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Picnic Rentals

Plan your next event at the Zoo. The natural setting of our picnic areas enhances any gathering from 15 - 3,000 people. Our picnic areas are available for almost any occasion, from company outings to family reunions. The picnic areas are available on first-come, first-served basis.  Call 800-488-0444 Ext 7357 or 336.879.7357 to rent one of these locations. Reservationists can assist you Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST.

Africa picnic areas

Hippo Beach

Hippo Beach Picnic Rental

Overlooking Africa Lake. This area accommodates 15-100 persons. Picnic tables included. Water & electricity are available. Catered on-site cooking is permitted. Rental times/fee: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ($200), 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. ($100) and 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. ($100). 

Lakeside

Lakeside picnic rental

Overlooking Africa Lake, this area nicely accommodates 15-150 persons. It has 14 large picnic tables, seven of which are covered. Water & electricity are available. Catered on-site cooking is permitted. Rental times/fee: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ($200), 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. ($100) and 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. ($100). 

Oak Hill

Oak Hill picnic rental

Formerly an old homestead site, Oak Hill offers a peaceful setting for a large, old-fashioned picnic. The area accommodates 150 to 3,000 persons. Sodexo sets up tables, chairs and tents for a charge. For health reasons, on-ground seating is not advisable. Water & electricity are available. Catered on-site cooking is permitted. Rental time/fee: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ($300). 

North America picnic area

Dragonfly Pointe

Dragonfly Pointe Wetlands Deck

Deck overlooks North America’s Wetlands. This area accommodates up to 50 people seated and 70 standing. Tables and chairs can be set up for an additional fee. Catered on-site cooking is permitted. Rental times/fee: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ($200), 11 a.m. -2 p.m. ($100) or 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. ($100).

Solar Pointe

Solar Pointe picnic area at the NC Zoo

The Solar Pointe Pavilion consists of three separate poured concrete pads and covered pavilions that are approximately 40' x 60' each. This rental location has a smoke-free designation and is located outside the gates next to the North America parking lot and includes adjacent parking.  Bathroom facilities are located at the North America entrance to the Zoo. Each pad is color coded by name and themed by color. This rental location is versatile in its use and setup. Each pavilion can be rented for $500 each or the entire complex for a daily rental of $1,250. 

Rental times/fees:

Solar Pointe Picnic Areas

Picnic Area

Capacity

Price

Duration

Solar Pointe Blue

Up to 384

$500

All Day

Solar Pointe Yellow

Up to 256

$500

All Day

Solar Pointe Green

Up to 309

$500

All Day

All three Areas

Up to 1049

$1,250

All Day

The Alternative Energy (Blue Pavilion) is located near the 'back' of these three pavilions. This pavilion's setup and furnishings are determined when it is rented and provided through Sodexo, the Zoo's caterer. This rental unit can be furnished with either banquet tables or more intimate round tables. A banquet arrangement can serve up to 384 people using 48 tables, and a more formal setting, using round tables, can serve up to 272 people using 34 tables. 

The Solar Energy (Yellow Pavilion) is the middle structure located to the front of these three structures. It houses the inverter shed for the solar cells that create the cover for each pavilion and generate electricity for use. This pavilion's setup and furnishings are determined when it is rented and provided through Sodexo, the Zoo's caterer. This rental unit can be furnished with either banquet tables or round tables. A banquet arrangement can serve up to 256 people, using 32 banquet tables, or a more formal setting can serve up to 192 people, using 24 round tables.

The Green Energy (Green Pavilion) includes picnic tables. This rental has 35 permanent picnic tables and will accommodate seating for 245 people. Eight banquet tables can be added, if desired, in order to seat an additional 64 people. 

Other Picnic Information

Catering

All catering for rented picnic areas is done exclusively by the Zoo's catering company, Sodexo.   Sodexo's services include food, beverage and rental items, such as tents, chairs, tables and PA systems. Learn more about Sodexo's services.

Re-Entry to N.C. Zoo

All picnic areas are located outside of the admission gates. If you wish to re-enter the Zoo during your function, please remember to have your hand stamped.

Rain Dates

Sorry, but because of the high volume of requests we receive for picnic rentals, we cannot offer or hold a rain date.

Cancellations

Rental refunds are available when we receive cancellation notice at least 6 weeks prior to your function.

Black-out Dates

Rentals and catered functions are not available during major holidays, such as Labor Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Easter or during major Zoo special events.

Trash

Large cans are located throughout picnic areas. If you’re expecting a large party, we’ll provide you with extra bags and cans. Please do your part to help us keep N.C. Zoo clean.