Enjoy 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. Choose the package that’s right for you! Catered Picnic PackagesBuild Your Own Package 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!