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.


Savanna monitor Facepainting Picnic Sergengeti shelter

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: Fresh Grilled Angus Hamburgers, Jumbo Beef Hot Dogs, and Grilled Chicken Breasts
  • Choice of 2 Side Items:
    • Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Chips, Potato Salad, or Pasta Salad
  • Dessert: Cookies
  • Beverages: Fountain Soft Drinks (Pepsi products)

$33 per Adult   

$28 per Child (ages 2-12)

Flamingo Feast

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

Picnic Meal

  • 2 Entrees: Fresh Grilled Angus Hamburgers and Jumbo Beef 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)


Booking Guidelines

Food service times based on group size. Meal times given may vary for groups 1500+. Ticketed meal times are required for groups of 3,000+.

Group Size

Food Service

75-499 1 Hour
500-1499 1.5 Hours
1500-2499 2 Hours
2500+ 2.5 Hours

Build Your Own Package

Please add sales tax and 5% service charge to your selections. 75 person minimum group size.

Start With:

Admission & Parking

Guest # 75-14 150-749 750+
Adult $13.25 $11 $9
Child (2-12) $9 $9 $9
Parking $6/vehicle $6/vehicle $6/vehicle

Picnic Meal

  • $14 per Adult
  • $12 per Child (ages 2-12)

Includes

  • Fresh-grilled Angus Burgers with Kaiser Rolls
  • Jumbo Beef Hot Dogs
  • BBQ Baked Beans
  • Old Fashioned Cole Slaw
  • Creamy Potato Salad
  • Potato Chips
  • Cookies
  • 2-hour Soft Drink service
Substitutions:

Sides ($1 per person)

  • Southern Broccoli Salad
  • Spring Salad with 2 Dressings
  • Cucumber Feta Salad
  • Tri-Color Pasta Salad
  • Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
Condiments Included:

  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Sliced Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Shaved White Onions
  • Sliced Cheese
  • Pickles
  • Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, and Relish

Add-On (All Add-Ons must be purchased for entire group)

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
$7/lb. – Bulk Pretzels (1 lb. per 25 guests)

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

Beverages
$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 – Budweiser, Bud Light, Yuengling
$500 – Great Lakes, Sam Adams
$75 Attendant Fee is required for every 2 hours of beer service

Zoo Bucks
Pre-load amount – Minimum is $5
This gift card is valid towards purchases for rides, gift shop, or food and beverage. 

Entertainment

Expand for entertainment options

  • Handimals (1 artist/hour) – $150
  • Caricatures (1 artist/hour) – $150
  • Airbrush Tattoos (1 artist/hour) – $120
  • Glitter Tattoos (1 artist/hour) – $120
  • Face Painter (1 artist/hour) – $120
  • Henna Tattoos (1 artist/hour) – $120
  • Pastel Portraits (1 artist/hour) – $150
  • Green Screen Photography (1 artist/hour) – $300
  • 4-D Theater (per show) – $2
  • All Day Ride (Includes train & Carousel) – $5

Animal Appearances

A zookeeper or educator will bring 1 complimentary small standard animal to your shelter. Please ask your sales representative about adding more animal appearances to your picnic!

Contact Group Sales at (513) 487-3481 or click here