Minutes from downtown Syracuse and surrounded by tree-covered hills, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is not only filled with beauty, but also inhabited by some of the most intriguing and delightful animals you could ever want to meet. They were probably among your first friends, so why not include them at your most important events?

Whether your guest list is long or short, your event casual or formal, the zoo has facilities and settings that will suit every occasion.

You and your guests will enjoy outstanding cuisine and service in tranquil surroundings, and your event will be remembered by all, including the elephants! And, best of all, your event helps benefit the animals of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

To contact us, please click here,
or call our direct line at (315) 435-8511 x8543.

You can make your day even more memorable by inviting one of our charming animal "ambassadors" to meet and mingle with your guests.

Banquet Room

$600 for 4 hours
(includes access to private outdoor patio)
Seats 200 (25 rounds of 8)
Seats 230 Theater Style
Seats 125 Classroom Style

Our beautiful banquet facility with brand new wood-grain floors can be divided into a smaller banquet room for a more intimate social gathering or opened to create a ballroom space for a large gathering. Neutral earth toned decor offers a blank slate for any theme or color scheme. Adjacent private outdoor patio included.

Private Outdoor Patio

(located adjacent to the banquet room)
100 person maximum

Our outdoor patio offers the perfect spot for your cocktail hour, meet and mingle or break from the party inside. Surrounded by trees, wooden arbors, flowering plants and hanging Edison lights, this unique space also serves as a great spot for one of our ambassador animals to greet your guests.

Central Courtyard

Cocktail reception for up to 300 guests
Available 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Our courtyard changes with the seasons. Richly clothed in flowers, trees and exotic plants, it features a central gazebo that makes a charming staging area for weddings and other ceremonies. The main pond, teeming with waterfowl, is a hub from which guests may embark on numerous walkways and admire the diverse wildlife, gardens and ponds that make this such a superb place to celebrate

Indoor Zoo

Indoor Zoo
Available 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Featuring: U.S.S. Antiquities: Greeting you at the entrance is our picture window to the sea—a saltwater aquarium housing several species of fish, sea anemones and stars, and featuring our fascinating giant Pacific octopus. Once inside, you will encounter fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles, and explore how they have evolved over time.

Diversity of Birds: Home to nearly two dozen dazzling species of colorful birds varying in sizes, shapes and lifestyles, the free-flight aviary is a must-see, especially for fans of spoonbills and ibises.

Adaptation of Animals: In low light, guests will discover nature’s nocturnal animals that have inherited unique features over time in order to survive.

Social Building: Here, you will come face-to-face with our Amur leopards and take in the amusing antics of our meerkats, primates and apes.

Outdoor Zoo

Outdoor Zoo
(Includes access to the Indoor Zoo)
Available 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., May through September

Waterfowl Wetlands: A stroll through the courtyard and beyond provides guests an opportunity to enjoy our scenic wetlands, featuring an abundance of beautiful birds including ducks, swans and flamingos.

Wildlife Trails: Tour the half-mile trail—the domain of many endangered species such as grey and red wolves, Amur tigers, white-lipped deer, red pandas, snow leopards, Andean bears and more.

Domestic Animals: Visit with some of the animals that have helped humankind for hundreds of years, such as alpacas, Guinea hogs and rare heritage breeds of domestic livestock.

Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve: The largest of the zoo’s land mammals, our seven magnificent elephants eagerly welcome visits from their human friends. As a special feature included in your rental of the outdoor zoo, your group will be treated to an exclusive VIP elephant demonstration at the Overlook.

Elephant Overlook

Ceremony at Elephant Overlook

Start your “Ever After” with Elephants! Hold an unforgettable wedding ceremony on the main overlook of the Helga Beck Asian Elephant Preserve. This newly available events venue offers an awe-inspiring view of magnificent Asian elephants interacting in the preserve just below.

Penguin Coast

Ceremony at Penguin Coast

Say “I Do at the Zoo” with the perfect party of witnesses, our colony of Humboldt penguins! The patio at Penguin Coast offers a unique spot to say your vows – in front of the viewing window with the best-dressed birds at the zoo swimming and diving nearby. Add a little splash to your wedding! Include a fun bubble enrichment for the penguins after your vows and watch the action!

What our clients say...

I have told everyone I know who is getting married
to consider the zoo – you will not be disappointed!​

Mathew and Meghan Craner​