Corporate Event at Riverbanks


Daytime Meetings

Selecting our Corporate Meeting Package saves both time and money — or we are happy to tailor a meeting just for you!

Corporate Meeting Package — With our simple Corporate Meeting Package (PDF), all you need to do is choose a room and all of your core catering and A/V needs will be taken care of automatically. From there you can add optional Enhancements or even prolong your stay by having a cocktail hour in an Animal Exhibit!

Tailor-made Meetings — Check out the ‘Menu’ and ‘Venue’ options below first, and then we can chat with you about your requirements, with the aim of creating an event proposal just for your company.

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Daytime Company Picnics

The Zoo’s lush green spaces are a natural choice to host picnics ranging from 25 to 5,000 guests!

As the event organizer, you can select one of our Picnic Packages (PDF), designed to save both time and money, or together we can tailor an event just for you, based on the Menu and Venue options below. We are happy to be involved as much or as little as you wish.

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Evening Events & Receptions

Whether you’re hosting an awards reception or a retirement roast…

Riverbanks offers three unique settings that will keep your clients and business associates talking long after the last hors d’oeuvre has been consumed.

Facilities are available one hour after park closes through 11:00pm. Events must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

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Holiday Parties

It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays.

Riverbanks Zoo’s popular Lights Before Christmas’ half-million twinkling lights and snow falling throughout the park provide the perfect backdrop for your company’s holiday festivities.

Admission tickets (with private rental and minimum of 50 people): $7 per person.

Holiday Party Package

Lights Before Christmas (6–9pm, Nov 21–Dec 30)

View FAQs about Private Corporate Events

Can I use my own caterer?

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden partners with an on-site third-party event specialist/caterer, ensuring fast and efficient service from the initial planning stage all the way through to your event’s execution. A portion of the caterer’s proceeds support Riverbanks’ conservation efforts.

Is there a catering minimum?

All private events at Riverbanks require a minimum catering spend. This is because our onsite event specialist/caterer manages all planning and execution of events and incurs related costs. There are different minimums for each type of event, but 25 guests is generally the accepted minimum for each menu.

What time can my event start and end?

General event timeframes are 9:00am–5:00pm and 7:00–11:00pm. These timeframes are flexible, however, and facility rental rates can be adjusted accordingly. Also, earlier start times or later end times can be booked, depending on available space, for an additional fee.

Is A/V equipment included?

A projector, screen and flip charts are all available at a very reasonable price. The Ndoki Lodge comes with a built-in sound system; however, a system must be rented for the Magnolia Room. If you are looking to book a corporate meeting, then our Meeting Package (PDF) has all the A/V you need built in!

Do I need to purchase Zoo admission tickets?

During Zoo hours, if your event schedule allows an opportunity for your guests to explore the park, then admission tickets are required; however, the tickets will be offered at a discounted event rate.

If some of my guests are Zoo members, do I need to pay their admission?

If you can provide your event coordinator with a valid membership number(s) of the attending members, then you don’t have to pay admission for those members.

May I bring my own vendors like a DJ, band, florist, entertainer, etc?

We ask that you check out our preferred vendor list first because all of these vendors know the unique logistics and rules of the Zoo. However, we can make exceptions as long we can approve and coach your vendor within sufficient time.

Do you offer any discounts or added value?

If your event is at one of our ‘off-peak’ times, then we would either be able to offer discounts or some kind of value-added program. Alternatively, we have set packages available for Meetings, Picnics, Holiday Parties and Zoo Buy-Outs, which have discounts already built in to save you time organizing!

Are there parking fees?

Parking is currently free of charge at Riverbanks.

Wild Adventure Discount Ticket Programs

Wild Adventures Corporate Club

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden now offers a great company perk for your hard working team. The Wild Adventures Corporate Club is an exciting and secure way for your employees and or members to purchase and print Riverbanks eTickets online at a great savings, all from the convenience of a personal computer. This saves time and money, and allows quicker entrance at the gate.

Through this program, your employees can simply buy tickets with your exclusive Wild Adventure Corporate Club coupon code.

Enrolling in this program is as easy as 1-2-3. Sign up your company for the Wild Adventures Corporate Club today!

Pre-paid Discount Ticket Program

Thank your employees on one special day or throughout the year by participating in Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s Pre-paid Discount Ticket Program. Great for family fun days, employee of the month recognition, client appreciation, or resale to your employees (helping them save their hard earned dollars). Discount tickets cost just $9 for adults and $8 for children. That’s a savings of more than 25%.

Tickets are sold in batches of 25 and companies must purchase a minimum of 25 to receive the discounted rate. For companies that plan to resell the tickets, we provide promotional materials to help you get the word out to your employees. Tickets will be printed with your company name and have no expiration date. Companies should allow five business days to receive tickets and promotional materials. Other Zoo promotions and discounts are not valid with discount tickets.

Event Sales inquiries:
803.602.0900

Our new event planning website is under construction. If you don’t find what you need here, please call us!

Rental rates negotiable based on number of attendees and time of year.

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