Rental Spaces

If you are looking for delightful, flexible, and charismatic event spaces with the chance to "walk on the wild side," the Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center has just the space for you!

Whether it's:

  • Birthday parties
  • Baby showers
  • Weddings
  • Corporate events
  • Holiday parties
  • ... And more!

Conveniently located at the Topeka Zoo with a private entrance known as the, "Turtle Gate," the zoo is ready to host YOU! Whether you're a Topeka native, or need a great space located between Kansas City and Lawrence, we're here to help your celebrations be a roaring good time!


Kay McFarland Japanese Garden and Venue

The Kay McFarland Japanese Garden features traditional Koi ponds, bridges, lush landscapes, and exquisite architectural elements. The contemporary event center provides modern amenities and seats over 200 people at round tables. The dedicated bridal suite opens to a secluded garden, promoting peace and relaxation. Overlooking the largest pond, an open-air pavilion offers a gorgeous ceremony location or overflow seating.

The Kay McFarland Japanese Garden and Venue
Topeka Zoo Kay McFarland Japanese Garden Venue
Kay McFarland Japanses Garden tea graden entrance fountian

Camp Cowabunga and Dung Beetle Square

Journey into Africa: Camp Cowabunga is a Safari-themed exhibit, home to our African lions, painted dogs, and patas monkeys. This unique space accommodates 150 people in the indoor and outdoor spaces.

In the heart of Camp Cowabunga is Dung Beetle Square. This spacious outdoor venue is ideal for a reception!

Ross Family Pavilion

Overlooking the Giraffe habitat, our newest outdoor open-air pavilion is ideal for birthday parties, luncheons, baby showers, and other intimate gatherings. Seating is 50 max.

After Hours Rentals

The Topeka Zoo is available for after-hours events (after the zoo closes at 5 p.m.) which includes admission for up to 500 guests. After-hours rental does not include admission for guests to tour the Zoo grounds. Zoo tours and access to exhibits can be included for an additional fee.