Private Events

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. 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 Savannah landscape 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.

 


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 500
  • Price: $1500
  • Max Rental Time: 2 hours

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 200
  • Price: $500
  • Max Rental Time: 2 hours

North American Exhibit

Eagles, wolves, otters and arctic fox surround the unique space. This exhibit 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 Zoo 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/hour
  • Max Rental Time:After hours by arrangement

 

 

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’s 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: $205
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Eagle’s Landing

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

  • Capacity: Up to 80
  • Price: $135
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Penguin’s 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: $110
  • Max Rental Time: Full Day

Birthday Parties

Create special memories when your child hears the wolves howl, meets new faces in the barnyard and comes face to face with an African Lion in the Big Cat & Primate House. The possibilities are endless at one of the best birthday party locations in the Lansing Area!

Year round, Potter Park Zoo is the perfect place to hold your child’s animal themed birthday party. With lots of different options available  your birthday celebration will be one to remember.

Click here to go to the Birthday Party page!