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Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

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Explore a 9 hectare (22 acre) zoo with more than 800 animals, ranging from red pandas to giraffes to scorpions when you visit Blank Park Zoo. Head to the Meredith Alpine exhibit to see red pandas or the free-range aviary to see birds, including peacocks and parrots. Explore the cave exhibit for nocturnal animals and reptiles, such as bats, emperor scorpions, and boa constrictors. You'll also find an aquarium, African boardwalk, Australian adventure, big cat section, harbor pavilion, and a miscellaneous section with animals such as penguins. In the Kid Kingdom, children can crawl through simulated prairie dog tunnels, then pet, feed, or ride various animals. Work out when and for how long to visit Blank Park Zoo and other Des Moines attractions using our handy Des Moines trip maker app .
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  • We visited during Zoo Brew and enjoyed ourselves. It had been years since I visited the local zoo. It is not large, but it was a nice time with friends, there was also live music, and we walked around...  more »
  • Saturday 12-16-17 took my grandson & wet to the Zoo Christmas festival. They had several animals the kids could touch & pet like Alligators, snakes, Giant roach& Farrett. Multiple animals to pet & fee...  more »
  • Blank Park Zoo is a great little zoo that has come a long long way since my last review of it. They have and continue to grow and improve. We can hardly wait for the completion of the African boardwal...  more »
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  • A perfect place to visit, let the kids run, grab a slice of pizza (which, unlike most zoos, does not cost an arm and a leg), take a train ride (also a reasonable price), pet some goats, ride a camel and see rhinos!! We can usually see almost everything in 3 hours. The zoo is full of healthy, happy animals and there are not too many that the kids get tired. We ended up getting a zoo pass and have totally enjoyed it. There are a lot of fun events for adults (Zoo Brew) too.
  • Today I came to the Blank Park Zoo with my family. It was hard finding a parking spot with all the people though. The employees did help us in finding animals we wanted to go see. There was maps all around so we didn't get lost. The food actually tasted really good. If I had a choice of coming here again I would definitely.
  • Perfect size zoo. I thought it was a petting and feeding type zoo. I brought all sorts of red meat to feed to the lions and tigers. Brought honey for the bears. Imagine my surprise when the zoo keeper said it wasn't that kind of zoo. My kids were devastated. I wasted money on that stupid saddle so my kids could ride the zebras. For real, it's a nice zoo with a wide assortment of critters. Friendly employees make the zoo that much better. 🦁🐯🦍🐒🐻🦏🐘🐫🐧
  • This zoo is the perfect size to either take a morning or afternoon with the family. The have both inside and outside exhibits and plenty of animals to see. They've also recently had quite a few babies born within the zoo, which is very exciting! In the summers I recommend checking out Zoo Brew. A fun evening for adults only. Make sure to also stop by when the keepers are doing their animal talks. You can see the animal (usually) a lot better and learn a ton of great facts!
  • This has always been a good zoo. It is small and easy to do in one day. They have been making new habits and improvements over the last few years. All the staff are friendly, helpful and informative.
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