Plan An Event

Looking for a unique and exotic venue for your next function? Look no further! Potter Park Zoo features some of the area’s best sites to host your next meeting, party or family gathering.

Indoor Space

The indoor space at Potter Park Zoo can host anything from a small wedding or cocktail party to a company retreat. The facilities are state of the art and ready to welcome your guests at your next major event.

Safari Room 

This space overlooks the otter, eagle and arctic fox exhibits. It includes access to the kitchen. Cocktail parties, receptions and formal dinners work very well in this room.

  • Capacity: Up to 200
  • Price: $575
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Coral Reef Room 

Located just off the entrance plaza, this space features a beautifully hand-painted coral reef mural. It is perfect for board meetings and break out sessions.

  • Capacity: Up to 40
  • Price: $400
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Savannah Room 

Near the entrance plaza, this space features a beautifully hand-painted African mural and includes a sink and faucet. It is ideal for birthday parties or board meetings; or couple with the Dino room for the perfect bride and groom rooms.

  • Capacity: Up to 30
  • Price: $250
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Dino Room

This space near the entrance plaza features a beautifully hand-painted dinosaur mural. A sink and faucet are included in this room. It is ideal for birthday parties or board meetings; or couple with the Savannah room for the perfect bride and groom rooms.

  • Capacity: Up to 30
  • Price: $250
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Vezu 

This building is located in the center of the zoo, convenient to many animal exhibits. It features a large overhead door that can be opened to the outdoors. It is a great gathering place for group trips to the zoo.

  • Capacity: Up to 30
  • Price: $150
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

 

Outdoor Space

Our outdoor space allows guests to enjoy the environment at the zoo and be near the animals. These spaces can host an unlimited number of guests and are a unique opportunity to bring something new to your event.

Restaurant Terrace

Overlooking the Green Space, this location offers a spectacular view of the rhino and lion exhibits. The outdoor space is perfect for cocktail parties or wedding overflow seating.

  • Capacity: Up to 100
  • Price: $500
  • Max Rental Time: 2 hours

Lions Sensory Garden

This space was designed with sounds and smells that stimulate the senses. It works well for small cocktail parties and weddings. The gazebo is an intimate locations for your wedding proposal or ceremony.

  • Capacity: Up to 30
  • Price: $500
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Campground 

Our largest venue features acres of rolling, wooded lawn and is very private. It can accommodate a stage and has a large fire pit with seating. This space is great for a large corporate picnic or natural woodsy wedding.

  • Capacity: Up to 3000
  • Price: $1500
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Green Space 

The green space is surrounded by many exhibits including the rhino and lion exhibits and the Bird and Reptile House. It is open and spacious and features two elevated stages. It is perfect for picnics, weddings or after hour dinners.

  • Capacity: Up to 300
  • Price: $1500
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Memorial Garden

This intimate, unique space is sponsored by Tomorrow’s Child and is a children’s memorial. It is secluded from the main walkways and very private. This space features a paved walk and large pergola.

  • Capacity: Up to 20
  • Price: $500
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Backyard Garden 

The backyard garden features a deck overlooking the Red Cedar River, several winding pathways and a children’s play structure. The space is perfect for an intimate wedding or garden party.

  • Capacity: Up to 100
  • Price: $500
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

North American Exhibit

Eagles, wolves, otters and arctic fox surround the unique space. IT is great for a mix-and-mingle, as it has bench seating and a pavilion connected the the otter exhibit, which can be lit in the evening.

  • Capacity: Up to 150
  • Price: $500
  • Max Rental Time: 2 hours

Exclusive Use of Park Grounds 

Would you like to have the zoo all to yourself and your guests? An after-hours visit to the zoo makes for a truly memorable experience. Corporate outings and conference fun nights work well in this setting.

  • Capacity: Virtually Unlimited
  • Price: $1000
  • Max Rental Time: After Hours

 

 

Pavilions

Organizing a potluck, family reunion or company picnic? Look no further. Potter Park Zoo has the space for you! Our pavilions, located just outside of the zoo, are the perfect spaces for entertaining friends and family.

To reserve a Potter Park pavilion please call 517-342-2765.

Tiger Den 

Located with in 500 feet from the playground, this pavilion can be open to the outdoors or completely enclosed. Amenities include restrooms, picnic tables, two large grills and power outlets.

Full Pavilion:

  • Capacity: Up to 300
  • Price: $175
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Half Pavilion

  • Capacity: Up to 150
  • Price: $100
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Eagles Landing

Located closest to the zoo entrance and playground, this pavilion features picnic tables, and grill and power outlets. 

  • Capacity: Up to 80
  • Price: $100
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Penguin Cove 

Located on the Lansing River Trail with access to more than 13 miles of paved nature trails, this pavilion offers a secluded outdoor environment. It features its own parking lot, picnic tables, a grill and power outlets.

  • Capacity: Up to 60
  • Price: $75
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day