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Rio Salado Audubon Center

Phoenix, AZ · View map · Visit website

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About Rio Salado Audubon Center

Rio Salado Audubon Center is a banquet hall, museum, and park wedding venue located in Phoenix, Arizona. The talented team of event professionals at this venue specializes in creating extraordinary weddings without adding any stress. The team can create a timeless and unforgettable wedding just for you.

Facilities and Capacity
Rio Salado Audubon Center offers indoor and outdoor settings with scenic views of the desert and city. Couples can host up to 150 guests at the venue. The Dorrance Skyline Room is a beautiful event space with glass doors that open up to an outdoor terrace with picturesque views and a shaded ramada. The Arthur C. and Elaine V. Johnson Center for Bird Conservation sits over the center’s wetlands and pond. This space offers a panoramic view that showcases the serene desert habitat and cityscape.

Services Offered
Rio Salado Audubon Center services wedding ceremonies, receptions, and other special events. Couples have the option to use in-house services or outside vendors. A variety of different event items are also available, including audio equipment, centerpieces, chairs, decor, lighting, and tables. Wedding services offered include the following:

  • Event planner
  • Event rentals
  • Lighting/sound
  • Setup

Rio Salado Audubon Center gives couples the opportunity to choose from plated, buffet, and family-style dinners. In addition to dinner services, hors d’oeuvres will be passed around during the cocktail reception. As for the bar, couples can choose to have an open bar with bartenders. Wedding catering and bar services offered include the following:

  • Servers
  • Stations
  • Tastings
  • Champagne toast
  • House beer, liquor, wine
  • Premium liquor
  • Signature drink
  • Specialty beer, wine

Other Services
This venue is available to host any of your wedding-related events, including your ceremony, reception, elopement, bridal shower, engagement party, and rehearsal dinner. In addition, they are also available to host holiday parties, staff retreats, corporate events, meetings, luncheons, and more.

Rio Salado Audubon Center is conveniently located just two miles south of Downtown Phoenix. The combination of the beautiful Arizona desert landscape and the eye-catching lines of modern architecture creates a beautiful backdrop of a desert oasis.

4.7 out of 5.0

7 Reviews for Rio Salado Audubon Center

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7 Rio Salado Audubon Center Reviews

Katie Greisiger

Married on 11/03/2018

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

Audubon Center is a Perfect Wedding Venue

The Rio Salado Audubon Center is a beautiful venue for a wedding. We were able to get married with immediate family in a beautiful desert garden, and then enjoy a reception in the early evening with ... Read more about 120 guests. With the help of Ensemble Catering and our Coordinator, we were able to turn the space into a cozy, warm and inviting atmosphere that was unique to us. The ability to go through one person to rent items, such as strings of outdoor lights and a fire pit, was so helpful! The space is unique and private as it seems secluded in South Phoenix, yet only minutes from Downtown Phoenix. There are great spaces for the kids to play and roam around, as well. We wouldn't have changed a thing.


Married on 03/17/2018

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

The venue was beautiful and exactly what we were looking for. The natural landscape and blooming flowers made our day that much better. The Audubon was easy to work with and we would highly recommend ... Read more getting married there!


Married on 02/24/2018

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

The Audubon is the absolute perfect venue for couples looking for a modern and unique wedding with a desert vibe! We attended the open house after the Arizona Bridal Show and my husband and I fell in ... Read more love with the venue! The location is open during the week but I would highly recommend attending an open house to see how the center can transform into a wedding venue! Ensemble Catering is the catering company with the Audubon and the food was exquisite! Our guests told us that it was the best meal they’ve ever had at a wedding! Madison was our wedding coordinator and we had the best experience working with her. Madison was communicative at every step of the planning process and was there during our wedding to make sure everything was exactly the way I imagined! I don’t think I could have asked for a better venue or coordinator to work with!

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