Evening Venues

Create an unforgettable event at our extraordinary venues that will have your guests “roaring” with delight!

African Lodge/Elephant Family Quarters                           

Rental Fee: $4,500
Journey to Africa for your next gathering or celebration! Modeled after lodges found in the African savanna, the African Lodge features a high-pitched roof lined with plastic thatch shingles, uniquely themed lighting fixtures and a rounded dining space with an oversized faux stone fireplace. Indoor seating for 100, with additional outdoor seating, overlooks the four-acre elephant exhibit and wading pool.  Spacious restrooms are also located in the area. To enhance the experience, guests are able to enjoy viewing the elephant family’s new quarters. Rental includes a tram. The African Lodge is only available April – October.

Durham TreeTops Restaurant/Lied Jungle® 

Rental Fee: $2,500
Best dining venue in Omaha! With a 90-foot window overlooking the world’s largest indoor rainforest, this three-tiered restaurant has seating for up to 284 guests for a dinner or a cocktail reception. The Lied Jungle is open until 8 p.m. for guests to walk through. Tables, chairs and microphone are available.

Rental Fee(s):
Durham TreeTops Restaurant: $1,500
Lied Jungle (add-on only): $1,000

Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium   

Rental Fee: $3,000
Dine among sharks, rays, penguins and other sea creatures. Seating is available for up to 60 guests in the shark tunnel and up to 100 throughout the Scott Aquarium. Larger groups can be accommodated. for a cocktail reception. Tables and chairs are available.

Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium Education and Conference Center            

Rental Fee: $3,500
This uniquely designed ballroom transports guests to a world under the sea! Seating is available for up to 325 guests and features a 24 foot acrylic tropical reef aquarium and 75 foot modular arts wave-like wall that can be illuminated by a variety of colored lights. Wi-Fi and audio visual equipment are included in the rental fee.

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Pavilion

Rental Fee: $1,500
Among wild and exotic creatures, treat up to 80 guests to a sit down dinner or 300 for a cocktail reception. This venue also includes an auditorium that seats 312.

Durham Lodge/Birthday House  

Rental Fee: $600
With a large private deck and fireplace, this space is perfect for an intimate retreat.  Located near the Lied Jungle® this venue has enough space to accommodate 60 guests for a sit-down dinner and up to 85 for a cocktail reception.  Tables and chairs as well as Wi-Fi and some audio visual equipment are included in the rental fee.

Garden of the Senses

Rental Fee: $1,500
Colorful gardens, bronze animal sculptures and exotic birds make this a charming venue for an event. Rental includes a tram from 6 - 9 p.m. The Garden is only available May 1 – September 30 and has limited patio seating available. It is ideal for groups of approximately 200 or less. The Garden Classroom, a quaint indoor space featuring murals of the African Grasslands and restrooms, offers space for 50 guests to gather. This building is included with the rental of the Garden of the Senses.

Lozier IMAX® Theater 

Rental Fee: $2,000
Experience a party of IMAX proportions! The IMAX lobby can accommodate up to 200 guests for a cocktail reception or 72 for a sit-down dinner. Rental fee includes an exclusive showing of an IMAX film, of your choice, from our film library.

Add a wild twist to your event with an up-close and personal educational encounter with one of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors!