Rentals - Blank Park Zoo

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Host your next Holiday Party at Iowa's Wildest Adventure. Book by November 15 and receive 10% off your rental fee. Members always receive 10% off when booking at Blank Park Zoo

Blank Park Zoo was a perfect location for our annual meeting!  The view overlooking the rain forest wowed our attendees.  We incorporated zoo activities into our day and these were a highlight of the meeting.  Zoo staff were top-notch and the caterers worked with us to keep within our budget.

-Ann Vogelbacher
 Executive Director, Central Iowa Tourism Region

Blank Park Zoo has both indoor and outdoor facilities that can accommodate groups from 5 to 500! From early morning meetings to renting the entire Zoo after hours, we can guarantee a unique event experience at Iowa’s Wildest Adventure.

For more information about private events at Blank Park Zoo, please call 974-2506 or email

The Pavilion is an outdoor, covered space that can hold up to 250 people. Adjacent to the eagle exhibit, the Pavilion is available April-October.
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Discovery Center Room
With an entire wall made of windows, the Discovery Center Room provides unbeatable views of our indoor Discovery Center exhibit, including a waterfall, palm trees, monkeys and birds in flight. This room can hold approximately 150 people for a seated dinner, but can be broken down into three separate spaces for smaller events.
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Discovery Center Exhibit & Aquarium 
After the Zoo closes, the indoor Discovery Center exhibit and aquarium can be rented exclusively for your guests until 8:00 p.m. This is a very popular location for unique cocktail hours.
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Blank Park Zoo After Hours
The entire Zoo is available to be rented exclusively for your event after regular hours. Outdoor exhibits can stay open until 7:00 p.m., the indoor exhibit until 8:00 p.m., and the train can be rented to give your guests a ride around the grounds.
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The ZooPlex is the largest private event facility at Blank Park Zoo. It can hold up to 600 people.
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Education Animals
Blank Park Zoo’s education department is home to many animals that can be presented during  your event. Guests will have the opportunity to touch and take photos of the animals.
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Food & Beverage
We are proud to have Johnny's Italian Steakhouse as our exclusive caterer at Blank Park Zoo.  The menu at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse is designed specifically for the Zoo and offers complete food and beverage service. Their staff will work with you to customize the cuisine for your event.  Whether you are looking for a simple menu or something elegant, Johnny's Italian Steakhouse has menus that meet every style and price range.
Call 515-974-2535 for more information about catering from Johnny's Italian Steakhouse.



Enjoy a Zoo-themed scavenger hunt with your group as a team-building exercise.

Two free downloadable options:

Discovery Center Scavenger Hunt
DC Hunt Answers

Zoo Scavenger Hunt
Zoo Hunt Answers


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