Take a break in the shade under our four open-air shelters at the Whiting Safari Camp. Conveniently located near the carousel, this relaing space is ideal for your next picnic or family gather in the spring, summer and fall months! Our shelters can accommodate any size group, from 75 people to several thousand. Enjoy the Zoo with your family, friends or fellow employees in a spectacular outdoor setting! Whether you want to bring your own food or order catering form our Cincinnati Zoo exclusive caterer, The Taste of the Wild, the Zoo has your perfect picnic spot. Choose the package that’s right for you! Catered Picnic PackagesBuild Your Own Package Catered Picnic Packages Lion Lunch Flamingo Feast Penguin Picnic Admission Parking Unlimited Rides All-Day Drinks 1 Standard Animal Appearance Picnic Meal 3 Entrees: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Grilled Chicken Breasts Soft Drinks Choice of 2 Side Items: Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Chips, Potato Salad or Pasta Salad Dessert: Ice Cream Treats $32 Adults $28 Children (2-12) Admission Parking Unlimited Rides 1 Standard Animal Appearance Picnic Meal 2 Entrees: Hamburgers and Hot Dogs Soft Drinks Choice of 2 Side Items: Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Chips, Potato Salad or Pasta Salad Dessert: Ice Cream Treats $27 Adults $23 Children (2-12) Admission Parking 1 Standard Animal Appearance Picnic Meal 1 Entree: Hamburgers or Chicken Breasts Soft Drinks Choice of 2 Side Items: Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Chips, Potato Salad or Pasta Salad Dessert: Ice Cream Treats $23 Adults $18 Children (2-12) Booking Guidelines Food service times based on group size. Group Size Food Service 75-499 1 Hour 500-1499 1.5 Hours 1500-2499 2 Hours 2500+ 2.5 Hours Ticketed meal times are required for groups 3000+. Standard Shelter reservation times:11:30am – 1:30pm or 2:30pm – 4:30pm. Meal times given may vary for groups 1500+. Build Your Own Package Make your picnic “zoo-nique” by building your own package with options below! Please add sales tax and 5% service charge to your selections. Food and beverage minimums: $750 + tax, Monday – Friday; $1,200 + tax on Saturday-Sunday. Start With Substitute Admission & Parking $10 Adult & Child (under 2 free) $5 Parking per vehiclePicnic Meal $14 Adult $12 Child Includes: Soft Drinks Fresh Grilled Angus Burgers with Kaiser Rolls Jumbo Beef Hot Dogs BBQ Baked Beans Old Fashioned Cole Slaw Creamy Potato Salad Potato Chips Ice Cream Treats Cold Sides $1 per person Southern Broccoli Salad Spring Salad with 2 Dressings Chilled CHick Pea & Lentil Salad Cucumber Feta Salad Tri Color Pasta SaladHot Sides $1 per person Creamed Corn Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Creamed Spinach Fried Okra Condiments Included: Shredded Lettuce, Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes, Shaved White Onions, Sliced Cheese, Pickles, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise & Relish Add-On Expand for add-on options Entrees $5 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich $4 Grilled Chicken Breast $3.50 Veggie Burger Sides $3.75 Homemade Mac & Cheese $2.75 Mixed Fruit Salad $2.75 Watermelon & Cantaloupe Salad $4.25 Cotton Candy Tub $4.25 Popcorn Bag Stations $2 Grilled Corn on the Cob $4 Smoked Chicken Wings $5.25 Smoked Chicken Quarters Desserts $3.50 Brownie & Rice Krispie Platter $2 Banana Pudding $2 Rice Pudding $2.50 Assorted Cookies $3 Seasonal Cobbler Beverages $2 2 Hours of fountain soft drinks in shelter $5 All day drink wristbands (Unlimited 16oz fountain soda throughout the Zoo on the day of your visit. Must purchase for entire group) Alcohol Standard Half-Barrel Kegs (1 keg = approx 100-120 12 oz cups) $300 Bud, Bud Light, Yuengling $500 Great Lakes, Sam Adams $75 Attendant Fee is required for each 2 hours of beer service Zoo Bucks Pre-load amount – minimum is $10 This gift card is valid towards purchases for rides, gift shop or food and beverage. Entertainment Expand for entertainment options $150 Handimals (1 artist/hour) $150 Caricatures (1 artist/hour) $120 Airbrush Tattoos (1 artist/hour) $120 Glitter Tattoos (1 artist/hour) $120 Face Painter (1 artist/hour) $120 Henna Tattoos (1 artist/hour) $150 Pastel Portraits (1 artist/hour) $2 4-D Theater (per show) $300 Green Screen Photography (1 artist/hour) $5 All Day Ride (Includes train & Carousel) Animal Appearances A zookeeper or educator will bring 1 small standard animal to your shelter. Contact Group Sales at (513) 487-3481 or click here. For a flyer and more information on group events, click here!