Rehearsal dinners are a time-honored tradition and a great way for family and friends to start the wedding celebration. The fun and unique settings at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park will cater to your tastes, whether wild or tame, creating an experience you'll always remember. 

Planning & Coordination

set tables inside Sambutan Longhouse

Venue: Sambutan Longhouse at Tiger Trail, Safari Park  Photo: True Photography

Our talented, award-winning team will guide you through every step of hosting an event in one of our world-famous venues, and we strive to offer each client an enjoyable and stress-free planning process. We are here to work our magic to make your rehearsal a joyful experience.

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Rehearsal Dinner Venues

Mombasa Island Pavilion
Treetops table settings

Left Venue: Mombasa Island Pavilion at the Safari Park  Photo: True Photography
Right Venue:  Treetops at the Zoo  Photo: RHS Photo

Our unique and exotic venues create an extraordinary setting for your family and friends to begin celebrating your wedding.


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Animal Encounters

pygmy falcon

Left: Tamandua, SD Zoo Global   Right: Pygmy falcon, Next To Me Studios

Nothing completes one of our special events like a furry, feathered, or scaled guest of honor. Add an animal encounter to your rehearsal dinner, and experience some of our rare and dynamic species that will inspire and amaze even the most educated animal enthusiast. Enjoy meeting our animal care staff and discover more about wildlife, conservation, and San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's vision of ending extinction. Our animal ambassadors include a variety of birds, reptiles, and mammals that will delight your guests.

45-minute presentation
includes four animals

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Food & beverage Catering

orange roses centerpiece

Photos: True Photography

We cater to your tastes, whether wild or tame!  Whether you prefer buffet style, food stations, or plated entrées, our chefs will ensure that your rehearsal dinner will be memorable. We can also provide top-notch bar selections and services.

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Wild Add-ons

Zoo bus

Left: San Diego Zoo Bus Tour   Right: Safari Park Africa Tram Safari

Looking to add even more memorable activities for yourself and your guests? Enhance your rehearsal with a Bus Tour at the San Diego Zoo or an Africa Tram Safari tour at the Safari Park. These experiences are an extraordinary opportunity to capture fun photos of you and your friends and family as you celebrate. 


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