Every birthday deserves a celebration! With that in mind, we’ve modified our birthday party packages to keep everyone safe*. Let us plan your party for your birthday child, so you can relax and enjoy the fun.
Asian Bamboo Garden Orchid Pavilion
Parties can be booked only on Saturdays and Sundays at the following times and locations:
Orchid Pavilion (outdoor)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Yurt (indoor)
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Orchid Pavilion (outdoor)
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
*A Zoo representative will set up the party space for you and clean it up when you have finished.
Birthday Bash Package is $535 plus tax (non-holiday weekends); $650 plus tax (holiday weekends).
Exclusive Zoo Member pricing is only $480 plus tax (non-holiday weekends); $595 plus tax (holiday weekends).
Parties include up to 15 guests.
Additional Guests*.....................................$35.95 per person**
Additional Zoo Member Guests*..........$32.95 per person**
*Maximum of 25 Guests. **Additional per person price will increase if event falls on a holiday or holiday weekend.
*Animal Encounters may be requested for indoor birthday parties only. The Education Department makes all final decisions on which animals are available for encounters due to the animals' health, safety, and wellbeing.
Book Birthday Bash
A minimum of two weeks notice is required for party reservations. Birthday Bashes are for birthday children ages 3-12. A $75 non-refundable deposit is due at booking and the balance is due the Tuesday before your party.
Yes, they do need to be included. Zoo memberships do not apply toward private special events such as birthday parties. If you are a current zoo member, you will receive a discount off the party package as a benefit of your membership.
Any guest that is entering the zoo and eating as a guest must be included in your headcount, including the child celebrating his/her birthday.
Everyone 3 years or older MUST be a paying participant. This includes parents as well as children. Wristbands are required to be in the birthday party room and must be presented to the birthday host upon arrival.
The Birthday Bash package includes up to 15 guests, including the birthday child. Additional adults and children may be added, up to 25 guests total.
Deposits are non-refundable. If you choose to cancel and reschedule your party, you may transfer your party to another date.
Final payment is due on the Tuesday prior to your scheduled party, along with your final headcount. Credit card information must be provided at booking and will be used for any remaining balance unless different credit card information is given.
Parties can be hosted, rain or shine. However, you may cancel on the scheduled day of your party up to 2 hours prior to your party time. You will need to call 904-757-4463 ext. 109 to cancel. The $75 deposit and cost of cupcakes ($25-$35) will be charged to you as the cakes are ordered several days in advance. Any cancelations made within 2 hours of your party time will not receive any refund.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens does not allow any outside food or beverages to be brought into any of our rental facilities or the Zoo.
Please keep in mind that we have planned and provided food service for your party based on the number of people you have prepaid for. We will not be able to provide food service for additional guests beyond the preplanned number. Should you have an additional guest show up, you will be charged with the credit card on file - a $35 per person fee. We encourage you to communicate the importance of RSVPing for your party guests to prevent additional guest fees.