Birthday Parties


Austin Zoo is a great location for birthday parties of all ages! Austin Zoo birthday parties can occur in our Picnic Grove or in one of our three venues.

Before reserving your party, please read through all the information on this page. For reservations, call our Gift Shop at (512) 288-1490.


Cost and Payment

The birthday party admission rate is $6.00 per person, with a 15 person minimum. One individual must pay the total bill to receive the discounted rate.
Any guests paying for their own admission will be charged regular zoo admission prices.

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking for all birthday party reservations. This deposit will be applied to the total admission costs of your party.
Example: If you have 20 guests arrive, the admission cost is $120.00. When you close out your tab, we will deduct the $50.00 deposit from this total, and you will owe the difference of $70.00.

All venue fees are due in full at the time of booking. Scroll down for venue prices and pictures.

Final Payment is due before you and your party guests leave the zoo or before the Gift Shop closes at 5:00pm–whichever occurs first.

We accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover and cash.


Austin Zoo has three private venues available for rent: the Peacock Barn, the Primate Pavilion and the Events Pavilion.

Peacock Barn
Events Pavilion (Decorations not included.)
Events Pavilion (decorations not included!)
Primate Pavilion
Primate Pavilion

Venue Time Slots: 10 am – 12 pm, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, 3 pm – 5 pm

Venue Pricing:

  • Peacock Barn: $75.00
  • Primate Pavilion: $75.00
  • Events Pavilion: $150.00

The Peacock Barn is located next to the Discovery Center, Train Station and Petting Corral. It is outdoors and enclosed on three sides.

The Primate Pavilion is located on top of the hill next to our Primate Palace. It is outdoors and gated with fencing along each side.

Our newest venue, the Events Pavilion, is 875 sq. ft., indoor, temperature-controlled and located in our Education Building. This venue requires an additional damage deposit of $100.00 at time of booking. You can receive the full amount back if there is no damage after your party.

If you book your party during the week (Monday-Friday), venue prices are half off! Peacock Barn and Primate Pavilion will be $37.50, and Events Pavilion will be $75.00 (plus $100.00 damage deposit).

Venue fees are due in full at the time of booking.


Guest Lists, Food and Decorations

A guest list (including family members) must be provided when you arrive on the day of the party.
All guests should be advised to check in at the Gift Shop as they arrive, so we can mark them as present on the provided guest list.
Your list will be used to calculate the total number of guests in attendance and the total cost for the party. You will not be charged for absent guests.

You may bring food and drinks into the Zoo.
Pizza delivery to the Zoo is available from Pizza Hut (512) 358-0000, Mr. Gatti’s (512) 583-8098, Domino’s (512) 288-8886, or Craig O’s (512) 891-7200.
Plastic leopard and zebra print tablecloths are available for purchase for $6.00 each in the Gift Shop.

Decorations are not provided by the Zoo, but you are welcome to bring them with you.
These items must stay in the picnic area or your private venue.


New! Austin Zoo Birthday Package

Let us take off some of the pressure of planning your party!

This birthday package includes:
Venue Time Slot (Events, Primate or Peacock), Animal Experience Show, 20 Austin Zoo admissions, 20 Austin Zoo invitations, 20 Goodie Bags, 10 Animal Feed Bags

  • Events Pavilion Package -$495.00 ($100 damage deposit also necessary for this venue)
  • Primate Pavilion Package -$425.00
  • Peacock Barn Package -$425.00

Important: Any additional admissions can be purchased for $6.00 per person on the day of your party. Birthday Package parties will not pay the $50 nonrefundable deposit; any additional admissions must be paid for on the day of the party. There are no refunds for unused admissions, goodie bags, invitations or any other part of the package. You can add additional goodie bags, invitations and/or animal feed – the additional cost per item will be placed on the package price when you book your party.

New! Austin Zoo Goodie Bags and Invitations

Austin Zoo Goodie Bags and Invitations are now available to purchase for your party!
Buy 20 invitations for $15.00 (or $.75 each), plus tax. Important: we must mail you these invitations, so keep this in mind when you book your party.
Goodie Bags are $5.00 each (plus tax) and include a variety of small Austin Zoo gift shop merchandise.
You must purchase these in advance (preferably when you book your party).



We have one charcoal grill available for use, provided the burn ban is not on. Charge for use of the grill is $10.00.
Grill must be reserved ahead of time. You must supply your own charcoal & lighter.



Starting October 1, 2016, the train will cost $3.00 per person. To make special arrangements for your group, call (512) 970-2987.


Reschedules and Cancellations

If you need to reschedule or cancel a reservation, please call our Gift Shop at (512) 288-1490 as soon as possible. Austin Zoo welcomes reschedules at any time without penalty.

The $50.00 deposit is non-refundable.

If you must cancel, 50% of the venue fee will be refunded if you cancel at anytime up to two weeks prior to your event date. No refunds will be given within 14 days of your event date.