Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix
Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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We are in Arizona visiting family for a week. We have done several fun activities and my children (6 & 12) say the zoo was by far their FAVORITE! We have a fantastic zoo at home, and it doesn't have t... read more »
The last time I was here was about five-years ago, though I've had relatives/friends there more recently and all have had good things to say. Ever since I was a kid, I've always found plenty of things... read more »
I love zoo's but the Phx Zoo is just OK, It is very old and has not changed much in a lot of years. I hate that people can smoke there because the dirty pigs leave the cigarette buts all over the grou... read more »
Comparing this zoo to the one in Tucson and the San Diego Zoo, this is definitely a good one. It's not as big as San Diego, but it is so much, much larger than Tucson, and much less expensive than SD. There are two splash pad got kids, which may not be the first thing you consider when picking a zoo to visit, but this alone is an amazing feature considering how hot it gets in the summer. Tucson has a waste pay area too, but the quality of the Phoenix Zoo's is much better. If you're in Arizona, this is definitely the zoo to go to.
The treehouse was cool. Pretty got out even saw most of the animals. The hours are dumb though. Can barely get walking around the park in that amount of time. Only open till 2pm should be later when its cooled off & more animals are viewable.
Lots of animals. There were plenty of chances to get close to the animals without being in danger. We also got to watch the feedings of the alligators upclose without any danger. The roads were smooth and plenty of restrooms and places for beverages. We really enjoyed the 4D showing of the wild animals and gift shop. The double stroller we rented there was reasonably priced ($12 with a $2 refund upon return) and super easy to use. We even came home with a couple of loose monkeys 😜
We love being zoo members, there's so much to see and every trip is a little different, which keeps it exciting. Even in the summer we can cool off at the splash pad, in front of the elephants or take a lunch break in the AC playroom in the children's area.
Go in the morning or at twighlight if you can, they zoo hours have changed to accommodate for the heat. Check out the conservation center and talk to the keepers and volunteers about the new baby black footed ferrets. There is so much happening here behind the scenes that you won't know about if you don't ask.
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