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San Diego Zoo & Safari Park

San Diego, CA View map Visit website
4.9 out of 5 rating
55 reviews
$18k - $21k For 100 Guests
Up to 250 guests

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$18k - $21k For 100 Guests
Up to 250 guests

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park is a wedding venue situated in San Diego, California. With options for getting married to views of rhinos, giraffes, and gazelles in the distance, your day will be so special. Ideal for animal and nature lovers alike, this zoo can host your one-of-a-kind celebration.

Facilities and Capacity

Couples have three ceremony sites and six reception options for the special day, allowing each couple to find the space that reflects their wedding vision. Many of the venue options can be paired with one another to create a bigger space. Some highlights of the ceremony spaces include options for an African safari theme, with safari-inspired accents, trees, animals, and plains. An intimate lagoon spot with exotic plants near the water and lawn setting with sweeping branches, and extraordinary animals, is also a great ceremony site choice. Accommodations at the ceremony sites range from 100-250 guests. With so many reception sites, options include a beautiful African building with 35-foot vaulted ceilings and stunning lights or a lush, tropical space without walls. There are also venues featuring specific animals like an expansive terrace overlooking the zoo’s elephants and a mystical bamboo passage into a tranquil forest with tigers, Indonesian longhouses, and a gorgeous interior with floor-to-ceiling windows. The Zoofari Party Area is ideal for a large outdoor celebration with vibrant decor.

Services Offered

The staff at San Diego Zoo & Safari Park will go above and beyond to make your day as incredible as possible. They have an experienced team who will guide you through every step of the way for stress-free planning. Included in the rental fee are chairs, clean up, linens, parking, setup, and tables. There is also in-house catering and an in-house bar for an exceptional day. Of course, your wedding at the zoo can be filled with animal encounters if you choose. This zoo features rare and dynamic species, from birds to reptiles to mammals, that will be an incredible, exciting addition for your day.

Cuisine

There are many catering services and menu options at the San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, ranging offerings. Many menus include bar service with beer, wine and soft drinks, a choice of cheese and vegetable display, or two passed hors d’oeuvres.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$7,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$6,000

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?

$1,700

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1,700

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$24

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Wine
Limited Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

250

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

50

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

12

Describe your venue:

Garden
Historic Building
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
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Set Up

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
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

What event items are available?

Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
June
September
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
July
August
December
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    Stacey J. Married on 10/02/2022
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    Best wedding ever! (according to our guests and us)

    Our wedding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park was absolutely incredible! We had a small guest count - only about 60 guests, and so chose the Harusi Lawn/Longhouse at Tiger Trail venue combination. These locations were perfect, absolutely stunning, and so very us. We added the animal encounter to our cocktail hour and did not regret it! Our guests were raving about it and the animals we got to learn about were incredible! We highly recommend adding this encounter if it is in your budget, because really, where else will you get to have this amazing private animal encounter as entertainment for your wedding? It was a beautiful educational experience and so special for everyone.
    We had the amazing opportunity to work with Alyssa as our point of contact for the venue and could not have been happier. She was extremely detailed in her answers and always prompt in her responses. We appreciated her working with us to have our dream of a boba vendor at our wedding as well - also another aspect our guests seemed to love! We had a bit of a kerfuffle at the very start of our inquiry into having our wedding at the Safari Park, as the original coordinator we had been in contact with suddenly stopped working there right as we were trying to finalize our wedding date. Luckily we were swiftly taken care of - we were contacted by the Safari Park with a call and then promptly by email and got everything straightened out. Alyssa was placed as our venue coordinator and immediately got the ball rolling again. We are very grateful for her!
    We also want to shout out the venue staff - from the waitstaff, to the bartenders, to the shuttle drivers. Everyone was so lovely and nice - our guests had a great time interacting with them. During dinner service, the staff were all so kind of quick - we really are so grateful for every one of them!
    Overall, we highly recommend having your wedding at the Safari Park! It is such a unique and amazing experience - plus profits will go back towards animal conservation. So not only are guests having a good time, but every guest invited is also helping the park and the animals. The gorgeous venue locations and the fact that we could include an animal encounter during our cocktail hour was so extremely special. Because the whole park is already so gorgeous, minimal decor was needed - really, if you wanted to save money and you were at the Harusi Lawn venue for your ceremony, you could probably pass on florals with how gorgeous it is! We opted to enhance with some gorgeous florals, but I can definitely see it working without any as well. We also were very lucky in that the tigers remained out of their covered homes the entire night! So our guests got to see them up close all night long (the tigers chose to chill right next to the windows by the dinner tables). We love what the SDZ Wildlife Alliance stands for and does, and what a fun way to be a part of that!
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    Josh G. Married on 09/04/2022
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    Even better than we dreamed

    Couldn’t ask for a better wedding. Nikki was the absolute best, she even got our guest popsicles at the last second since the ceremony was a little hot. If you’re looking for a fun, memorable place to get married than this is the spot. We didn’t even look at other venues.
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    Tiffany V. Married on 07/02/2022
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    A Wildly Lovely Time!

    As a teacher who has planned events, I thought I could plan a wedding without a planner. Although this was foolish, our wedding went smoothly because of Alyssa Good's organization and communication. Alyssa was our San Diego Safari Park coordinator. She helped us plan the menu, set up safe transportation for our guests, and do everything from finding the best bakery (Twiggs) to finding a perfect first-look spot. Weddings at the zoo include website and invitation language ideas, detailed timeline templates, and planners detailing the decor, ceremony, and reception setup. Alyssa gave us table sizes to pick from, and layouts with color choices. Not only was everything perfectly laid out and clear to understand, but Alyssa was always so supportive. She conferenced with me over the phone when I was worried about our florals, and she helped me get a hold of our musician when he had not returned calls.
    On our wedding day, Alyssa and her whole team made everything perfect. Jerome (our helper at the rehearsal dinner) helped us with carousel photo ops, and a driver helped me with my bouquet and overskirt when my bridesmaids were missing. Another worker geeked out with us over our binturong cake and hugged us at the end of the night, thanking us for how well our wedding went when in reality, they are the people who made our wedding perfect.
    We did an animal encounter experience add-on for our guest, which was adorably unique. We had an anteater, a porcupine, two macaws, a tortoise, an armadillo, and an echidna friend at our wedding. The experience was educational and interactive, and our guests loved it. Some of our best wedding pictures are of us giggling and adoring the cute critters at our reception.
    The zoo staff are loving and caring people. They made sure we had appetizers and drinks on our table when we were busy so we would get to eat. They reminded us to eat too! (The food was fantastic, by the way, and all our guests raved about the 24 braised beef short ribs and the pistachio salmon) They ensured my mother-in-law had a glass of wine when she missed cocktail hour to take pictures. They were just kind.
    The venue itself was beautiful. We were married in the Mombasa Pavilion among beautiful strokes, pelicans, cormorants, and swans. At twilight, bats swooped around the lagoon, creating a magical backdrop for nighttime dancing. It was perfect, and we can't recommend our venue or the zoo team enough.
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What a FUN & UNIQUE spot for special events & weddings! Nothing says ADVENTURE like a wedding setup near Tiger Trail! Such a cool place for guests, for eye candy, for exciting noises at night! We absolutely love working at both the Zoo and the Safari Park and have so much fun with the designs we can create to capture the NATURAL BEAUTY of these locations. The Catering team is amazing and offers so much in the event options and reminds you that, with so much excitement around you, there is not much else you need to do to make it a COOL EVENT!

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San Diego Zoo & Safari Park frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at San Diego Zoo & Safari Park?

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at San Diego Zoo & Safari Park includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Wine
  • Limited Bar

What are the most important characteristics of San Diego Zoo & Safari Park in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by San Diego Zoo & Safari Park for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Zoo

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at San Diego Zoo & Safari Park for wedding events?

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does San Diego Zoo & Safari Park offer?

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does San Diego Zoo & Safari Park offer for wedding events?

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Set Up

What furniture and decorations does San Diego Zoo & Safari Park have available for wedding events?

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend San Diego Zoo & Safari Park and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 5 in average response time, 5 in professionalism, 4.9 in value and 4.8 in flexibility.

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