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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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  • October 3, 2017
    We were warned about the ongoing construction projects in the zoo but decided to go anyways because we have a season pass. A few animals were off display including the giraffes, (the one animal my gra...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    This is a very nice, clean and interesting zoo. I took my 3 TEENAGE grandsons there and they had a great time. Couldn't stop raving about how much fun it was. The variety of animals is amazing. We all...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    I enjoy walking through here. the setting in the desert is very peaceful. They just had a baby giraffe born for the lucky to visit.  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    Lots of fun for the whole family! The Phoenix zoo is a gigantic open interactive zoo filled with tons of family friendly activities to do. There is giraffe feeding, stingray petting, and even a safari train! This place is huge though and can get hot so make sure you bring water!
  • June 14, 2017
    I've been going to the Phoenix Zoo since it opened in 1962. What makes it even more fun now is when there is someone working in an exhibit, they stop and talk to the visitors and answer questions. I've been very fortunate to have learned so much having one on one chats with the keepers. You feel closer to the animals when you know their histories, feeding habits and daily activities. Having varied open hours throughout the year gives you a chance to see all animals, even the ones that are awake at night.
  • April 1, 2017
    We had most of a day before our flight left at 6pm and the zoo was the perfect place to spend it. It is only a 10 minute drive from the rental car return and airport. We spent 4 hours and felt that was just the right amount of time. This is a very big zoo with many unique and interesting animals in addition to the expected exotics. Our favorite was the interactive monkey area. So fun to be in the cage with the cuties! We were very impressed with the 50 years of effective conservation efforts for endangered species and felt the price ($25 per adult) was worth every penny.
  • April 19, 2017
    The Phoenix Zoo at Papago Park is a unique and distinctive place to visit. What is really delightful is the beautiful garden and the greeneries which reflect the natural habitat of animals. It may not be possible to see everything in one visit but you get an idea. If you visit the place in the middle of the day you may find out that most animals are resting and are away from the curious eyes of the visitors, however, you could still see a few such as the charming Giraffe who proudly presents itself while busy eating. There are discovery tours, safari train, narrated tours, and specific trails to walk through and enjoy. Children and others will learn about the endangered species by riding a special carousel of their favorite animals. Dining, shopping and a lot more are available to make your visit a truly enjoyable one.
  • May 11, 2017
    I really love this zoo during the holidays. They really go all out with the lights and its amazing. There is also a large variety of animals here. I feel you're just farther away from the animals than other zoos. I have been to many zoos across the country and this one just seems very distant. But the atmosphere is great/

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