purffectTake 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.

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Choose the package that’s right for you!

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


Admission & Parking
$10 Adult & Child (under 2 free)
$5 Parking per vehiclePicnic Meal
$14 Adult
$12 Child

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


Expand for add-on options

$5 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
$4 Grilled Chicken Breast
$3.50 Veggie Burger

$3.75 Homemade Mac & Cheese
$2.75 Mixed Fruit Salad
$2.75 Watermelon & Cantaloupe Salad
$4.25 Cotton Candy Tub
$4.25 Popcorn Bag

$2 Grilled Corn on the Cob
$4 Smoked Chicken Wings
$5.25 Smoked Chicken Quarters

$3.50 Brownie & Rice Krispie Platter
$2 Banana Pudding
$2 Rice Pudding
$2.50 Assorted Cookies
$3 Seasonal Cobbler

$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)

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.   


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