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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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  • This has to be one of my favorite zoo's I have ever been too. I was there with my family for close to 4 hours and my boys were thoroughly entertained. So many animals to see and so many of the animals...  more »
  • It is bad time to visit the Zoo in winter, since many of the animals are kept, the sale of food inside the zoo are closed.
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  • I've never had a zoo experience like this as long as I've been coming here. We went early and all the animals were active, such a cool and different experience than the norm. The hippo played for more...  more »
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  • Freebies for the birthday boy including a button, ice cream and a carousel ride! Lots of dining options, including a food truck that serves beer and hot dogs. The demonstrations were awesome; we saw a lion up close and a seal (or was it a sea lion?) show. Plenty of parking and not super crowded like a summertime Sunday. Good value at $26 for two adults and one child. If the animals hadn"t been napping the whole time I would have given five stars. :)
  • There are many places to visit and if you visit them at the right time of year it will be truly magical. The Denver zoo is a location you can visit any time of year and have fun weather it is for a school field trip or a date or even a family day out you will enjoy the zoo, the animals and the information you learn. The staff is also a great help explaining to you more facts than you read. It is truly a great experience and just a fun time for everyone.
  • I really and truly enjoyed the zoo. It would be nice because of my age and because I have diabetes, if there was a Rascal or some sort of scooter to ride. My feet wouldn't have been affected as badly as they were. By the time the end of the day rolled around I couldn't hardly even walk because the pain was so bad. Other than that I truly enjoyed the zoo very very much it's a wonderful place and I really enjoyed the day thank you.
  • Wonderful zoo. Great newer exhibits, you can pay to feed the giraffes. Kids of all ages can take the train, or ride the carousel. In Dec they have zoo lights st night. They have decorated around the entire zoo & are open from 5 to 9pm. Purchase tickets in advance, as they sell out quickly.
  • Loved the zoo. Been coming here since I was young. I appreciate that they kept the same statues they had back in the day. They do need to update some things like the audio stuff that talks to you when you press the button. the new updates on the tiger exhibit was awesome and the elephants too. the gorillas look really bored though.

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Where to stay in Denver

For a touch of class near all Denver's major attractions, book a room at one of the city's historical hotels, built during the late-19th century silver rush. Denver's oldest hotels feature opulent oak furnishings, silver chandeliers, and frescoed walls, as well as spacious rooms packed with high-tech gadgets. If you're planning your visit on a limited budget, consider the affordable hostels and bed and breakfasts located outside the central part of town. Alternatively, you can also stay at one of the mid-range hotels near the airport.
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