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The Peoria Zoo

Peoria , IL

LOCATION

2320 N. Prospect Road
Peoria, IL 61603 US (map)

PHONE

309-686-3365

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

We have a new building within The Peoria Zoo called The Zambezi River Lodge, that can accomodate 200 guests seated indoors. Just outside of this building is a courtyard with a covered... Read more
We have a new building within The Peoria Zoo called The Zambezi River Lodge, that can accomodate 200 guests seated indoors. Just outside of this building is a courtyard with a covered rondavel that is ideal for outdoor weddings.

The Lodge, the courtyard or the entire zoo are available for your events. We supply the tables and chairs, and work directly with each bride or event planner to insure a successful event. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
2009
When was your venue last renovated?
2009
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Eclectic, Other
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
215
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
750
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
2009
When was your venue last renovated?
2009
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Park / Zoo / Natural Space
Describe the style of your venue
Eclectic, Other
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
750
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Amanda
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding reception at the Peoria Zoo in June, 2014. Overall, it was great! Below are some things you should know:

*The majority, if not all, of the reviews below concern Preston. However, Preston left the zoo at the end of 2013 and there is a new coordinator in place. Carol was great at responding to emails, helping us finish things up the last few months, and keeping things going the day-of.

*I found the rental price for the lodge to be very fair. If you want to have the animals left out for guests to view, it is $400 an hour.

*The zoo is very much a do-it-yourself sort of venue. You will need to rent your own linens (we bought them online) and find your own caterer, etc. We used Hickory River and they were amazing--tons and tons of food for everyone, and they even packed up the leftovers. We did appetizers through them and rented the china from them as well. Super responsive and easy to work with.

*There is no sales tax on the rental, drinks, alcohol, etc., which helped save a good amount of money.

*One important thing to be aware of involves set-up. The lodge is a concession stand by day and doesn't close down until 3:00. There is no where to store all the linens, decorations, etc, so you either need to bring them that morning (which wouldn't work, because all the family and friends were at the wedding ceremony) or have a van or suv loaded with them and park it at the zoo overnight. We ended up renting a small moving truck, parking it at the zoo friday night, and leaving the keys with them. The zoo has a staff to help set up, but it is probably a good idea to have a wedding coordinator or hire a few people (as we did) especially if you are doing anything more elaborate, like a candy table, etc.

Overall, it's a really unique venue and we absolutely loved it!
I had my wedding reception at the Peoria Zoo in June, 2014. Overall, it was great! Below are some things you should Read more...
I had my wedding reception at the Peoria Zoo in June, 2014. Overall, it was great! Below are some things you should know:

*The majority, if not all, of the reviews below concern Preston. However, Preston left the zoo at the end of 2013 and there is a new coordinator in place. Carol was great at responding to emails, helping us finish things up the last few months, and keeping things going the day-of.

*I found the rental price for the lodge to be very fair. If you want to have the animals left out for guests to view, it is $400 an hour.

*The zoo is very much a do-it-yourself sort of venue. You will need to rent your own linens (we bought them online) and find your own caterer, etc. We used Hickory River and they were amazing--tons and tons of food for everyone, and they even packed up the leftovers. We did appetizers through them and rented the china from them as well. Super responsive and easy to work with.

*There is no sales tax on the rental, drinks, alcohol, etc., which helped save a good amount of money.

*One important thing to be aware of involves set-up. The lodge is a concession stand by day and doesn't close down until 3:00. There is no where to store all the linens, decorations, etc, so you either need to bring them that morning (which wouldn't work, because all the family and friends were at the wedding ceremony) or have a van or suv loaded with them and park it at the zoo overnight. We ended up renting a small moving truck, parking it at the zoo friday night, and leaving the keys with them. The zoo has a staff to help set up, but it is probably a good idea to have a wedding coordinator or hire a few people (as we did) especially if you are doing anything more elaborate, like a candy table, etc.

Overall, it's a really unique venue and we absolutely loved it! Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Preston and The Peoria Zoo. Everyone there was absolutely amazing to work with and helped with everything and anything they could. The lodge is the most beautiful reception location I have ever seen and Preston is the most helpful and amazing person to work with. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate us and make our reception perfect. AND Preston even offered us the Zoo's Lodge as an alternate location for our ceremony in case of rain! The limited time frame available for setting up the event sounded concerning but worked out perfectly!! We couldn't have asked for anything more and we got many wonderful compliments from our guests about the establishment. We will definitely be spreading the word and keeping Preston and his team in mind for future events!
I cannot say enough good things about Preston and The Peoria Zoo. Everyone there was absolutely amazing to work with and Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Preston and The Peoria Zoo. Everyone there was absolutely amazing to work with and helped with everything and anything they could. The lodge is the most beautiful reception location I have ever seen and Preston is the most helpful and amazing person to work with. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate us and make our reception perfect. AND Preston even offered us the Zoo's Lodge as an alternate location for our ceremony in case of rain! The limited time frame available for setting up the event sounded concerning but worked out perfectly!! We couldn't have asked for anything more and we got many wonderful compliments from our guests about the establishment. We will definitely be spreading the word and keeping Preston and his team in mind for future events! Read less
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Retha
Wedding:
4/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Our daughter and son-in-law's wedding at the Peoria Zoo/Zambezi River Lodge was a wonderful experience all the way through from start to finish. We are from out of town and are not familiar with vendors in the area or companies to rent items from for the wedding. Preston Waters (guest services manager) with the Peoria Zoo was wonderful! He went above and beyond to make the event an evening the couple will always remember. Preston asked what kind of budget we had and the kind of evening the couple wanted. He gave suggestions on caterers, rental vendors and even linens for the night to keep us on budget. The event went off like clockwork. Everyone was friendly and knew exactly what to do and when. Preston was even on site for the entire event in case anything had to be addressed. We had numerous compliments from family members for the great staff.
Our daughter and son-in-law's wedding at the Peoria Zoo/Zambezi River Lodge was a wonderful experience all the way through Read more...
Our daughter and son-in-law's wedding at the Peoria Zoo/Zambezi River Lodge was a wonderful experience all the way through from start to finish. We are from out of town and are not familiar with vendors in the area or companies to rent items from for the wedding. Preston Waters (guest services manager) with the Peoria Zoo was wonderful! He went above and beyond to make the event an evening the couple will always remember. Preston asked what kind of budget we had and the kind of evening the couple wanted. He gave suggestions on caterers, rental vendors and even linens for the night to keep us on budget. The event went off like clockwork. Everyone was friendly and knew exactly what to do and when. Preston was even on site for the entire event in case anything had to be addressed. We had numerous compliments from family members for the great staff. Read less
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Jaime
Wedding:
10/11/2012
5.0/5.0
The Peoria Zoo is the best place to have a wedding ceremony and reception!!! Preston Waters was a fabulous person to work with. He was very quick to respond to my calls and emails.....even when I had crazy bride freak out moments. He made sure our day was perfect!!! I have already recommended the zoo to other brides.
The Peoria Zoo is the best place to have a wedding ceremony and reception!!! Preston Waters was a fabulous person to work Read more...
The Peoria Zoo is the best place to have a wedding ceremony and reception!!! Preston Waters was a fabulous person to work with. He was very quick to respond to my calls and emails.....even when I had crazy bride freak out moments. He made sure our day was perfect!!! I have already recommended the zoo to other brides. Read less
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The Peoria Zoo responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Jaime. I could not wish for a better job than the one I have. I get to be a part of your biggest day, and this brings great pride.

Good Luck,

Preston
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Kodi
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
I loved our wedding at the zoo!!!! Everyone had an amazing time and having the animals out for our guests to enjoy while we took pictures was fantastic!!!! Thanks so much to Preston and all the staff at Peoria Zoo. You've made our special day one that we'll remember FOREVER!!!
I loved our wedding at the zoo!!!! Everyone had an amazing time and having the animals out for our guests to enjoy while Read more...
I loved our wedding at the zoo!!!! Everyone had an amazing time and having the animals out for our guests to enjoy while we took pictures was fantastic!!!! Thanks so much to Preston and all the staff at Peoria Zoo. You've made our special day one that we'll remember FOREVER!!! Read less
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Virginia
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
The Peoria Zoo was an awesome venue to hold our wedding reception! The Peoria Zoo is very unique and not just your traditional banquet hall. The Peoria Zoo staff was wonderful to work with and very accommodating to our wishes and large 300+ guests. The Peoria Zoo offers both indoor and outdoor facilities with the option to have the animals stay out in their habitats for guest to walk around and enjoy. I am very pleased with the entire staff and could not have asked for a better, more unique location to hold our wedding reception. I would recommend the Peoria Zoo to any bride and groom planning their big day.
The Peoria Zoo was an awesome venue to hold our wedding reception! The Peoria Zoo is very unique and not just your Read more...
The Peoria Zoo was an awesome venue to hold our wedding reception! The Peoria Zoo is very unique and not just your traditional banquet hall. The Peoria Zoo staff was wonderful to work with and very accommodating to our wishes and large 300+ guests. The Peoria Zoo offers both indoor and outdoor facilities with the option to have the animals stay out in their habitats for guest to walk around and enjoy. I am very pleased with the entire staff and could not have asked for a better, more unique location to hold our wedding reception. I would recommend the Peoria Zoo to any bride and groom planning their big day. Read less
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The Peoria Zoo responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the kind words. We are very proud of our facility and of our staff. It is a privilege to be a part of your special day, and we wish you the best of luck in the future.
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Camiella
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Preston at the Zoo was amazing. Everything turned out really beautiful and they were really accommodating. I loved everything about the night and the pricing was great for everything we got. It was tons of fun and we've received so many compliments.
Preston at the Zoo was amazing. Everything turned out really beautiful and they were really accommodating. I loved Read more...
Preston at the Zoo was amazing. Everything turned out really beautiful and they were really accommodating. I loved everything about the night and the pricing was great for everything we got. It was tons of fun and we've received so many compliments. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Preston is amazing to work with! He will make your day all about you & make sure that everything goes perfectly! His staff is phenomenal & so friendly! It's also just a beautiful venue, we hardly decorated because the inside & out is so beautiful! I'd recommend this venue & Preston Waters to anyone looking for a place to have their wedding!
Preston is amazing to work with! He will make your day all about you & make sure that everything goes perfectly! His staff Read more...
Preston is amazing to work with! He will make your day all about you & make sure that everything goes perfectly! His staff is phenomenal & so friendly! It's also just a beautiful venue, we hardly decorated because the inside & out is so beautiful! I'd recommend this venue & Preston Waters to anyone looking for a place to have their wedding! Read less
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Gene
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Preston Waters was extremely helpful and assisted me in coordinating various vendors for catering, music, etc. The Zambezi Lodge at the Peoria Zoo is both beautiful and unique, a memorable setting. Having the animals out in the early evening was like built-in entertainment, enjoyed by our guests of all ages.
Preston Waters was extremely helpful and assisted me in coordinating various vendors for catering, music, etc. The Zambezi Read more...
Preston Waters was extremely helpful and assisted me in coordinating various vendors for catering, music, etc. The Zambezi Lodge at the Peoria Zoo is both beautiful and unique, a memorable setting. Having the animals out in the early evening was like built-in entertainment, enjoyed by our guests of all ages. Read less
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Whitney
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
The Zambezi Lodge is a fantastic reception venue. Preston, the coordinator for the venue is absolutely fantastic. He offered his wisdom and knowledge throughout the planning process that helped to make our day special and save us money while still having the wedding that we dreamed of. He was incredibly helpful and made the process go very smoothly. The space itself is wonderful, and able to fit any bride's needs. It is a beautiful room, spacious, but still intimate. I would recommend the Peoria Zoo over any other venue in the area!!
The Zambezi Lodge is a fantastic reception venue. Preston, the coordinator for the venue is absolutely fantastic. He Read more...
The Zambezi Lodge is a fantastic reception venue. Preston, the coordinator for the venue is absolutely fantastic. He offered his wisdom and knowledge throughout the planning process that helped to make our day special and save us money while still having the wedding that we dreamed of. He was incredibly helpful and made the process go very smoothly. The space itself is wonderful, and able to fit any bride's needs. It is a beautiful room, spacious, but still intimate. I would recommend the Peoria Zoo over any other venue in the area!! Read less
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DEALS

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We offer a discount on the rental of The Village when it is used in conjunction with renting The Lodge. Most of our on-site wedding ceremonies take place in The Village.The two spaces, together, can accomodate up to 1000 guests. The rental rate is based on the day of the week. Please, call us to get a quote.
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