Whether you find yourself planning a corporate retreat for some folks who need to come out of their shells, or you’re organizing a celebration for some real party animals, Pennsylvania’s menagerie of zoos off er fantastic venue options for guests of all stripes. There are interactive animal encounters, lush exotic landscapes and behind-the-scenes tours that will have guests talking about the experience for weeks to come. These zoos have conservation-focused missions that align with many companies’ corporate values, while also providing an atmosphere that stirs feelings of nostalgia for guests. In many cases, events can be booked year-round and after hours when the crowds thin out. Each of these zoos boasts a selection of private function spaces, in addition to the option of booking the entire zoo for a true walk on the wild side.
The Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown refers to itself as a boutique zoo—a zootique, if you will. “When you walk around our zoo, which features more than 100 species, it feels more approachable, more intimate and less tiring at the end of the day,” says Gary Murray, director of sales. “It’s like going to the boutique shop that has those unique pieces that you like rather than going to the department store.”
Just as you might put together an outfit with clothing and accessories handpicked from your favorite shop, the Elmwood Park Zoo has an array of interactive activities and ten different function spaces to provide a range of indoor and outdoor backdrops and experiences for anywhere between five and 150 guests, or several thousand in the case of a full zoo rental.