Room Rentals



If you are looking for a unique and fun place to host your next event, be it a birthday party, wedding/wedding reception or company picnic, the Dakota Zoo has some options for you!

Scheels Pavilion
The Pavilion is a covered, open-sided “picnic shelter” type structure that seats up to 300 people with tables and chairs available.  It has an enclosed area with a wash sink, counters and hot water that is perfect to accommodate caterers or food service for your event.
The fee for the Pavilion is $100 per hour. A reservation is required for the use of the Pavilion, and a deposit is required at the time of your reservation. A $500 fee will apply for rentals of more than 4 hours.

Meeting Room
Our Discovery Center has a meeting room that will hold up to 40 people maximum with tables and chairs. It is indoors and works perfectly for birthday parties, small meetings and gatherings.
The rental fee for the meeting room is $35 per hour.  A reservation is required to utilize this room, and a deposit is required at the time of your reservation.

Please do not plan to set up before your scheduled event time. Please plan your clean up/tear down to vacate the room by your scheduled departure time.


By request, a special animal presentation can be added to your party reservation featuring one of our ambassador animals! The presentation is about 15 minutes in length and features a live animal and their zookeeper friend. The type of animal available for your presentation will vary depending upon the season and other factors. Typical animal ambassadors for this presentation include rabbit, domestic ferret, red-tail boa ball python or kestrel.

The fee for an animal presentation is $25.00 and advance registration is required.

We also have two outdoor gazebos that can be reserved at no charge to you. These are open air shelters, so weather should be taken into account when planning your event. The gazebos are open to the general public, so reservations are necessary.

 If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation, please contact us at 701-223-7543 or email us at and we will be happy to assist you!

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