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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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  • 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!
  • The zoo is clean and always has good programming going on. It's also good for children. However, it's a small Zoo, so as I've gotten older I've wanted to go less and less. Seeing the animals in such small confinements is really disheartening, and I wish the city would do more to expand the zoo so that the animals could have more rich and vibrant enclosures that mimic their natural environments much more. I just find it more and more frustrating every time I go that the city refuses to give up its golf course so that these animals don't have to live in tiny cages. That's what I end up thinking about every time I go away from this place. So if you're there for an event, or you have kids, it'll be a good half day or 3/4 of a day. But if you're an adult just going because you enjoy conservation or seeing happy animals, this probably isn't the place for you. I'd hold out for Henry Doorly in Omaha.
  • We love visiting here it always seems like they have something new going on. Let's to keep the kids busy and interact with in the animal pens are always clean and well-kept. Food and drinking options are spread throughout the zoo very family-friendly.
  • Nice zoo. It's small which my family loves. You can see the whole zoo in about two hours. The kids love going every December to see Santa and his reindeer at the zoo. And night eyes is always fun at Halloween.
  • A nice place to take your children to. But can be pretty high on food and they don't always keep as clean as one may think it should be.

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