photography
    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
    A Special Event DJ 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
    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, 50315 See on map
    5159742506 (Phone number)

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