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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Melissa · Married on 02/23/2019
The Best Venue in Baltimore
Our wedding at the Mansion House at the Maryland Zoo was an absolute dream. It all started with the incredible team at the Zoo - Jane and Brittney.
Jane joined us for our initial walk-through and helped my now husband and I visual the possibilities of our wedding. The absolutely fabulous Brittney Christian guided us through the rest of our planning and made our vision a reality. We couldn't have asked for a better person to see us through - thank you for being the best, Brittney!!
Our winter wedding was indoors and the interior is so warm, it convinces you that you are in a bright, sunny room - even if your wedding is planned in the evening. There is so much space in the Mansion House, it was very easy for our 120 guests to move around.
Your wedding photos will be incredible. There are several places around the Zoo, including a formally used tiger cage and the carousel, you can stop and take your bride and groom pictures.
To save the best for last - yes, the penguins are an AMAZING perk to booking your wedding at the Zoo. My husband and I had our ceremony and then immediately met Sally and Eddie. It seems impossible that there will be a better hour for the rest of our lives. We spent about 15 minutes with the penguins for private photos and then the guests had the opportunity to pose with the penguins for the rest of the cocktail hour. There's nothing quite like looking through photos the next morning and seeing all of your family and friends posing with penguins.
This is far and away one of the most unique experience you can imagine for your wedding. If you're still searching, the Maryland Zoo is absolutely a top notch option.
Lindsey Norris · Married on 01/19/2019
The Maryland Zoo Mansion House was a perfect venue. It's a gorgeous building inside and out, has an interesting history, and provides a comfortable, carpet-covered dance floor (if you don't pay to have a wooden one temporarily put in) that allowed my guests to enjoy dancing the night away without uncomfortable wedding shoes. :-) This venue made me feel extremely elegant with it's pale yellow walls, beautiful chandeliers, and expansive windows. It also provided us the opportunity to meet Sally the Penguin - an unforgettable experience for both ourselves and our guests. My husband and I also love that using the zoo as our venue helps bring money back to use for the care and maintenance of the animals and their habitats. We worked with Jane and Jackie, primarily, and both made our experience wonderfully fun and easy. I highly recommend checking out this fantastic venue!
Staci Kuehn · Married on 12/30/2018
I Do at the Zoo!
We got married on December 8th, 2018 at the Maryland Zoo. We love to visit zoos wherever we go so we felt this was the perfect wedding venue for us! The ceremony and reception took place in the mansions house which is a gorgeous building with windows all around and chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. If you are looking for one huge open room this will not be for you, as the area is split into three large hallways; but there is a ton of room, I loved it personally. We chose two animals to come for cocktail hour, the penguin and the skunk; the zoo keepers are so educational and kept the guests entertained. This venue is also so much more affordable then others in the area. You do have to use a caterer from their list, but there are plenty of options at different price points, we went with Hunt Valley Catering. Jackie and Jane were so helpful with the process. Jackie helped organize the wedding day and set up some of my small details. She also took us around the zoo in a gold cart for photos, I can’t wait to see them all! Our wedding day turned out 10x better than I ever expected it to, I couldn’t be happier and I give most of that credit to our beautiful venue, the Zoo!
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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!