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 Edition.
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  • I can see where this would be a good day out for those with small children but as adults who've visited many zoos over the years the Phx Zoo was underwhelming at best. We would not be inclined to go....  more »
  • Travelled with myself, my wife, and my daughter. While decent in size, I found the layout poorly designed. We walked a number of loops and circles and ended up missing a big section of the zoo. They.....  more »
  • This zoo was better than expected. My family really enjoyed the animals. Lots of variety of species and animal types. Easy to get around and see everything. Big parking lot. The price was on the high....  more »
  • The zoo is a great place to spend the day. The animals are fun to look at, and there is a lot to learn. The food is also really great. They have a lot of cool events, and the membership is very affordable. My favorite part is the sting ray bay which costs a little extra, but it's worth every penny. Ellie is the friendliest ray.
  • This was the first zoo I went to as a kid and it's been a couple decades since my last visit so it's nice to see everything has changed. The exhibits are good sized for the type of animals in them. There's plenty of shaded, rest areas and water stops for the humans. I especially enjoy how you walk in a circle to get to the exit instead of having to back track like at some zoo's. They are definitely at the top of my list with zoo's we've been to.
  • Food at the Savannah Grill was delicious and filling. Service there was also great. Today was a semi hot day but there was a splash pad and you can find areas throughout the zoo to duck out of the heat. My family and I love going to this zoo whenever we can. Also the earlier you go the more likely you are to see the animals being active. Great trip as always!
  • I LOVE the Bronx Zoo but I plan to retire to the Phoenix area so I wanted to see how the Phoenix Zoo is in the hope that I'd want to go often some day. I will! Exhibits are spread out so there's a good deal of walking involved but as much history as I have with the Bronx Zoo, the Phoenix Zoo will serve as a substitute. Lots of animals and plenty of space for each. The day I move to Scottsdale I'm making out an annual membership. Fun, relaxing place.
  • So many fun activities to keep my toddler entertained. Big enough to keep us entertained all day and yet small enough to see everything in one trip. Love the train ride and theater, the petting area with the goats is too darling

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