Picnicking is not allowed inside the Zoo.
You are welcome to picnic at one of our public picnic areas located outside the Zoo prior to admissions. Dragonfly public picnic area is located outside of the North America entrance. Oak Hill public picnic areas are located outside the Africa entrance.
Picnic Rentals and Catering
The North Carolina Zoo has designated rental picnic areas available by reservation only. Catering for your event or get together (minimum of 15 guests) is provided by our on-site caterer, Service Systems Associates (SSA). To plan your group outing, select from several rental 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.