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Blank Park Zoo

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Address: 7401 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone Number: 515-285-4722
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Description: A wide variety of animals are housed in natural settings at this 22-acre...
A wide variety of animals are housed in natural settings at this 22-acre, relatively small zoo, dedicated to caring for the over 800 animals, educating the public about different species, and generating fun experiences for children, such as crawling through simulated prairie dog tunnels and feeding, petting and riding animals.
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Small, but fun!

It's not the largest zoo, but they really have a comprehensive display of animals and birds. The animals seem to be well tended and cages are clean. Perfect for families... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
RandyKasal
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Central City, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Love this Zoo, great lay out, interesting animals and activities. They have fun extra events on Halloween, Easter and other holidays. Not the largest zoo, but definitely a lot of fun for families. They have a playground and petting zoo for young children. There are a lot of extra activities for children to do through out the park.

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Winterset, Iowa
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This zoo may seem small to seasoned zoo trekkers, but this zoo is a great value and visit for any family who wants to see a bulk of what is great in zoos. This zoo has great paths that equate out to a fluid way of getting around easily. There exists a large area where one can pet lammas, goats,... More 

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Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Love this little zoo. New updates are nice. Only about a half day experience. Kids love it. Animals given plenty of space. A Must do if you love animals and are visiting Des Moines

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Des Moines, Iowa
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We love this small zoo for our 4 small grandchildren. It take 2-3 hours to stroll through the zoo. Just right for the little ones. Don't miss the camel ride, there is approx a $5 charge for this, well worth the money. Also check the web site for giraffe feeding times.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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618 reviews 618 reviews
440 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

It's not the largest zoo, but they really have a comprehensive display of animals and birds. The animals seem to be well tended and cages are clean. Perfect for families, dates, and singles. Price is inexpensive.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

The Dsm zoo is small but it packs a punch with the many animals you can see. Perfect little outing for something to do in the morning with young ones.

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Cancun
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

As most zoos go this is like most others except for some of their activities. In the summer they have a night time experience for children called night eyes. It is like a sleep over. During the summer they also have wine night where they have music entertainment, beer and wine for adults which alows everyone to have an enjoyable... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Zoo Brew on Wednesday nights are always so much fun with friends! live music, adults only, beverage samples, food and alcohol beverages to purchase all while walking around and checking out the animals! F U N !

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78 reviews 78 reviews
29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I wouldn't say this zoo is a must see but it's a nice little zoo to take your little kids to. They have a nice little variety of animals.

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Waterloo, Iowa, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Blank Park Zoo is not very big, but it packs a lot of animal excitement into a little space! I have been here several times and will continue to go back. I love the giraffe's here!

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