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Picnic Rentals


Host your next special occasion at the North Carolina Zoo! The beautiful, natural settings of our picnic areas enhance gatherings from 15 to 3,000 people. Our picnic areas are available for almost any event -- from birthday parties to company outings to family reunions. The picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 800.488.0444, ext 7700 or 336.879.7700 to discuss pricing if you are interested in renting one of these locations. Zoo staff is available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.


Africa picnic areas

Hippo Beach

Overlooking Africa Lake and near the entrance to Africa, the peaceful, natural area we fondly call Hippo Beach showcases nearby hippos and accommodates as many as 75 guests. Half-day rentals (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) or full-day rentals (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) are available. Picnic tables and restrooms (ADA compliant) on site. Additional table and chair rentals available. Minimum 15 guests required for on-site catering. 

Lakeside


Also overlooking Africa Lake and near the entrance to Africa, Lakeside provides gorgeous, tranquil views of nearby wildlife and accommodates as many as 150 guests. It has 14 large picnic tables, seven of which are covered. Half-day rentals (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) or full-day rentals (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) are available. Restrooms (ADA compliant) are a short walk away. Additional table and chair rentals available. Minimum 15 guests required for on-site catering.

Oak Hill


Once an old homestead, Oak Hill offers the perfect setting for an old-fashioned picnic, large enough to comfortably host as many as 3,000 guests. Only full-day rentals (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) are available, and tents, tables and chairs also may be rented. Restrooms (ADA compliant) are nearby. Minimum 15 guests required for on-site catering.

North America picnic area

Dragonfly Pointe

With a deck that overlooks North America’s wetlands and all of their splendor, this is the most intimate of our picnic areas, accommodating up to 50 guests seated or 70 guests standing. Chair and table rentals are available, and a minimum 15 guests are required for on-site catering. This is a free facility that is available on a first-come, first-served basis during regular Zoo hours. Note that there are no restrooms at Dragonfly Pointe -- the closest facilities are a short walk away at Solar Pointe. 

Solar Pointe

Beautifully landscaped and eco-friendly, Solar Pointe rests at the south end of the North America parking lot, easily accessible to the North America Plaza. It consists of three pavilions -- Green, Yellow and Blue -- that are named for the color pad on each's roof. Combined, these 9,600 square feet of solar collectors can generate as much as 104 kilowatts per hour of electricity. This rental location has a smoke-free designation and 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. The Green pavilion includes 35 permanent picnic tables; the Yellow and Blue pavilions do not have picnic tables. Table and chair rentals are available. Restrooms (ADA compliant) on site. Minimum 15 guests required for on-site catering.

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




Other Picnic Information

Catering


All catering for rented picnic areas is booked exclusively through the Zoo's catering company, Service Systems Associates (SSA). SSA's services include food, beverage and rental items, such as tents, chairs, tables and PA systems. Learn more about SSA's services.

Re-Entry to the North Carolina 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 six weeks prior to your function.

Black-out Dates

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

Trash

Large trash cans and recycling bins 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 the North Carolina Zoo clean!


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Holiday Visit Tips

Keep Your Pets Cool

About the Area

Art in the Park

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Catering

Food

FYI/Tour the Zoo

Gift Cards

Gift Shops

Hiking Trails

Infant Care

Park Transportation

Parking

Picnic Rentals

Picnicking

School Lunch Menu

See the Animals

Special Needs

Visitor Needs

What to Bring

Wheelchair and Stroller Rental

Zoo Rules


Tickets

Holiday Visit Tips

Keep Your Pets Cool

About the Area

Art in the Park

Ask for Help

Catering

Food

FYI/Tour the Zoo

Gift Cards

Gift Shops

Hiking Trails

Infant Care

Park Transportation

Parking

Picnic Rentals

Picnicking

School Lunch Menu

See the Animals

Special Needs

Visitor Needs

What to Bring

Wheelchair and Stroller Rental

Zoo Rules


Tickets

Holiday Visit Tips

Keep Your Pets Cool

About the Area

Art in the Park

Ask for Help

Catering

Food

FYI/Tour the Zoo

Gift Cards

Gift Shops

Hiking Trails

Infant Care

Park Transportation

Parking

Picnic Rentals

Picnicking

School Lunch Menu

See the Animals

Special Needs

Visitor Needs

What to Bring

Wheelchair and Stroller Rental

Zoo Rules