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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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  • Not impressed with this zoo at all as it is way overpriced and then they charge you for EVERYTHING once you are inside. Want to touch stingrays, feed the giraffes, ride a camel or a tram or see a 4D movie or ride the carousel? $$ for all of it. I’ve been to many venues where at least the carousel or touching things in tide pools are free, but not here. The camel ride is $6 and lasts less than two minutes. With 7 children with me I wasn’t willing to drop $42 for them to ride a camel. You also walk and walk and don’t see all that many animals. If you have a good pair of binoculars you might actually see some of the animals. Take my advice and drive down to Tucson where the zoo is far less expensive and the animals closer together where you can actually see them! Tucson’s elephant exhibit alone is light years above anything the Phoenix zoo offers. You’re also much closer to the animals so when you look inside their habitats you can actually see them. I would give this zoo zero stars except for the fact that the employees are super friendly and they have a stroller and wheelchair rental. That’s not enough incentive, however, for me to ever return.
  • This zoo is pretty damn cool I’m from the North East and having the warmer climate here allows for different animals they I haven’t seen at zoos where I’m from and it was awesome! I wish however they had a few more of certain animals like the sloth there was only one which it was awesome to see at least one but it’d be cool to see him have a friend. The camels 🐪 were huge! The park was pretty clean over all there wasn’t much to eat that was really affordable though so eat before you come.
  • So disappointed, it hurts. Save your money & drive to the Los Angeles zoo. I HYPED my son up for the zoo. Then we got there & I wanted to cry! It took about 10 minutes before my son was like "mom, can we go to McDonald's". If you own binoculars, maybe you'll like this zoo. The animals are all asleep, half a mile away from where we can stand. I gave 2 stars because, by definition, it is a zoo. And EMPLOYEES ARE FRIENDLY.
  • We went for the day with our 3 year old for her birthday and had a blast. We bought our tickets on Groupon which included the dinosaur exhibit.The price was very reasonable. The staff was very kind and helpful and overall a great experience for all of us. We actually got to see many animals as it was not that hot. On a nice day it's a perfect place to be and we will definitely visit again.
  • 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.
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