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Are you looking for a unique location for your next big event?

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo has been hosting wedding and baby showers, birthday, anniversary and graduation parties since 2004. We provide the ideal setting for groups from 50 to 3000 on our lush, 43 acre property conveniently located in Syracuse’s historic Tipperary Hill neighborhood. You can make your party extra special by booking one of our charming animal ambassadors to greet your guests.

We pride ourselves in going above and beyond to help you create a wildly unique gathering that your guests will be talking about for a long time to come.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

Parking is free and abundant at our facility. Frequently, events start before the zoo opens, ensuring available parking spots. In winter, lots are plowed and walkways are cleared prior to guest arrival.

The banquet room is located to the right of the lobby as you enter the zoo. The registration table is placed just outside the banquet room, clearly showing guests where to check in.

Organizers are welcome to arrive one hour prior to their event start time. If you believe you require more time to set up, please discuss this with the event manager during the planning stage.

The room can be set up with round tables of 6-8 people, theatre style or classroom style depending on your group size and event needs. White or ivory linen is included in the room rental fee, as is table setup.

You are more than welcome to set up an appointment prior to your event to test the audiovisual equipment and ask any questions you may have. On the day of your event, the event manager will be on hand to ensure everything works properly, test volumes and answer any questions that may come up!

Zoo admission tickets are offered at a discounted price of $3 per person for catering client guests. This can be added to your overall invoice.

What our clients say...

A fantastic, high quality setting for my wedding anniversary party. The handicap accessibility and free ample parking made it easy for my guests. The planner Stephanie communicated frequently and clearly, and all staff were pleasant and attentive to our desires. The party room was spacious and clean, with a beautiful private outdoor patio. The catering service was outstanding; everyone enjoyed the food and desserts. The visit from the red-tailed hawk “zoo ambassador” and his knowledgeable handler was the highlight of the party for sure. Very affordable. 

Cheryl H.

Thank you for making the baby shower such a success. The food was wonderful, the room was perfect, and the staff helped with everything we needed. We could not have chosen a better place than the Rosamond Gifford Zoo for our celebration!

Donna Jarrett​

I want to tell you how absolutely wonderful the entire event was! We had so many people who gave us crazy looks when we said “bridal shower at the zoo” and how many positive reactions we had during the party. Almost every person who left said how wonderful the entire shower was and how surprised they were that this existed at the zoo. The staff was helpful, friendly and stayed right on top of everything. There was always someone available for any question or need that we had. The whole event was seamless and wonderfully executed. Thank you!

Courtney Gauthier