Jacksonville Zoo and GardensJacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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Mt. Kenya Boardroom

Mt. Kenya Boardroom

Located upstairs at the Zoo’s entrance, the Mt. Kenya Boardroom is a unique and impressive room with a wood conference table and executive chairs.  Bamboo décor, hardwood floors and a thatched ceiling complete and enhance this themed room.  Adjustable lighting is available.

Seating capacity of 24 guests

Samburu Room

Samburu Room

The Samburu is an enclosed climate controlled room located downstairs before the ticket booths at our main entrance. A range of light settings, podium and microphone with a drop down screen makes this room a perfect setting for business meetings, luncheons or private gatherings.

Seating capacity of 90 guests

Shaba Terrace

Shaba Terrace

Our large open air terrace with dual stairwells, elevator and private restrooms, is located upstairs at Main Camp. A beautiful thatched roof with versatile lighting and overhead fans or heaters, microphone, and sound system make this a perfect location for casual and formal celebrations for corporate or private events.

Seating capacity of 400 guests

Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms Garden

Located near the center of the park, the Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms Garden is a stunning replica of an African Savanna. The elevated viewing platform allows your guests to get eye-to-eye with, and even feed, the Zoo’s gentlest giants. Guests can mingle among the giraffes or take a stroll through the beautiful garden while enjoying cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres. This location is the perfect addition to any after hour event or can stand alone for private events.

Range of the Jaguar

Range of the Jaguar

Located a short walk from the Giraffe Overlook, the Range of the Jaguar offers a breath taking backdrop for your next event. From the replica Mayan stone temple to the enchanting three-tiered water fountain at Palm Plaza with a large stage and beautiful landscape lighting; this location offers multiple options for a stunning after hour affairs. Adding uniqueness and pleasure to your celebration, the jaguars, howler monkeys, giant anteaters and other animals in this venue are left on exhibit during your private event. 

Accommodates groups from 50-500

Wildlife Carousel

Wildlife Carousel

Ever wanted to ride a wild animal?  This amusement is the perfect addition to any event.  All guests, both adult and child, can enjoy unlimited rides atop beautiful hand-painted renditions of your favorite Zoo animals. 

This attraction can be added on to any after-hours event for a nominal fee.

Gardens at Trout River

Gardens at Trout River Plaza

Springing from lush garden beds are thirteen Grecian-style “living” columns topped with overflowing flowering urns giving this Garden its classical look.  A planted trellis, lush and cool with colorful and fragrant vines, along with a number of large shade trees and themed lights all create a special area that can be enjoyed for private parties after hours.

With a beautiful view of the Trout River, our partially-walled botanical garden offers a plaza that functions as gathering and event space.  Central to the plaza is a celebratory fountain with a spill bowl topped by a basking anhinga bird sculpture. The fountain is surrounded by pebble mosaic paving that features a menagerie of animals of the Trout River. 

“The Riverview Courtyard” is designed as a private area just off of the garden plaza. It is an ideal space for small private lunches and dinners. The area can be converted to a beautiful location for outdoor wedding ceremonies with a beautiful view of the Trout River as a back-drop or wonderful cocktail parties and buffet serving areas.

Adjacent to the plaza is the “Great Lawn”, an open area capable of hosting large events both open air or tented. 

Seating capacity of 350 guests or 500 for cocktails

The Asian Bamboo Gardens

Our newest garden space located in the back of the park along the Trout River is a tranquil garden that borrows from a range of different Asian styles and traditions. As you enter through the authentic Moon Gate you will see The Weeping Tree Bridge that connects the yin and yang terraces; a perfect location for cocktails and Food Stations. From the bridge you may see the beautiful Lotus pool and Koi pond.  The Orchid pavilion which features various types of orchids provides a shady resting spot during the day or private rental opportunity after hours.

Accommodations for groups of 50 to 250.