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Blank Park Zoo

Address: 7401 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone Number: 515-285-4722
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Ranked #2 of 29 Activities in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: A wide variety of animals are housed in natural settings at this 22-acre, relatively small zoo...
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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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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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Des Moines, IA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I love our little zoo. It isn't huge, but the animals and features that are there are well-maintained. You can see most everything in an hour or two. The train is a kid favorite!

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Des Moines, IA
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35 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I realize the real estate they have to work with and the climate here in DM probably doesn't lend itself to too wide of a variety of animals but we need more monkeys, some hippos, elephants... We just need more!! :) Keep the people here in town - not driving to Omaha.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The weather was beautiful, so we paid a visit to Blank Park Zoo. We've been here several times before, so it wasn't a surprise that there weren't many animals. However, I was surprised that there were so many animals without indoor viewing areas. They were cleaning the seal lion tank, so we saw four huddled in a holding tank, some... More 

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Wynne
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Not enough variety of animals. Kids kept asking about elephants, bears, gorillas, and snakes. Other than that the park is a good size and have more than just seeing animals things to see and do.

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Olympia, Washington
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Blank Park Zoo was a great little zoo. Not as big as some other zoos but it did have some cool exhibits and animals I haven't seen anywhere else. Was a really good value and they had extra activities you could pay a couple bucks to do. My son really enjoyed feeding a giraffe! Plan to make another visit in... More 

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Blank Park Zoo is a great place to go with the family. We felt it was a good value. If you need to plan a day in Des Moines, add this to your visit!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We love the Blank Park Zoo. We purchased a family membership to use with our grandkids and two other adults and it has been a great option. We bring the kids, visiting friends...you name it. It's an easy zoo to stroll around and everyone finds something that catches their attention. We have been there 4 or 5 times this summer... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

I haven't been to Blank Park Zoo for awhile, but had the chance to go with the kids in September. I have to say I was impressed! My kids are 9 and 12 and they were engaged and excited about what the saw throughout the zoo. There are plenty of places to sit and absorb your surroundings and get really... More 

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