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Venues in Bridgeport, CT,
(203) 332-4243
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    China DuVall

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  • From the very beginning of the process, all the way to the very end, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo was top notch and a pleasure to work with. Lindsay Durkee the Rentals and Events Manager was PHENOMENAL to work with. Her level of professionalism was through the roof. She was incredibly helpful throughout the entire process. The zoo went above and beyond to make our wedding day as smooth and special as possible!! I highly recommend booking your wedding or any special event at the Beardsley Zoo.

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    China, Thank you so much for your review and kind words! You and Ryan were awesome to work with and I hope we get the chance to work together again on another event! Congrats to you both again!!!

    Kristina Bruce

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  • I can't imagine a better place to get married than at the Beardsley Zoo. From the second we started planning until the second we pulled out of the parking lot at the end of our wedding day, it was just all my dreams come true. The beautiful backdrop and scenery were just amazing. The carousel and antique horses gave the perfect backdrop that people who came still can't stop talking about. And the staff, from those driving golf carts, to running the carousel, to Lindsay leading the crew, it was absolute perfection. I felt like the venue was filled with my best friends who were just as excited as family to make my day special.

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    Kristina, Thank you so very much for your review! You both were SUCH a pleasure to work with and I hope we get to work together again on something ! Congrats to you both again!

    Mike

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  • I cannot say enough about our wedding yesterday. Lindsey was amazing. We have had a dozen plus guests tell us it was the most fun they ever had at a wedding. The kids that came loved being on the carousel all night. Lindsey took cares of everything, and it is something everyone will remember for a forever. Just as a tip, I recommend getting first look photos around the zoo. It stretched out the day so that it all didn't fly by Also, do an animal feeding. Being up close to the animals makes a huge difference and you will remember it forever. We fed the anteater and it was amazing. I know this is not the traditional wedding factory, but that is the best part. You are not shoehorned into options. We were able to decide everything.

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    Thank you so much for your review Mike! You were a pleasure to work with and I am thrilled to hear that everyone had a good time! Please come back and visit us again and congrats again!

    Michael

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  • We absolutely loved this venue. There are few like it. Many were skeptical when we told them where we were having our wedding but were floored when they saw it in person. There are so many available options for ceremony locations and the reception. Most importantly, we had indoor and outdoor options for each in the case of rain...which it did for us. You would most likely see the venue during the day, and it is beautiful. When it gets dark, the lights get turned down, and you have minimal uplighting, it gets even better. Also, I cannot say enough about Lindsay and her staff. She was there every step of the way, offered suggestions, and overall went above and beyond. We love the idea that we can take our children back to the place we got married in the future.

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    Michael, Thank you so very much for your kind words! You both were such a pleasure to work with and I do hope you come back and visit again. Thanks so much and congrats again!

    Ali

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  • We had our ceremony and reception in the Victorian Greenhouse this December and it was perfect from start to finish! Lindsay and all of the staff at the zoo were so helpful, knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Lindsay was so responsive and made wedding planning easy and fun! The space itself was gorgeous and intimate and made for a very unique and memorable wedding. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone. The Beardsley will now always have a special place in our hearts and it will be fun to go back to visit!

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    Ali, Thank you very much for this review! You and Rob were a pleasure to work with and truly had a one of a kind wedding! We hope to see you back at the zoo again soon! Best wishes and congrats to you both again.

    Alison

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  • We got married at the zoo on September 9, 2017, and it was absolutely perfect. We wanted a casual venue that our guests would really enjoy, and the zoo was just amazing. We rented the zoo for the evening and had our ceremony at the Peacock Pavilion, our cocktail hour on the outdoor patio, and our dinner and dancing inside the carousel house. All of our guests have said it was the most fun they've ever had at a wedding. There are a number of wonderful spots for photos--be sure to get some on the bridge in the farmyard area and at the carousel. Lindsay, the event coordinator, was so professional, responsive, and easy to work with. For example, we had animal encounters planned for the greenhouse, but our guests were mostly staying around the food and drinks, so Lindsay took the initiative to move the animals and trainers up to the patio area so everybody could enjoy them. She had a lot of great suggestions and recommendations for us. I would highly recommend paying a little extra ... Read more

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    Alison, Thank you so much for your kind words! You and Billy were wonderful to work with! Thank you so much for including pictures as well they came out stunning!!! Hope to get the chance to work with you again!

    Thea

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  • When choosing our wedding venue, we were down to two, and the zoo won easily, for two main reasons. 1- rain plan backup, and 2- Lindsay, the venue coordinator. She made the whole experience so much easier by being constantly available (2 days was a long response gap for her, I got most replies within 1), and was endlessly helpful with setup and logistics. The zoo itself is also fantastic. Guests got to visit in the afternoon before the ceremony. We got to go around and take photos at a bunch of different spots. We got to feed the otters (highly recommended, and a bunch of our guests just happened to be hanging around right then, so I keep cracking up at the "traditional pre-ceremony feeding of the otters ritual" photos and videos that have popped up). The zoo set up everything for the ceremony, and we got to have a baby alligator and owl greet everyone as they arrived there. We had cocktail hour around the fountain, which was beautiful. We choose to have our reception at the Hanson b... Read more

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    Thea, Thank you so much for the kind words! You were a beautiful bride and a pleasure to work with! Congrats again to you and Jeff! Hope to see you at the zoo again soon!!

    Elizabeth Spear

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  • My husband and I had our wedding in the Carousel room at the Beardsley Zoo May 20, 2017. Our wedding was everything we could have hoped it to be, beautiful, magical, and most importantly fun!! Everyone of my friends and family were all at the carousel a minimun 1 time. It was the best watching everyones face while they were riding, they all were so happy! Corey and I were constantly on it throughout the evening! The staff was amazing. Lindsay went above and beyond to help us make our wedding day perfect! She was so easy to communicate with, she always answered my phone calls and emails right away and was flexible with my hours to meet her. The staff the night of the wedding were wonderful as well. They all had big smiles and were welcoming. I still get compliments even a year later from my wedding being the most fun. I recommend the Beardsley Zoo to everyone that tells me they are getting married and I tell them my experience. It truley is a wonderful venue!

    Amy

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  • We got married and had our reception at the zoo on May 6th, and from the start of the planning until the very end of the night Lindsay and Staff were extremely helpful, fun to work with, and made the day go super smoothly. I highly recommend the Zoo if you are looking for a completely different wedding experience for you and your guests. We received a lot of complements on how much fun everyone had riding the Carousel all night! It was a blast! My husband and I also did most of our photos during the day while the zoo was open and had the chance of feeding the otters, which was an amazing experience. The great part of getting married at the zoo, is that you can really make the day your own!

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    Amy, thank you so incredibly much for all the kind words! Hopefully we can work together in the future again! Congrats to you both again!

    User3565848

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  • We had our ceremony and reception at the zoo. Our guests had a wonderful time! Lindsay was a pleasure to work with.

    Jamie

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  • We had so much fun planning our wedding with Lindsay who helped every step of the way! Our families were skeptical about a wedding at a zoo but left that night claiming it was one of the best weddings they've been too! From the ceremony under a stone hedge to cocktail hour where we fed the otters to the reception in the carousel house! It was never a dull moment! If you want something out of the box, this is it! I have to give the rest of the staff a shout out too because all of them were so nice and accommodating!

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    Jamie, thank you so much for all the kind words! You all were SUCH a pleasure to work with and we hope to see you at the zoo again soon!

    Rachel

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  • I had my wedding at the zoo last year in September and it and Lindsay were amazing!!! After our first meeting with Lindsay, my husband and I knew she was awesome! The zoo is such a fun place to have a wedding in and you can really do whatever you want. We had our ceremony in the rose garden area, the cocktail hour in the picnic area outside of the carousel building and reception around the carousel. It was absolutely amazing and perfect. Everyone should have their wedding at the zoo it is perfect and so beautiful, you don't even realize! Lindsay was so accommodating and flexible and just awesome. She was always available to talk and meet and wanted to know everything we wanted so she did not miss a thing..She went out of her way to help us in everything, I asked her a million questions and she always had an answer for me. She gave us great recommendations and told us what works best for our thoughts, I have nothing but positive things to say about our experience with Lindsay and... Read more

    Samantha B

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  • I hosted my 50th birthday party at the Hanson building at Beardsley Zoo, and it was a 100% fantastic (and unique) experience. The staff was easy to work with, and on the day of the event helped with set-up and made sure everything was just right without getting in the way. The Hanson is a really nice lodge-style building with a deck and a front lawn (perfect for badminton), clean rest rooms, and a kitchen. After lunch, most of my guests headed over to the zoo (using the discounted wristbands I had purchased). We all had so much fun! The cost was a little higher than I had budgeted, but given that Beardsley Zoo is a nonprofit, I felt ok about that. Also, parking on a Sunday afternoon was extremely limited (I didn't realize how packed the zoo would be), so many of my guests had to walk up from the street. On the whole, though, I give the venue a solid A.

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    Hi Samantha, Thanks so much for hosting your 50th party with us! It looked like it was a great time for all and I am glad you chose our venue for your special day! Hope to work with you again on another event and Happy Birthday again!!

    Maria Giovannini

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  • We held a baby shower in January in the Hanson Log Cabin. It blew our guests away! They were also able to tour the zoo! Lindsay was knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and very easy to work with. Skip the usual restaurant events and be creative. I highly recommend this venue. Think out of the box. Your guests will love it and so will you. Makes for great pics too!

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    Hi Maria, Thanks so much for reviewing us! You and BethAnn were an absolute pleasure to work with and I hope we get the chance to work together again!

    Carol

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  • I just had a bridal shower at the Victorian Greenhouse. It is an amazing location and I would recommend it for a smaller type wedding or other event. The natural beauty of the greenhouse interior and plants is soothing and elegant. It does not need any thing else. Book ahead of time, and it is not used in the summer months because greenhouses get very hot. The price is excellent for such a nice venue. The staff was very helpful in the planning of the event and clean-up was not rushed. They have other locations such as the Carousel house and the log cabin, both of which are really nice.

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    Thank you so much for reviewing us Carol! It was a pleasure to work with you and we hope to plan another event with you here again soon!

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