San Diego Zoo Safari Park Est. Prior to 1930

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA, USA

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s beautiful outdoor and indoor settings will make your event even more special.
Why not show appreciation for your clients, guests or employees in an environment that is sure to have them trumpeting about the experience for years to come? Enjoy one of San Diego's finest treasures while hosting your event in a world-famous setting among exotic wildlife!
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Camping / Glamping
Other
Park
Zoo
Views
Desert
Garden
Lagoon/Pond
Mountains
Park
Style
Bohemian
Casual
Classic
Eco
Elegant
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Adventure Travel
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Baby Shower
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Corporate Event
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Product Launch
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Reunion
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

From large corporate events to kids’ birthday parties, high school proms to anniversary celebrations the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s beautiful outdoor and indoor settings—not to mention rare and exotic wildlife—will make your event even more special. Add an animal presentation or other enhancements and you’ll be set for a roaring good time!
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

Yes

Estimated Price Per Head

from $85 to $300

Additional Charges

Admissions (Admission is required to enter all special catered events, etc.)
1 Day Pass - Adult $36
1 Day Pass - Child $26

Evening Admissions (after 4 p.m.) $16

Memberships, Military & Promotional Discounts
We are a not-for-profit organization and rely on our ticket and food sales
to fund our mission. Memberships, military, promotional discounts do not
apply. Admissions are required.

Parking & Transportation to Venues
Zoo Free - not including valet
Park $7 per vehicle
Transportation $4-8

Tours & Experiences
Animal Encounter/Keeper Talk $750-1500
Guided Tour $350
Day Special Tours $39-49
Night Tours/Team Building $20-25

Food/Beverage Minimums and Rentals Inquire for details

Breakfast Buffet $22-28

Refreshment Breaks $7-28

Lunch
Plated $32-37
Buffet $33-37

Dinner
Plated $54-87
Buffet $65-83
Food Stations $16-26

Hors d’oeuvres $5.25-19.75

Packages
Picnic $55-70
Meeting $115+
School Dance $54-59
Kid’s Birthday $79
Rehearsal Dinner $65-87
Wedding $111-137

Bar - Consumption (cash or hosted, billed per drink)
Sodas + Bottled Water $5 ea
Beer $7-9 ea
Wine $8-9 ea
Cocktails, Grab & Go, Mixed Drinks $9-14 ea
Bar - Package (per person, per hour)
Sodas & Bottled Water $13-24
Beer & Wine $22-41
Full Bar $24-56

Equipment Rental
China Package (for outdoor venues) $16
Additional Tables $60-65/table
Cocktail Tables $35-45/table
Additional Standing Heaters $105 ea
Umbrellas $75 ea
Black or White Wooden Chairs $10 ea
Dance Floor Rental Varies
Delivery Fee (may apply) $150+

Audio/Visual
Projector & Screen $300+
Microphone/Podium $300+
Speakers & Microphone $300+
Full A/V Setup Varies

Labor & Service Charges
Groups under 50 guests $150
Bar Minimum $500/100 guests
Addt’l Bartender Service (above 4 hrs) $55/bartender/location
Bar Relocation Fee $110 /per bar
Wine Corkage Fee $20/750mL bottle

Taxes
Food, Beverage, Room Rental 7.75%
Admission, Tours, Animal Encounters N/A

Gratuity
Not required nor expected N/A

Optional Wildlife Conservancy Donation Varies

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
250
Buffet
2000
Standing
5000
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
Prior to 1930
Curfew
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Corkage/Bottle Fee – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol For A Fee
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:

Why not show appreciation for your clients, guests or employees in an environment that is sure to have them trumpeting about the experience for years to come?

Enjoy one of San Diego's finest treasures while hosting your event in a world-famous setting among exotic wildlife!

Design:
Our very own Safari in San Diego's backyard - explore gorgeous views and take advantage of all of our stellar photo opportunities. Our locations will make you feel like you're transported to another country, with every turn through our world-famous habitats. 
Standout Venue Features:
When you book your wedding at the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park, you are supporting San Diego Zoo Global's wildlife conservation efforts at home and around the globe.
Extra Perks:
Admissions into the breathtaking and awe inspiring San Diego Zoo Safari Park! Enjoy your day or evening with us while roaming and exploring our beautiful habitats and botanical gardens!
Celebration Locations
VIP Room at Tiger Trail:
This cozy venue works well for either a small group meeting or intimate luncheon. Available for daytime events.
- View: Travel through a mystical bamboo passage into a tranquil forest before encountering amazing Sumatran tigers. Designed after traditional Indonesian longhouses that are gathering places for the community, this venue features a gorgeous interior with delight
- Max Capacity: Recommended for 30-32 guests.
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
The Station at Walkabout Australia:
This sophisticated venue works well for corporate retreats or an intimate affair. Available for daytime and evening events.
- View: The Station has a “ridgey-didge” design (Aussie-speak for “the real deal”) and is an excellent vantage point for viewing tree kangaroos. The private venue is a building representing a wool shearing shed like those found on Australia’s many sheep ranches,
- Max Capacity: Recommended for group events of 30-100 guests.
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Mombasa Island Pavilion:
From a casual gathering to a grand celebration. Available for daytime and evening events.
- View: Overlooking the rippling water of Mombasa Lagoon and surrounded by lush, tropical foliage, this room without walls is perfect for any event. Rare birds dot the nearby islets for the perfect backdrop, while slate stone floors and a thatched roof conjure im
- Max Capacity: This destination is recommended for group events of 50-140 guests.
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Hunte Nairobi Pavilion:
This multi-faceted venue can be utilized for a casual picnic, corporate meeting, to an impressive formal dining affair.
- View: A short stroll from the front entrance, this spacious in-the-round venue, modeled after a traditional African structure, features a sweeping 35-foot vaulted ceiling with floating pendant lighting offering a global glow.
- Max Capacity: Recommended for group events of 100-250 guests.
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
The Groves Picnic Area:
Available for daytime and evening events.
- View: Tucked away between the Park's Elephant Valley and the Lion Camp Exhibit is the Grove. An ideal picnic area shaded by Majestic Oak Trees.
- Max Capacity: Recommended for group events of 300-5000 guests.
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Kijamii Overlook:
Enjoy cocktails on the sweeping lawn with the awe-inspiring beauty of the African Plains around you or dine and dance in safari elegance. Kijamii is Swahili for "social", an appropriate name for the Safari Park's premium gathering spot to mingle with your guests around the fire pit as the sun sets. Available for daytime and evening events.
- View: Transport your guests to an African safari and delight in panoramic views of the savanna where giraffes, rhinos, and gazelles roam. This unique venue is reminiscent of a South African lodge, with open rafters, a baobab tree bar and lovely safari-inspired
- Max Capacity: From a casual gathering to a grand celebration, this destination is recommended for group events of 100-300 guests.
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
This Scenic Wedding Took Place at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Alyssa Brown
byAlyssa Brown
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA, USA



The San Diego Zoo is renowned for its beautiful grounds, varied species, and amazing programs for kids and adults alike. But what we’re currently obsessing over is the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where visitors can feed giraffes, get up close with cheetahs, camp overnight in safari tents or even host a wedding. Yep, you read that correctly. You can host a wedding at the 1,800-acre safari park near Escondido that’ll have your guests thinking they’ve unknowingly been transported to the plains of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The park is home to more than 3,000 animals as well as various unique event spaces that each set wild, scenic backdrops for weddings. Between the Mombasa Pavilion overlooking a lush, tropical lagoon, the manicured lawn with arching trees above the Hunte Nairobi Pavilion, and the thatched roof pavilion in the middle of the African Plains where wildlife roams, there are plenty of spectacular sites to host your wedding celebration.

Photographer Shelly Anderson recently captured a wedding that took place at the latter space, known as the Kijamii Overlook, and today shares her photos of the event along with her take on the venue. To read up on what a wedding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park looks like, hop on into this Q&A session we had with her.

Photography by Shelly Anderson


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