Wedding Receptions

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has a wide array of venues to make your wedding reception absolutely perfect. Browse the options below, design your own reception, or contact 412-365-2536 or rentals@pittsburghzoo.org to speak with a Zoo rentals professional who will help the Zoo cater to your every need.

Learn more about our banquet and reception packages, our bar packages, or our full catering menu, or peruse our premier wedding reception venues.



  • PPG Aquarium
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      Brilliantly colored aquatic life from around the globe, a lush rainforest, and waterfalls make a fabulous setting for a refreshing event, whether for a business function or a social gathering. Dine next to sharks and sip on tropical drinks as exotic fish swim by for remarkable photo memories.

      The PPG Aquarium can accommodate a maximum of 200 seated guests or 500 guests in a cocktail-style setting. This stunning venue is available year-round, evenings only. The $3,000 rental rate includes one shuttle for five hours*, and seating for up to 150 people.

      All evening rentals are in four-hour increments. One extra hour may be added at an additional fee. Outdoor rentals must end by 11 p.m. All animal exhibits close at dusk. For reservations, call 412-365-2536. For catering information, call Taste of the Wild Catering, the Zoo's internal catering company, at 412-365-6003.

      *Shuttle runs one half hour before your four hour event begins and up to one-half hour after your event ends.
  • Water's Edge
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      Everything about this venue is awe-inspiring. The entrance transports visitors to Pier Town, a coastal village complete with polar bears, sea otters, and sand tiger sharks. Your guests will encounter two underwater tunnels with polar bears and sharks as they enter and exit the spacious and elegant event room. This indoor and outdoor venue is well suited for wedding receptions, holiday parties, mitzvahs, meetings, cocktail parties, and many imaginative happenings.

      Water's Edge can accommodate a maximum of 140 seated guests or 200 guests in a cocktail-style setting. This stunning venue is available year-round, evenings only. The $2,250 rental rate for Pier Town and the indoor event space includes one shuttle for five hours*, and seating for up to 140 people. For a rental rate of $3,000, your rental can include the entire Water's Edge complex and the adjacent PNC Pavilion.

      All evening rentals are in four-hour increments. One extra hour may be added at an additional fee. Outdoor rentals must end by 11 p.m. All animal exhibits close at dusk. For reservations, call 412-365-2536. For catering information, call Taste of the Wild Catering, the Zoo's internal catering company, at 412-365-6003.

      *Shuttle runs one half hour before your four hour event begins and up to one-half hour after your event ends.
  • Garden Tent
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      Our illuminated 7,200 square-foot Garden Tent is a grand venue for your wedding reception, anniversary party, barbecue, or corporate event. Surrounded by lavish foliage and botanical gardens, this is an excellent space for an elegant dinner with dancing.
      The Garden Tent can accommodate a maximum of 500 seated guests, 600 theater-style guests, or 800 guests in a cocktail-style setting. This stunning venue is available April through October, both daytimes and evenings (weather permitting). The rental rate is $1,200 for evening events and discounted to $600 for daytime events (discounted group admission rates also apply to daytime events), and includes seating for up to 150 guests.

      All evening rentals are in four-hour increments. One extra hour may be added at an additional fee. Outdoor rentals must end by 11 p.m. All animal exhibits close at dusk. For reservations, call 412-365-2536. For catering information, call Taste of the Wild Catering, the Zoo's internal catering company, at 412-365-6003.