purffectEnjoy the Zoo with your family, friends, or fellow employees in a spectacular outdoor setting! Our four open-air picnic shelters at the Whiting Safari Camp can accommodate groups ranging from 75 to several thousand people. Conveniently located near the carousel, this relaxing space is ideal for your next family or corporate gathering in the spring, summer and fall months.

Taste, the Cincinnati Zoo’s exclusive caterer, offers affordable and delicious meal options to accompany your perfect picnic spot.

Standard shelter reservation times: 11:30am – 1:30pm or 2:30pm – 4:30pm.


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Choose the package that’s right for you!

Catered Picnic Packages – 75 person minimum
Lion Lunch

  • Admission
  • Parking
  • Unlimited Rides
  • All-Day Drinks
  • 1 Standard Animal Appearance

Picnic Meal

  • 3 Entrees: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Grilled Chicken Breasts
  • Choice of 2 Side Items:
    • Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Chips, Potato Salad, or Pasta Salad
  • Dessert: Ice Cream Treats
  • Beverages: Fountain soft drinks (Pepsi products)

$32 per Adult   

$28 per Child (ages 2-12)

Flamingo Feast

  • Admission
  • Parking
  • Unlimited Rides
  • 1 Standard Animal Appearance

Picnic Meal

  • 2 Entrees: Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
  • Choice of 2 Side Items:
    • Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Chips, Potato Salad, or Pasta Salad
  • Dessert: Ice Cream Treats
  • Beverages: Fountain soft drinks (Pepsi products)

$27 per Adult  

$23 per Child (ages 2-12)

Penguin Picnic

  • Admission
  • Parking
  • 1 Standard Animal Appearance

Picnic Meal

  • 1 Entree: Hamburgers or Chicken Breasts
  • Choice of 2 Side Items:
    • Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Chips, Potato Salad, or Pasta Salad
  • Dessert: Ice Cream Treats
  • Beverages: Fountain soft drinks (Pepsi products)

$23 per Adult   

$18 per Child (ages 2-12)


Booking Guidelines
Food service times based on group size – Meal times given may vary for groups 1500+

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 of 3,000+

Build Your Own Package

Please add sales tax and 5% service charge to your selections. Food and beverage minimums apply.

Start With

Admission & Parking

  • $10 per Adult & Child (under 2 years old free)
  • $5 Parking per vehicle

Picnic Meal

  • $14 per Adult
  • $12 per Child

Includes

  • 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
  • Soft Drinks

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