- Lush surroundings of the tropics. Entertain in style while viewing the animals, reptiles and plants.
- Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day:
6:30 p.m. - Midnight Weekday evenings only.
8 p.m. - Midnight Saturday and Sunday
- Labor Day through Memorial Day:
6:30 p.m. - Midnight
- 300 guests for a sit-down dinner
- 800 guests for a standing reception
|300 persons or fewer
|301 persons to 800 persons
** Non-profit organizations (501C-3 designations) will be entitled to 20% discount off the rental fee of The RainForest.
To reserve the event date Cleveland Metroparks Zoo requires a non-refundable rental fee in addition to the signed permit. The rental fee includes tables and chairs and all services for use of the facility, except where noted.
Food Catering Service
Treetops Catering by Aramark is the official caterer at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest. Many unique menu options can be created for your special event. Please contact the Catering Manager at (216) 398-5750.
Only the Crocodile Cafe, Orchid Room and first floor of The RainForest are authorized for food. Food is not permitted on the second exhibit level; beverage stations are permitted, however.
The Catering Manager will assist you with table linens and napkins, votive candles and/or other table decorations and hosted coat checking. It is necessary that all decorations be approved by the Group Sales Representative. For safety and fire code reasons, candles must be enclosed in either hurricane glass globes or votive glass containers. Helium-filled balloons are not permitted in The RainForest.
Lighting/Electrical and Sound System
Ample power and electrical outlets are available for entertainment equipment. Sound system will need to be provided by the group.
All deliveries including equipment rentals must be pre-arranged with Group Sales Representative. Deliveries must be made on day of the event after 2 p.m. at the loading dock service entrance off Wildlife Way, behind The RainForest. Rental equipment must be removed immediately following the event.
Invitations and Printed Materials
Please submit invitation copy to the Group Sales Representative for review and approval before printing. Please allow sufficient time for approval.
Restrooms are located on the upper level near the Ocelot Exhibit. Telephones and restrooms are located on the main level near the Crocodile Café.
Access for the physically challenged is provided through the main entrance, with elevator service to the upper level.
Specific Room Capacity
The Crocodile Cafe has a maximum seating of 250 guests. Guests will dine amidst decor reminiscent of a jungle outpost.
The Congo Outdoor Patio has a maximum seating capacity of 120 guests. Guests will enjoy relaxing on the outdoor terrace surrounded by trees and flowers.
Free parking is available in the Lion Lot (main lot) at the Zoo. Access to the lot is through the Zoo main entrance located off Wildlife Way.
Guest Group may contract with a valet parking service. Please inform the Group Sales Representative if arrangements are made for this service.
A Group Sales Representative will be on-site during the event. For all after-hour events and events serving alcoholic beverages, a Cleveland Metroparks Ranger(s) must be hired for security. The Group Sales Representative determines the number of Rangers. The rate is $25 per hour per ranger (four-hour minimum). Payment is made directly to the Ranger(s) on the day of the event. Please make all arrangements through the Group Sales Representative.
Smoking is prohibited on all Zoo grounds.