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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. See Phoenix Zoo and all Phoenix has to offer by arranging your trip with our Phoenix trip builder.
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  • Get the season pass and let the kids explore the zoo each time you go. Plenty to see and plenty to do for a few hours each time you go.  more »
  • I've been to many American cities, and some have great zoos. Speaking honestly, the one in Phoenix is pretty great. It's set amongst the Papago Park, a natural reserve smack in the middle of Phoenix/T...  more »
  • The exhibits are well laid out, the animals enjoyable to watch and there were plenty of places to sit in the shade and enjoy ice cream or a meal. The otters were hilarious and the Tigers came right up...  more »
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  • Always a fun place to go to wear or the kids. The prices are a little high for what you get compared to other zoos, but they're not unreasonable. I will say that membership is a bargain, especially it's you plan to go more than 1x a year. Kids under 2 are free, and adults start at $25 bucks. 3-13 is $15. Go see the 4D show... It's family friendly and funny! The food is hot and miss here. Sometimes it's hot and fresh, other times it's cold. It is, of course, a tad on the pricey side.
  • They have a great petting zoo for the kids and some play areas. The pinic areas are decent. The food is good but expensive. Mostly clean throughout the zoo. Needs more shaded areas to sit. Most of the animals seem in good shape but during certain time of day you won't see them, they'll be off sleeping somewhere. Great time to go is during Halloween and Christmas for the lights.
  • Best place to bring the kids in the entire Phoenix area. Also a great place to go for a run or walk. Membership is a great value - early entrance and special event discounts. Zoo Lights. Howl-O-Ween. Food choices are very good. Water play areas. And the animals.
  • We have a large family (9 of us) and buy family passes every year for the last 5 years. We love going in the winter and spring when the big animals are more active. In the summer we can go in an hour earlier than non members which is cool because no one wants to be walking around in the summer heat. 4 stars due to the price increase for next year we will probably not be going for a while.
  • It's expensive! The main reason I wanted to go was to see the rays but once you get in you have to pay extra for all the fun stuff. It was $5 extra to see the rays and sea life and it was also extra money to ride the carted tour or see the movie or anything basically. But if you really have absolutely nothing to and have some extra cash it is still fun. But go on a cool day because nearly everything is outside.