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 Picnics

The Zoo’s lush green spaces, exotic animals and exciting rides and attractions are a natural choice for company picnics and staff retreats.

Picnics can be held in our sheltered Safari Camp throughout the year from 11:00am–1:00pm or 2:00–4:00pm. Time extensions, catering enhancements and entertainment additions are also popular options!

For picnics over 100 guests, we offer an appealing all-inclusive package covering facility rental, picnic tables, admission tickets, catering, taxes and event management that saves both time and money. Check out our Picnic Packages (PDF).

For picnics under 100 guests, we will create a detailed quote for you based on your preferences from the menu and venue options below.

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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 and Garden is pleased to offer a simple, step-by-step guide to planning your holiday party — 2015 Holiday Party Guide (PDF)!

Simply select your event space, choose a catering menu and bar option, and then add enhancements to make your party memorable.

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

View FAQs about Private Corporate Events

Can I use my own caterer?

No. Riverbanks has an exclusive on-site event specialist caterer who is contracted for all Food & Beverage services at the Zoo and Garden. This ensures maximum efficiencies, as the layout and logistics of our venue is quite unique. Popular options include our set menus, but we can be flexible in customizing a menu to your taste, budget and vision.

Is there a Food & Beverage minimum?

All private events at Riverbanks require a minimum Food & Beverage spend. For daytime events, a minimum of 25 guests per menu is generally accepted. Evening event minimums are dependent on the time of year. For example, a Saturday evening in December would require a minimum of 100 guests at $45 per person (excl. service charge and tax), which is the equivalent to a $4,500 Food & Drink spend. However, a Saturday evening during a quiet month like February can allow us to be a lot more flexible!

What time can my event start and end?

General event windows are 9:00am–5:00pm and 7:00–11:00pm; however, these can be adjusted. Adding on hours to these windows is also possible for an additional fee.

What does the Facility Rental include?

We make it easy! Your facility rental generally includes in-house tables, chairs, standard linens, set up, clean up and an event manager.

When can we set up for our event?

You may do any ‘personal touches’ during Riverbanks’ scheduled set up window. Alternatively, if we have no other events happening before your own and we have staff on premises, we may be able to arrange a set-up time further in advance. Please discuss options with your event sales representative at time of booking.

Is A/V equipment included?

The Ndoki Lodge is the only space with a built-in PA and sound system. Some other event spaces have background music capability. Please consult with your event sales representative on your A/V needs because if Riverbanks does not own it, we can certainly obtain equipment for you at great rates!

Do I need to purchase Zoo admission tickets?

During Zoo hours, if your event schedule allows for an opportunity for guests to exit your event space, then admission tickets are required; however, these tickets will be offered at a discounted event rate of just $7.00 per adult (normally $13.95).

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

If you can provide your event sales representative with a valid membership number(s) for each attending guest that is a member, then you don’t have to pay admission for those particular guests.

Are there parking fees?

Parking is currently free of charge at Riverbanks.

May I bring in my own vendor(s)?

Yes, although if you do not choose a vendor from Riverbanks’ list of ‘Preferred Vendors’, then you must seek written approval from your event sales representative. Your new vendor must agree to Riverbanks’ ‘Vendor Procedures’ in order to receive such approval or they will not be allowed to enter the premises.

Do you offer any discounts?

If your event is at an ‘off-peak’ time, then we would either be able to offer a discount or some kind of added-value. Alternatively, we have set packages that have discounts built in, for Meetings, Holiday Parties and Exclusive Park Rentals.

Do you host menu tastings?

Our executive chef hosts group tastings twice a year, which are free to attend. Alternatively, we can set up a private tasting for a small fee to cover our catering costs.

Can I tentatively hold a date?

Yes, we will be happy to place a temporary 14-day hold on your date and space(s) and during this time no other parties can hold it. After 14 days, and possibly without notification, we must be fair and accept other offers.

How can I confirm my event?

To confirm your event we require 1.) a signed contract and 2.) a deposit which is the value of your Facility Rental. If booking less than 3 months out from your event, then your deposit will include some of your catering value too. When we receive both items, your event is firmly secured in our event calendar, and until then we reserve the right to accept other offers for the date and space(s) that you are interested in.

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

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

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