The North Carolina Zoo has designated free public picnic areas located outside the ticket booths in the Akiba Market (Africa) and North America Plaza. Both sites have shaded picnic tables and offer lovely lakeside views. Please remember to have your hand stamped or use your admission receipt to leave and re-enter the Park. See Park Map.
North America picnic site: you can park your car closer to the picnic tables. Restrooms (ADA compliant) are located in close proximity to the picnic tables.
The Zoo does not allow personal food or coolers inside the Park due to animal welfare. Grilling is not allowed. Note that storage lockers are located near the North America admission booth.
The North Carolina Zoo has designated rental picnic areas available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. Catering can be arranged (minimum 15 guests) through Service Systems Associates (SSA). To plan your group outing, select from several locations, choose your catered menu and reserve by calling 800.488.0444 Ext. 7700. The natural setting of the Zoo enhances any gathering or special event.