Do you want to party with the penguins?

This state-of-the-art exhibit will put you closer to penguins than ever before. Get excited for a totally new Zoo experience featuring underwater viewing, dynamic dump tank, and blowhole in one of the largest penguin habitats in North America! Our Penguin Coast Exhibit has the ideal indoor space for bridal and baby showers, rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties, and social events! You can also extend your event to include outdoor space around the exhibit. Availability for evening events starting at 5:30 pm.


Penguin Coast Packages:

Dinners and Cocktail Parties
Rental Rates*: Capacity:
Penguin Education Center $2400(Three hour event) Buffet/Seated Dinner 80 guests
Add outdoor space surrounding exhibit $1200 Cocktail/Dinner Stations 250 guests

*Rates can change without notice. Please contact us for holiday rates

  • Capacity of Penguin Coast Education Center Building & Penguin Coast (outdoor space surrounding exhibit): 250

Prices reflect a 3-hour event. Rental fees include 100 chairs, 10 round 60” tables, 6 cocktail tables, 6 banquet tables, 2 round 48″ tables, Zoo on-site staff, security, and maintenance personnel, as well as free parking. Additional items may need to be rented if using the outdoor space surrounding the exhibit. Caterer set-up time of 2 hours and breakdown time of 1 ½ hours are included in the rental fee. Additional event or set-up hours are $800 per additional hour. Rental fees do not include Zoo admission, catering, rides, audio-visual equipment, and/or zoo services.

To schedule, please contact the Rentals Office at 443-552-5279 or email rentals@marylandzoo.org.

Evening Bridal and Baby Showers

Our Penguin Coast shower packages are perfect for penguin lovers! Enjoy holding your event in this brand-new state of the art building, complete with underwater viewing area and dump tank. Shower packages are available at our Penguin Coast Exhibit from 5:30pm any day of the week, all year long!

Each Package Includes:

  • 3 hours of time at our Penguin Coast Exhibit with its underwater viewing area
  • Superb menu for 20 guests with the ability to add (up to 60 total)
  • Penguin ambassador appearance
  • Small gift for guest of honor
  • Background music
  • White linen tablecloths
  • On-site party coordinator and catering staff
  • Security staff
  • Free parking

Package Pricing:

  • Package Price for 20 guests: $1595
  • Additional people (ages 2+): $50 per person
  • To add sodas & bottled waters: $5 per person
  • To add Beer & Wine: $25 per person*
  • To add Full Open Bar: $35 per person*

Additional Information:

  • Reservations MUST be received a MINIMUM of ONE MONTH in advance of requested date.
  • Minimum of 20 guests included in package. Additional guests incur a $50 per person charge.
  • BALLOONS, CONFETTI, GLASS, AND STRAWS ARE PROHIBITED ON ZOO GROUNDS.
  • Menu should be selected at time of reservation.
  • *Price to include alcohol includes bartender fee.
  • Additional guests and beverages may be added up to 10 days prior to party. Payment for additional guests is due a minimum of 10 days prior to party.
  • Tables and chairs are provided to seat up to 80 guests (depending on guest count).
  • Parties are held rain or shine indoors at our Penguin Coast Exhibit.
  • Complete the Penguin Coast Evening Shower Reservation Form and send with your payment via email, fax, or mail to book your party today.
  • The Zoo opens for the day at 10AM and closes PROMPTLY at 4PM.
  • Access to exhibits is NOT included due to timing of event.
  • Full package payment must be received with form to reserve date and time. No refunds for parties canceling; however, you may reschedule based on availability.

RESERVE EVENING SHOWER

Availability of date is not guaranteed until confirmed by the Rentals Office. Available daily beginning at 5:30pm all year long.


Looking for suggested hotels, vendors, or catering? View our Private Events & Parties Resources.

Questions? Contact the Rentals Office at 443-552-5279 or email rentals@marylandzoo.org.