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Denver Zoo, Denver

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The first natural-style zoo in North America, Denver Zoo is home to 3,800 animals of more than 650 species. Look for features like bear mountain and the largest gorilla enclosure in the world (where you might find gorillas are napping in their hammocks). In the zoo's open aviaries, walk among exotic birds and even some two-toed sloths. To really get up close to the animals, head to the giraffe enclosure, where you can feed these gentle giants some lettuce. Check the daily schedule for wildlife presentations. Put Denver Zoo on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Denver travel planner.
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  • Had the best first family experience at Denver Zoo a joy for all ages and would recommend a visit if you get the chance 
    Had the best first family experience at Denver Zoo a joy for all ages and would recommend a visit if you get the chance  more »
  • Someone upthread noted that those of us who live(d) in Cincinnati are spoiled by having one of the country's best zoos. True. Denver Zoo is a compact zoo in City Park. Because of the small size... 
    Someone upthread noted that those of us who live(d) in Cincinnati are spoiled by having one of the country's best zoos. True. Denver Zoo is a compact zoo in City Park. Because of the small size...  more »
  • Boo at the zoo was a joke. It was super dark. Had a 7 PM entrance... big mistake because candy was gone or leaving. Too dark to see animals. Just generally a waste of our 140 buck. Oh yeah, our... 
    Boo at the zoo was a joke. It was super dark. Had a 7 PM entrance... big mistake because candy was gone or leaving. Too dark to see animals. Just generally a waste of our 140 buck. Oh yeah, our...  more »
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  • The Denver Zoo is one of the best zoos I've been to. I would give it third place - behind only San Diego & the National Zoo. It's a very big zoo for being right in the city, with easy access from downtown and 25. Admission is incredibly reasonable and is a better deal than the aquarium. The enclosures are great and the animals seem very well cared for. We did a "behind the scenes" with birds of pretty and it was excellent! Tons of great information the keepers were amazing and clearly loved the animals they work with. 100% recommend it!
  • our first time experiencing the Denver Zoo light show. the glasses at check in are fun! optional spiked drink options also fun! there are zoo employees on the path & they're quite helpful & friendly. there are buildings you can go in to warm up. so many interesting zoo creatures that you can see while the others are resting. we will go again! do yourself a favor & go w fun young friends we did :)
  • We had a great time here. This zoo is much better than the Birmingham Zoo. I would rate the zoo five star, but several exhibits are closed for renovations. The elephant show was great. We were able to see one tiger. The other one was sleeping on a platform and only partially visible. We saw some lions, seals and sea lions. Our time was limited, so we did not see much else. If you need to leave and return the same day, then you can get your hand stamped and not have to pay to come back in on the same day.
  • It was hot but the animals were still out and about. There was a queue at the ticket kiosk so buy your ticket in advance. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. There are lots of benches to rest along the way. Also, they have water fountains and misters. It's great for both adults and kids. The animals look like they are in good care.
  • This was my first visit to the zoo other than Zoo Lights. It was easy to move around and it looks like they have some great improvements coming. We had an entry time in the morning so a lot of the animals were just lying around but as the day went on, they were more active. The hospital was so impressive. The prices were reasonable. My only complaint was we wanted to just get some drinks with ice but had to wait in the long line. It would be nice if they had a beverage line only since there was a place with a cash register and beverage machine that were not being used. Otherwise, everything was amazing.

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