African Lodge - Now open!
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 and outdoor seating, which overlooks the yet-to-be-completed, four-acre elephant exhibit and wading pool, is available for up to 300 visitors. Spacious restrooms are also located in the area.

Education and Conference Center attached to the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium
(Banquet style: 350 in the entire Education and Conference Center, 325 for weddings)
Rental Fee(s): Education and Conference Center with the Scott Aquarium: $5,000
Entire Education and Conference Center(5,302 square feet): $3,000 Queen Angel Fish A (726 square feet): $750
Queen Angel Fish B (715 square feet) $500
Queen Angel Fish A/B (1,441 square feet): $1,000
Grand Reef (2,479 square feet): $2,500
Clown Trigger Fish (1,382 square feet): $1,000 

Explore the wonders of the ocean in the Education and Conference Center attached to the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium. Located on the west side of the Scott Aquarium, the 13,000 square foot Education and Conference Center is a meeting place and classroom unlike any other. The state-of-the-art facility features electronic Sky Fold walls to divide the rooms. All the rooms will be sound proof and will have Wi-Fi capabilities. The center features built in audio visual including four projection screens and a sound system. As you walk through the 1,062 square foot conference center foyer, guests are greeted by a 10 foot coral reef tropical fish aquarium. The cool and neutral colors bring the feel of the ocean throughout the entire space. In the main room, as your guests enjoy the meeting they are surrounded by watery views. One wall features a wave-like 75 foot long Modular Arts wall that can be illuminated by a variety of colored lights. The centerpiece of the opposite wall is a 24 foot 10,000 gallon reef aquarium. 

Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium
Rental Fee: $2,500
Make your next event an aquatic escape. Ensure a one-of-a-kind experience when you dine with sharks and stingrays under a 70 foot tunnel. The Scott Aquarium can accommodate 90 for a sit-down dinner near the shark tunnel or up to 300 for a cocktail reception.

Durham TreeTops Restaurant/Lied Jungle
Rental Fee: $2,500
Bring your event from ordinary to exotic as you overlook America's largest indoor rainforest in Durham TreeTops Restaurant. With seating for up to 300 for a dinner, or room for up to 300 for a cocktail reception, TreeTops is the right fit to take your event to new heights.

Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom Pavilion
Rental Fee: $2,000
Unleash the inner child in your guests with this interactive, hands-on exhibit. This venue also includes an auditorium that seats 312.  Treat up to 80 guests to a sit down dinner or 300 for a cocktail reception.

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 guests for a sit-down dinner. Rental fee includes an exclusive showing of an IMAX film, of your choice, from our film library.
The theater can seat 324 for a 3D film and 358 for a 2D film.  Times are dependent on last scheduled showing.

Garden of the Senses
Rental Fee: $1,000
Make your next event a retreat. Filled with colorful gardens and tranquil scenery, Garden of the Senses is a peaceful getaway, perfect for an intimate gathering or for groups up to 200. Rental includes a tram from 6 to 9 p.m.  Garden of the Senses is available from May 1 until September 30 only; limited patio seating available.  Additional tables, chairs and other items must be rented.

For more information or to set up a site tour, please contact the Events Department at (402) 738-2088 or