A unique wedding venue in Baltimore, Maryland, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore offers couples the chance to say “I do” at the zoo! Its beautiful indoor and outdoor facilities provide majestic ambience in the form of individually controlled chandeliers, buttery yellow paintwork and white trim and gold leaf detailing. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore provides a truly elegant setting for an exceptional night to remember.
Facilities and Capacity
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the perfect choice for hosting your wedding day festivities. The historic Mansion House features large windows that overlook Druid Hill Park and accommodates up to 180 guests. The Lakeside Pavilion features a spectacular waterfront view complete with a fountain and also accommodates 180 guests. Accommodating anywhere from 50 to 5,000 guests, the Waterfowl Lake Pavilion provides beautifully landscaped grounds for an outdoor celebration.
Couples who elect to utilize the venue to celebrate their special day benefit from a variety of services and amenities. Options include, but are not limited, event planning and rentals.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is conveniently located in Baltimore’s Druid Hill neighborhood. The venue is approximately 10 minutes from a number of popular landmarks, such as Druid Hill Park and Jones Falls Trail.
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Anna G · Married on 08/03/2019
The Maryland Zoo was the perfect venue for our ceremony and reception. Jane and Jackie were amazing to work with from start to finish. After touring the space with Jane, we knew we didn't need to keep looking any longer. Jane was so helpful answering all of our questions and gave us a huge list of recommended vendors for all aspects of the wedding and went through it with us providing more detail for each. That list and all her experience and knowledge made the vendor search so easy. All of our vendors were thrilled to be working at the zoo and had a great history and working relaitionship with the zoo. Jackie was our day of coordinator and was instrumental in making the day run more smoothly than we could ever have imagined it would. She was there to answer any questions, direct traffic, coordinate with vendors, and drive the golf cart around. In terms of the physical venue itself, the zoo made for an amazing day. We had our ceremony at the Lakeside Pavillion which was a beautiful outside space. There was a shaded area at ground level (no stairs to navigate) for the eldery and a golf cart to shuffle them from ceremony to reception. The Mansion House can be used as a backup Ceremony location in the event of rain or excessive heat, so even though the forcast looked like it might be trouble we were not stressed at all. The Mansion House itself was a beautiful place to have the reception. All the glass windows let in a lot of natural light which made the space so inviting. The front steps of the Mansion House made for a great picture spot. The bar and buffet were placed at either end of the seating wings, so nobody felt bad about being near the back and allowed guests to mingle as they walked by. Both wings had great views of our sweetheart table and met at the dance floor. We opted not to add the hard surface for the dance floor and using the carpet worked out great. The Mansion House also had a separate room set aside for just us that allowed us to escape when we needed to and get ready/make adjustments. Also was useful for my elderly grandmother to take a nap in! The animal ambassadors (Peach the Penguin and Yang the Alligator) were also a huge hit. Overall, the Zoo was so much fun and so easy to work with. The staff were amazing and the event spaces (both the Lakeside Pavillion and Mansion House) were incredible. I recommend the Zoo to everyone!Sent on 08/05/2019
Sophie · Married on 07/20/2019
Wonderful and unique experience!! Getting married with Penguins!!
Maryland Zoo has been wonderful from the beginning. Jane has been great to work with. They have hosted many weddings and events so they are very experienced.Sent on 08/03/2019
The venue itself (we did it at the Mansion House) is gorgeous!! The 200-year-old mansion house has an elegant and timeless feel. Most importantly, you can request animal ambassadors to the reception. So of course, we got the penguins. :)
Maryland Zoo is also one of the most reasonably priced venues that we found. The package also comes with a day-of-coordinator (Brittany was amazing!!) and pre-wedding bridal shoots around the zoo.
Our guests commented on how beautiful and venue is and how unique the experience was. We are truly appreciative of the Maryland Zoo and would highly recommend newlyweds get married here.
Stephanie Beer · Married on 05/19/2019
Incredible and Unforgettable day
The Maryland Zoo was the perfect place to host our ceremony and reception. The staff there is wonderful and responsive. We had a beautiful and unforgettable experience and I could not recommend them more.Sent on 05/28/2019
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I love being the wedding photographer for Zoo weddings! It's a unique venue with gorgeous backdrops and the chance to have adorable animals at your cocktail hour to interact with and bring joy to your guests. Jane and Jackie are well organized, professional and friendly, and they will see your event through to ensure the perfect evening!
Wild and wacky, soft and romantic, no matter the occasion or style of the celebration The Zoo is sure to delight! And Jane, she is the icing on the cake!
This venue is so unique! Where can you have animal ambassadors visit you and your guests during cocktails? The Lakeside Pavilion is a great location for a ceremony and the Mansion House is such a cool place for a reception! Jane and her staff take great pride in their venue and in making sure each celebration is perfect. We highly recommend!