Host a private event at the Zoo for an unforgettable setting for your special occassion.   inner deck


Private hours of use: The facility is available for use 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Events must end by 8:00 p.m. and the grounds must be cleared by 9:00 p.m.. 

Capacity Limit: 300 guest

Rental Rates:

    • $   900.00              Michigan City Residents and Non-Profit Groups
    • deck 201 16$1,100.00             Non-Residents

Your rental includes use of the front plaza, deck area, Discovery Center, and classroom. 

Wildlife can remain on exhibit until dusk by request.  Also included in your rental fee:

  • Free admission and parking for your guests
  • (40) picnic tables, (5) banquet tables and (15) folding chairs
  • Two hour set up time prior to your reserved time
  • One hour breakdown time following your reserved time

Additional Services

  • Animal visit by 3 to 4 live animals for 20 minutes                              $ 70.00
  • Animal costume mascot visit for 15 minutes                                       $ 30.00
  • Animal presentation with 5 to 6 live animals for 45 minutes               $100.00

Note: A uniformed Law Enforcement Officer MUST BE on on the premises during any event in which 100 or more persons will be in attendance.

** Alcohol is not permitted at any private Zoo event.  

Due to staffing and Zoo events, there are only a limited number of private events permitted per season: May – Sept.. To complete an event request, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .