Nestled on the tranquil bank of Belle Isle's Lake Tacoma, the Belle Isle Aquarium boasts over one hundred years of cultural, historical, and aquatic significance.  With the ability to accommodate a variety of events, the Conservancy's Belle Isle Aquarium events team is dedicated to helping you create a memorable cultural experience for all of your guests! 

  • The Belle Isle Aquarium (BIA) is available for private rentals outside of normal business and field trip hours. Click HERE for general Aquarium info.

  • The facility is rented at a rate of $100/hr. Rental requires a minimum of 4 hours. The maximum rental time is 8 hours. Set-up and clean-up must take place during the contracted rental time. Event must end, all guests must vacate, and tear down of the event must begin by 12:00am. 

  • Maximum facility capacity is 250 people and varies based on the style of your event. Click HERE for a look at sample event styles. Note: Start at the bottom when reviewing this document as a PDF.

  • The BIA cannot accommodate formal, banquet style events.

  • Catering can be set up in the Aquarium’s multi-purpose room, but there is no on-site kitchen or cooking facility.

  • Venue rental does not include equipment. Client is responsible for securing furniture rentals, including chairs. BIA has small selection of equipment available for a fee.

  • A refundable $250 security deposit is required to secure your date once an application has been approved. Please reference the Rental Info for complete details on the application process. 

  • The Belle Isle Aquarium (BIA) is available for children's birthday parties during its regular hours of operation. Available time slots are 10:30am - 12:30pm or 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

  • Rental fee is $200 and includes the following: private room, party host, [optional] moving fish craft activity, a pair of BIA sunglasses for each child, and a BIA Swag Bag for the guest of honor (includes: clear BIC Sporting event bag, adopt-an-animal with certificate, two BIA silicone wristbands, BIA kids sunglasses, self-guided aquarium tour activity & a birthday certificate)!

  • $150 refundable security deposit required.

  • Available for children ages 12 & Under

  • Maximum party capacity is 14 children; maximum room capacity is 18 people, including adults. 

  • Outside food is OK, but no chafing dishes or on site cooking allowed. 

  • No refrigeration, but two tin ice bins are provided (ice is not). 

  • Snacks and party upgrades available. 

  • Decorations allowed and encouraged! Please see rental agreement for rules and regulations on decor. 

  • See Children’s Birthday Party Rental Info for complete details.


Thank you for your interest in event rentals at the Belle Isle Aquarium.

In alignment with COVID 19 public health regulations, the Aquarium continues to be closed to the public.

All in-person programs, including private facility rentals, are projected to be suspended until no sooner than Fall 2021.

Find developing information on our website and Belle Isle Conservancy's social media channels as it becomes available.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back.  

Well wishes,
Belle Isle Conservancy Team  

For additional information regarding Belle Isle Aquarium event rentals, please email

A member of the Belle Isle Aquarium Events Team will be in touch with you!