Innovative Meetings and Events at the San Diego Zoo

It’s the age old question for planners: How can you be sure attendees will come back to work with fresh ideas and new inspiration after a meeting?

In an article published on Skift a few years ago a growing event trend aimed at personalizing the experience for attendees called the “festivalization of meetings”, and described as the “merging of special events, entertainment, content, and learning” helped to create a personalized experience in a larger context of an event.

While the novelty of one’s surroundings is a major factor for a successful meeting, there’s another big influence on creativity that researchers have discovered: Nature and natural surroundings provide a measurable boost to anyone tasked with thinking up fresh ideas.

The many event locations at the San Diego Zoo definitely fit these trends and can set your meeting apart. With 30,000 Sq. Ft. of space, the San Diego Zoo can host up to 3,000 people in beautiful settings and exotic wildlife. It offers on-site catering and corporate meetings, team building, picnic and more. For a truly special experience you can arrange a guest appearance by meeting with an education guide or animal care staff, and learn about the Zoo Global wildlife ecosystems, conservation efforts and their goal of ending extinction. Team building activities are offered and range from high-energy scavenger hunts requiring teams to work together, to educator-led night tour highlighting some of the nocturnal animals that are active after closing hours or special tours offering behind-the-scene views filled with experiences and stories you won’t find anywhere else.

San Diego is also known for its beaches, parks and warm climate as well as numerous galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, and aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public.

The city’s proximity to the ocean and Mexico has greatly influenced both the local cuisine and culture. From fish tacos to groundbreaking Cali-Baja find dining, San Diego’s gastronomic scene sits at the intersection of two culinary styles.

Bring your curiosity and hearty appetite, there’s plenty to do in San Diego!

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Marilyne Bouteiller, a Sales and Marketing Professional, and French native, has written short stories for various publications since 2011. As a child she travelled much of Europe and got into the hospitality industry as a means to follow her love for food and travel. She was exposed to different cultures at an early age, and now enjoys writing about her experiences for i-Meet, the Worldwide Business Community for people who plan meetings and events. Follow her on Instagram @thefrenchinme. You can also read about her experiences on her personal blog at


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