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Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix

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With over 1,400 animals and 4 km (2.5 mi) of trails, Phoenix Zoo is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States. Since it opened in 1962, the zoo has prided itself on its commitment to conservation and is beloved for its four themed trails. Explore the Arizona Trail, Africa Trail, Tropics Trail, and Discovery/Children’s Trail to experience the various wildlife associated with each theme. This zoo offers a number of animal encounters, such as Monkey Village, along with a water play area for children and an adventure area called Enchanted Forest, complete with its own tree house. Phoenix Zoo is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Phoenix Edition.
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  • We had a great time at the zoo. We had a stroller and a wheelchair and it was very easy to get around. Our favorites were the giraffes and the monkey enclosure. We were surprised at how many things re...  more »
  • There is lots to do and see here , and interaction with giraffes was so much fun for the kids .. Allow yourself a full day when the weather is no too hot because there’s lots to do and see .. Really g...  more »
  • Had a great day at the zoo. Lots of things to see and do...as well as a bunch of interactive things - I especially enjoyed the camel ride - it was my first time! Thanks :)  more »
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  • Phoenix Zoo is a private organization, which means they actually do need your money as opposed to just take it in through tax dollars. They managed the trick of not gouging you for food prices even as badly as the airport does. They have a broad range of carts and strollers and other mobilty assistance for people that may need help getting around. Additionally, they have a trolley train for tours through the zoo. The zoo does a good job of having a nice selection of animals, rotating exhibits in certain areas, movie and or special visual attractions, and other occasional highlight events. One of the most popular events is Zoo Lights. During this time from 5:30 p.m. to, I believe, 10:30 p.m. the zoo is open but lit and so the experience is quite different. Certain animals are much more active at night. The lighting is quite lovely in many occasions. You are permitted to bring your own food and drink into the zoo. They offer a broad range of food and drink inside the park itself. The main food Plaza has been newly renovated and has some excellent seating options, except for the south-facing windows that open up onto a large section of the dining room which make sitting in the sun in Phoenix very very questionable. The zoo accepts credit cards at all of its stations, so unlike some different zoos or other municipal or government-sponsored projects, it is easy to spend your money with the zoo.
  • It's the right size zoo. Not too big not too small. Plenty of play areas for toddlers and young kids. Getting the zoo membership is really worth it. Can't go during July-Aug because it's usually too hot but they have everywhere places to cool down with shade or mist. And even places to sit down like comfy patio sofas which is cool for breastfeeding moms . Current Lights and Dinosaur exhibit is pretty cool and right value with membership. Go before it ends! (Dinosaur exhibit might be quite scary for toddlers )
  • We went for zoo lights. It was very very awesome. It's perfect for families and date nights. The zoo employees do a fantastic job of keeping everything organized. We went on a Saturday night and it was very busy but not at all chaotic. I suggest buying your tickets online to avoid the lines and get in faster.
  • We went to the zoo with family that was visiting for the winter. It was time for Zoo Lights, and they were beautiful. We love the Phoenix Zoo and visit it at least once a year by ourselves. But it is a great place for us to take visitors, which we seem to have frequently, and they always enjoy it. We support the Zoo, and it is a great place to visit! I definitely recommend it for everyone!
  • The Phoenix Zoo has a great collection. They have many native species, like pronghorn, mountain lions and a bobcat. They also have the more iconic species you expect at a zoo, lions, tigers, elephants, etc. The Tropical Flights Aviary is a must see. It's filed with beautiful birds. They are also constantly updating and improving the enclosures. The plant species are varies and they even have a wonderful reptile collection. I definitely recommend a visit.

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