Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a wedding venue catering to the needs of couples getting married in the Greater Columbus area. One of the best zoos in the country, you can host a truly remarkable event with your friends and family. Imagine having this iconic venue to yourself after hours with wonderful naturalistic settings and boardwalk views of the Scioto River. Inquire with Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to book your special day!
Facilities and Capacity
Couples are able to host grand celebrations of up to 400 people. Say your vows on the outdoor patio overlooking the African safari. Who knows, maybe a giraffe will stop by to watch you say “I do”! Hold your reception in their event center, a rustic venue that emulates the safari around you. With natural wood accents, views of the animals and river and access to the outdoor pavilion, you will be able to take advantage of all that this great venue has to offer.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a full-service wedding venue with on-site catering and event coordination available. Their services include:
Select from a range of serving options for your wedding day, including buffet, hors d’oeuvres, plated meals and stations. Braised beef short ribs, salmon fillet, skillet seared crab cakes and New York strip steak are just some of the many delicious entrée selections couples may choose from for their wedding reception meal.
This venue is located in Powell, Ohio, 20 minutes northwest of Downtown Columbus. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is right on the Scioto River and next to the Safari Golf Club.
Recommended by 95% of couples
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Emily · Married on 10/10/2015
This is an absolutely wonderful and unforgettable venue for a wedding. The contacts at the zoo are so easy to work with and incredibly accommodating - they certainly made planning my wedding a breeze. The venue takes care of many services as well: linens, food, the bar, seating, etc., so those were things I did not have to worry about at all. I loved the outside setting for the ceremony and cocktail hour, as well as the addition of the animals. It made for an incredibly entertaining and unique evening that no one will ever forget. I highly, highly recommend the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for your event!
Katherine · Married on 06/09/2018
Amanda Januzzi went above and beyond for us, answering all our crazy emails and questions throughout the planning process. She really helped us plan our wedding from day one. The venue was gorgeous at the Heart of Africa, and I really appreciate that their per person costs include the bar in with it. The food was good, the service was excellent, and the staff members that we got to meet throughout the planning process were wonderful.
Allyson · Married on 05/27/2018
We had the best experience at the zoo with Amanda and Brooke! I could not have imagined a better wedding experience. The Africa event center is absolutely stunning. The food and alcohol which come from venue is amazing! The selection of food is incredible and the catering Team was just as great to work with. We have gotten so many compliments about the entire process from family and friends.
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Can't ask for something more fun than a zoo wedding. Great location and staff.