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Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines
(3.8/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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. With our world travel planner, Des Moines attractions like Blank Park Zoo can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I bought a membership just so I could go whenever I had the urge to feed the birds or the giraffes. Nice little zoo for kids, but not so bad for adults too. Mostly they have the typical things in a sm...  more »
  • I went here a long time ago maybe when I was 4 or so, Now I am 21 :D anyway the zoo is nice and they have a place for you to go and pet the goats. Warning, The goats will eat your Blank Park Zoo Park ...  more »
  • Conveniently located on the south end of Des Moines just 5 minutes from the airport. Very easily accessible right off of Army Post Road about half way between Fleur Dr. and University Ave. 
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  • A very clean, well kept zoo. The summer is definitely the best time to go but we went in early November and still had a great time. Gift shop is a little pricey but they had a few things marked 50% off so we took advantage. A lot of information on the animals and habitats is posted.
  • Small zoo, nice friendly staff, price is high only takes about 30mins to see all of the zoo. If money is going towards the animals care then its worth it. Maybe were just spoiled because we live near the best zoo in the world, (Henry Dorley Zoo).
  • Brilliant to walk through for young, old, middle-aged and disabled; as they give you an oppurtunity to rent a wheelchair for the old or the less mobile-to-walk. Could see a wide (enough) range of animals, but I won't give anything away. You'll have to see for yourself which animals dwell here, so you're in for a surprise! :D
  • I usually go to zoobrew on Wednesdays throughout the summer which is very fun. There are lots of free samples of wine and beer. Also there are several poke stops around the zoo so you can continuously walk laps getting the Pokey stops. Rare Pokemon spawn here sometimes
  • We had to go see the baby Rhino, who is now viewable to the public. Its hard to believe that a Rhinoceros could be cute, but she is.