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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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  • The zoo is clean, it is about the right size to take up the good portion of the day. It has a nice variety of animals as well as experiences. In addition, my favorite time to go is during zoo brew on ...  more »
  • Having lived in many cities, we found the Blank Park Zoo to be quote nice. They have done a good job of upgrading the exhibits and have some fun nights, called Zoo Brew during the summer.  more »
  • We have been here several times since we got our family membership in early July. For a small zoo, it's a winner. Membership Monday's we get free first train ride and can bring an extra person. Every ...  more »
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  • Nice zoo. "Small" by comparison to others. Only 25 acres and the enclosures reflect that. We made our way through the whole place in just under 4hrs. Would've like to see a few more water misters (only 1 we saw was in the kid's kingdom and it wasn't on). All around our family of 5 (3 kids, 1-14) enjoyed it very much.
  • If your just wanting to get out of the house for about 2hrs then it's great. I'm from the Toledo Ohio area we can spend all day at our zoo. It's just a beautiful zoo. They have things our zoo doesn't like feed the parakeet ride the camel. Which is pretty cool.
  • We went to Zoo Brew. The Employees were awesome. The security staff (except for the crabby middle aged parking guy) were all very nice. There were many food choices. It was hard to tell where the samples were but those selling drinks were friendly and had great personalities.
  • This is a very nice little zoo. They have several animals you can feed, which the kids love. We have been here several times and it gets better each time.
  • Fun family atmosphere. And every Wednesday during the summer they have an event for adults only. Is always fun to get slightly drunk and look at exotic animals

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