Cocktail Party Venues

Cocktail Parties

Cocktail Parties

Experience the beauty of wildlife and the natural world with the Zoo as your backdrop. Add a wild twist with an up-close and personal educational encounter with one of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors. A two-hour minimum is required for cocktail party venues. Please contact the Events Department at (402) 738-2088 for more information.

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Asian Highlands

Asian Highlands will transport your guests on an immersive journey through Asia, ranging from the grasslands of Northern India, through the Himalayan Mountains, to the boreal forests of northeastern China. Your guests will encounter a unique landscape and diverse collection of animals. Cocktails can be enjoyed for up to 100 guests at the apex of the exhibit, the Yeti camp. Available June 1 - August 9, 6 - 8 p.m.

Rental fee: $5,000

Hubbard Gorilla Valley

Imagine an evening where gorillas roam free and you are on display! There’s plenty of room for everyone, with space for 300 guests for a cocktail reception.

Rental fee: $1,000

Bay Family Children's Adventure Trails

Children’s Adventure Trails incorporates interactive play around every turn. Near the entrance, at the Raft Crossing, explorers pull themselves from one side of a pond to another in a small raft. Further down the trail, goats have access to walk overhead. Up the path is Prairie Dog Trails, where your guests are able to immerse themselves in a prairie dog town. A rippling stream and waterfall draw you past enlarged climbing objects, insects, and birds.


The highlight of Children’s Adventure Trails is a 40-foot-wide by three story tall Treehouse equipped with a shipwreck slide, climbing net, bridge and net covered climb-throughs, which allow your guests to explore the Treehouse from bridge to bridge and pod to pod. Available June 1 - August 9, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Rental fee: $2,500

Desert Dome & Mahoney Kingdoms of the Night

An evening in the Desert Dome and Kingdoms of the Night combines three deserts under the world’s largest geodesic dome and the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit. Enjoy a sit-down dinner in the lobby for up to 50 guests or 300 for a cocktail reception.

Rental fee: $1,500

Wildlife Management Headquarters

This is an area of exploration! As you approach, the Bongo and Cheetahs can be seen as you make your way up the hill and then from several vantage points along the path. At the top, guests can take a look at what tools wildlife managers use in the field, including a real grounded Bell 47 helicopter, and Land Rover. The lion viewing area offers close views of this majestic animal. The indoor viewing area has a heated rock inside and out of the viewing area for both lions and guests. Sable antelope have a sunken barrier that gives guests an eye-to-eye experience with the animals. This area is available from April - August, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.. Rental includes a tram.

Rental fee: $1,500

Dick and Mary Holland Meadowlark Theater

Gather your guests for a ceremony and presentation space unlike any other! Within the theater, there is space for more than 400 attendees on the stone-made bleacher style seating. The performance stage features a tree, and a beautiful two-story backdrop showcasing colorful plants and flowers.
A state-of-the-art sound system allows you to play a variety of music options to set the tone while your guests are seated. Microphones and four hanging speakers allow guests in every corner to hear presentations clearly. Neutral cloth canopies provide shade for guests. Available May 1 - September 30.

Rental fee: $1,000

Berniece Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion

Wander among thousands of majestic free flying butterflies in this total immersion exhibit. The pavilion can accommodate up to 100 guests for a cocktail reception.

Rental fee: $1,000

Hubbard Orangutan Forest

Listen to the wild call of the orangutans and catch a view from the canopy level at Hubbard Orangutan Forest. The two man-made banyan trees rise 65-feet into the air allowing the orangutans and other monkeys to study and interact with your guests. In the indoor woodland area, guests view animals frolicking throughout. Outdoor exhibit is only available weather permitting.

Rental fee: $1,000

Omaha Steaks Grill and Patio

Located next to Durham TreeTops Restaurant and Lied Jungle®, this outdoor patio is perfect for cocktails before dinner. This space can accommodate 240 guests for a cocktail reception. Tables and chairs are included with this rental.

Rental fee: $1,000

Desert Dome/Mahoney Kingdoms of the Night®

An evening in the Desert Dome and Mahoney Kingdoms of the Night combines three deserts under the world’s largest geodesic dome and the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit. Enjoy a sit-down dinner in the lobby for up to 50 guests or 300 for a cocktail reception. The Desert Dome animals will remain on display until 8 p.m. and the Mahoney Kingdom’s of the Night lights will remain off until 9 p.m.

Rental fee: $1,500

Hubbard Expedition Madagascar

The island of Madagascar is home to some of the most amazing and unique animals in the world, like the lemur. Expedition Madagascar is your chance to see some of these creatures in person. Enjoying cocktails here means guests become intimately involved with one of the premier conservation partnerships in the world, as each exhibit is linked to ongoing projects in Madagascar as part of the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership. This area is best suited for groups up to 50. Outdoor exhibit is only available weather permitting. Rental includes a tram. Tables are available.

Rental fee: $1,000

Infield at the Zoo

Enjoy cocktails where the best of college baseball was once played. Johnny Rosenblatt's Infield at the Zoo is a casual outdoor venue featuring a little league baseball-sized field, original Rosenblatt seats and the iconic Rosenblatt sign. Up to 300 guests can enjoy this space for your cocktail party.

Rental fee: $1,000

Syd and Betty Cate Giraffe Herd Room (Add-On Only)

Get up close and personal with one of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s giraffes. Inside, hay feeding nets, automated food dispensers and special enrichment items are installed along the enclosure's perimeter to allow for 24-hour stimulation and care. The Syd and Betty Cate Giraffe Herd Room can only be added on with another facility rental.

Rental fee: $1,000