Weddings at Sunset Zoo

Sunset Zoo’s unique setting offers several packages for the perfect wedding experience with indoor and outdoor venues ideal for ceremonies and receptions. Set up a consultation and tour of the facilities with our Event Sales Coordinator, Courtney Dehn, dehn@cityofmhk.com or 785-587-2737.

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Wedding Venues

Our new Nature Exploration Center opened in 2012 at the Zoo’s entryway. This state-of-the-art facility overlooks the animal collection and offers over 4,000 square feet of indoor event space. It’s ideal for a wedding ceremony or reception, and has an adjacent outdoor plaza with sunset views. Inside the main Zoo, our historic limestone pavilion and open-air Chautauqua Amphitheater are also popular choices for couples. The pavilion is perfect for a more casual celebration and the amphitheater offers picturesque views ideal for a wedding ceremony. Read more about our facilities.

Wedding Packages
Wedding packages range from $500 to $3,000, depending on the size and day of the event. Additional fees may include a minimal alcohol fee and refundable damage deposit; alcohol is permitted at events when the Zoo is closed to the public.
  • Ultimate Zoo Wedding Package
    up to 220 guests (banquet) | 298 (cocktail setup)
    includes rental of Nature Exploration Center, setup up of tables & chairs inside the facility, Zoo admission for all of your guests, after-hours opening of animal exhibits and an optional ceremony location inside the Zoo.
  • Nature Exploration Center Package
    up to 220 guests (banquet) | 298 (cocktail setup)
    includes rental of Nature Exploration Center, setup of tables & chairs inside the facility, does not include access into the Zoo. Admission can be added for an additional charge.
  • Outdoor Wedding Ceremony and Reception - up to 250 guests
    includes rental of Chautauqua Amphitheater for your ceremony & the Zoo's historic limestone pavilion for your reception. Includes Zoo admission for all of your guests.
  • Outdoor Wedding Ceremony - up to 250 guest
    includes rental of Chautauqua Amphitheater or the limestone pavilion. Includes Zoo admission for all of your guests.

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Want to see more photos of real Sunset Zoo weddings? Check out our pinterest board!

Availability & Booking Information


The Zoo's wedding facilities are available to rent year-round, seven days a week. Couples are encouraged to reach out as far as in advance as possible to secure their date, particularly if interested in a spring or fall wedding. These popular seasons often book a year in advance. We also recommend scheduling a visit to tour the facilities and better understand how the Zoo can help meet your vision for this special day. Email Courtney to learn more at dehn@cityofmhk.com or 785-587-2737.

Catering


Event rental guests are invited to use any caterer they wish, provided they are on the Zoo's approved caterer list. This list simply requires the caterer to register with our Event Sales Coordinator and provide an up-to-date copy of their caterer's license. Additionally, alcohol is permitted at rental events so long as it is in accordance with the Zoo's facility use guidelines, and all city, state and federal laws. To learn more, contact Courtney at dehn@cityofmhk.com or 785-587-2737.

Rehearsal Dinners & Bridal Showers
We’ve got spaces for rehearsal dinners and showers too! Check out event rentals page for more information.

Event Extras
Consider enhancing your event with extras like a live animal roamer program or an air-brushed face painting package.