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$2,500 starting price
$750 starting price
Bar service
$34 per person
$2,750 starting price
$750 starting price
Bar service
$34 per person
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Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium is a zoo wedding venue located in Highland Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This one-of-a-kind venue offers two fantastic event spaces to host your wedding celebration. Here, you and your guests can enjoy immersive animal exhibits that will make your day truly unforgettable.

Facilities and Capacity

At the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, you can choose to host your ceremony and reception event in one of two unique settings. At the Aquarium, say ‘I do’ surrounded by cascading waterfalls and luscious rainforest foliage. Guests can marvel at the breathtaking aquatic wildlife on display. This event area can accommodate up to 200 seated guests and features two levels, allowing your guests to take in the beauty from the balcony level also.

The 7,200-square-foot Garden Tent offers an elegant wedding location surrounded by beautiful botanical gardens and luscious foliage. The illuminated white wedding tent can comfortably accommodate up to 300 guests for your ceremony and reception. String lights and drapery can transform this space into a fairytale aesthetic for your day.

Services Offered

Rental of Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium includes four hours of event time, tables and chairs. A shuttle service is available to take your guests directly from the venue entrance to the Aquarium. Catering (food and beverages) is provided by the Zoo's exclusive caterer, Taste, with a wide variety of cuisine to choose from. Outside vendors are welcome to serve your event, with setup and cleanup of your occasion provided by the in-house staff.

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Clean Up
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Set Up

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Cake Cutting

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House Beer
House Wine
Specialty Beer

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Covered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Outside Vendors

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Cocktail Reception
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer

What event items are available?

Dance Floor

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What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

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Reviews of Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium

4.7 out of 5 rating
4.7 out of 5 rating
52 Reviews
94% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.5 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.6 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.7 out of 5 rating
Kelly M. Sent on 05/13/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best Night Ever!

We do not know where to even start! We have waited 20 years to get married so we wanted a very special, unique wedding that would not be forgotten easily, and wow did they deliver! Caroline and NIcole as well as their assistants, was so amazing from start to finish. We could not have asked for better or kinder. You can tell they love what they do! From the time we stepped into the park the day of our wedding, we were treated like queens. Everything was about making our night the one that we dreamed of. And we were blown away by the kindness they showed to us. It has been a week since our wedding, and we still have people calling us raving about our wedding! If you are on the fence at all, Do it you will not be sorry!
Emmanuelle W. Sent on 04/18/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect day!

I cannot recommend the staff and venue at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium enough. My wife and I‘s first date was at the zoo and when we were looking for a venue we wanted to see if they hosted weddings, which they did! From the beginning Caroline and Nicole were fantastic. They walked us through each of the venue options at the zoo. It has three, an outdoor tent venue and two indoor venues, The Water’s Edge and the actual aquarium. And since we were getting married in March we chose an indoor venue, the actual aquarium. We decided to do both our ceremony and reception there.

They had a list of preferred vendors to choose from which was so helpful, but all catering was done in house. They walked us step by step through their catering and day of options. One thing I loved is that they provided a day of coordinator the wedding, Caroline herself! But Caroline was also there the entire planning time, about a year before to help us plan. Nicole, who was in charge of catering also walked us through all of our food choices. They did not provide a tasting but the reviews on the food were so good that we were excited to choose. There were a plethora of options! We told them that we wanted an entire vegetarian menu and they were able to accommodate that. And the food was amazing. Everything was delicious, and everybody said that they had more than enough to eat. They were also able to accommodate a few special allergies and diet on very short notice.

They were also really accommodating with our traditions. My mom is Haitian and so the dessert table was very important. They let us bring in whatever we wanted for that table. They also let my mom customize it however she wanted. They also helped us match colors and decor, and they worked with us to create a unique day of schedule. They answered emails and phone calls whenever we had them, and the planning was so simple. The even accommodated zoom calls with my parents who live in a different part of the state and couldn’t make it out for every meeting. We kept them posted with any changes and they kept track of everything.

We also had a nice window of time to drop things off for the wedding, and we had a full meeting two days before to explain every single item and what we wanted to do with them. And they set it up perfectly! Because the aquarium is open to guests we were not able to have an actual rehearsal but the meeting where we set up everything was so thorough that we felt that the day would go smoothly. Caroline Took us through the day step-by-step and told us exactly where everything would be, where we would stand, and how we would move from part to part. They also were able to accommodate a room for my new wife and I to have some moments alone which was wonderful. And they were available for anything we needed during the wedding and reception.

The day of was smooth and amazing. We were driven around the zoo in golf carts when we arrived and were able to shoot with our photographer at any outdoor place in the zoo. It was really cold and snowy that day but Caroline and her crew took us around wherever we wanted to go for photos. They also took extra trips to take our family, who was there early, to the venue. And once the actually event started we had a shuttle that ran continuously.

We are so happy we chose the aquarium venue. It was like getting married in a rainforest. So it was nice and warm on a very cold day. We really didn’t have to do any decorating at all, other than centerpieces, because of all the lush greenery, and Nicole and Caroline were able to walk us through exactly where we’re the best spots we should set up certain parts of the day such as the ceremony and the dance floor.

We also really liked that there were a lot of other things to do at the aquarium besides dancing during the reception. Because it was an aquarium, guests were able to walk around the venue and look at the exhibits. We have a lot of introverted friends so this was appreciated. It also allowed for people to take a little time away from the action when they got overwhelmed. They also have ambassador animals. We had a tenrec, a bearded dragon, a blue tongued skink, and python visit our wedding during the cocktail hour.

I had heard horror stories from my friends about things not going right at their wedding or them not knowing exactly what was going to happen. We didn’t have this problem at all. The zoo and the entire staff were so kind, informative, accepting and and understanding that I wish I could get married again just to have another wedding there. I recommend this venue to anyone looking for somewhere unique to have your wedding. And I want to thank Caroline and Nicole and the whole staff at the zoo for making the day beautiful amazing and low stress.
Tara G. Sent on 02/27/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Best Wedding venue ever

I am so thankful for Caroline and team, it was truly magical night! I didn't feel like I had to stress or worry about a single thing once I came through the front gates. Everything was taken care of and I could finally relax and enjoy myself. Everything was spectacular. I've received so many compliments about the venue, as well as the food. The food was absolutely delicious! The docents were truly lovely and adding a magical touch to the night as well. Your organization and assistance took a huge weight of my shoulders during the planning process. It was absolutely invaluable, and I truly feel I wouldn't have been able to realize my vision without them. It was everything I could've hoped for and then some.
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Great unique, professional and a totally creative environment for your beautiful wedding, reception, party, etc. A world class venue totally different from the traditional standard. Our studio highly recommends The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. -John Lokmer - Lokmer Photography Inc.

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Very unique and scenic for a wedding. A photographers dream location.


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Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium frequently asked questions

Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
The bar service starting price at Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
  • Specialty Beer
The space offered by Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Museum
  • Park
  • Zoo
Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi
Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Tables
  • Tents
Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium is recommended by 94% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.7 in flexibility, 4.7 in professionalism, 4.6 in value and 4.5 in average response time.

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