Make your wedding unforgettable at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Guests will enjoy nearly 30 acres of lush gardens, majestic ocean views, and our incredible animals. We work with you every step of the way to make sure your wedding day is perfect.

“I just wanted to thank you for everything you did to make our wedding a success. We have been getting endless praise that the entire thing was the best wedding they’ve ever been to, and that the food was amazing. Thank you so much!”


July 2009
“I just got back from my honeymoon yesterday, and I wanted to say thank you for all your help with the wedding. It was perfect, it really was. It was such a unique and beautiful venue and very memorable for our guests. I got a lot of compliments on the food, and it was delicious. Everything else you guys did was great too, I’d recommend you anytime!”


September 2009
“The Zoo dinner was a huge success. And I mean huge! We received so many compliments about the venue, the food and service. It was outstanding! Thanks again!”

Janis Medler

October 2009 Amgen Inc.
“Joshua and I had the wedding of our dreams -thanks to the hard work that you, the zoo staff, and Zoo Catering by Rincon did for us. I know that Marc & the catering team are a recent addition to the Zoo staff -and an excellent one! They were so thorough and professional throughout the entire wedding planning process…and were truly a joy to work with.”

Lani & Joshua

September 2008
“We cannot thank you enough! Marc – you really took everything I said to heart. You gave me a wedding that was more beautiful than anything I could imagine. Angie – you were so doting and thoughtful that day. You took care of details before I even knew they were needed. People are still talking about how wonderful everything was. Everyone loved the food too! Thank you so much for all of your hard work! It was the BEST day of our lives!”

Susan & Rashaad

June 2009
“I wanted you to know how much your staff contributed to making our event a fun and relaxing event… they did so many extra things, like staying late and helping our elderly family members. They were terrific!…We will definitely consider the SB Zoo for our next family get-together because of their excellent service.”


April 2007 family picnic
“…the Zoo put on a wonderful presentation for my wedding. Everyone enjoyed it.”

Trisha & Ray

June 2007
“We all had a FABULOUS time! People keep gushing over how good the food was, and how much fun they had. We saw more people there than we’ve seen at any other event, so I can guarantee that we’ll be back! Thank you all for such wonderful help; it was a definite success!”


2008 Summer Picnic Special Technologies Laboratory
“James and I wanted to thank you for helping us host the wedding of our dreams! All of our family and friends were blown away at how beautiful everything was…and that couldn’t have been possible without the Santa Barbara Zoo.”

Jenna & James

October 2005
“The venue was more than we anticipated…”

Marty & Michele

July 2007
“Ron and I would like to thank you all for the wonderful wedding day you provided for Scott and Kelly. You provided us with excellent service from start to finish. Everyone was so helpful and professional but with almost a family quality. All the guests fell in love with the site, the food, the presentation was perfect!”

Kathy Rodriquez

August 2009 Mother & Father of the Bride

Our ceremony site, Palm Garden, can accommodate 250-275 guests; the Hilltop reception site can accommodate parties of 500+.

The ceremony and reception site fee is $4,000 for up to 200 guests. If your guest count exceeds 200 people, there is an additional fee of $15 per additional guest.


We request a deposit of 50% of the site fee and a refundable $300 security deposit at the time of reservation.

Catering, Beverage, & Rental Services

Zoo Catering Services by Rincon will assist you with all catering, beverage service, and rental needs. Specialty services such as lighting, full wedding coordination, cakes, and decor can also be arranged. Please contact Angie.

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