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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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I like the zoo!

We go to Blank Park Zoo at least once a summer if not more. It is relaxing, clean, enjoyable. There is a new African animals exhibit with rhinos which is fun with drums and a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We go to Blank Park Zoo at least once a summer if not more. It is relaxing, clean, enjoyable. There is a new African animals exhibit with rhinos which is fun with drums and a village life display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This place is a must go! It was so much fun even on a hot day! The animals are great and I love the kids area! You can feed the animals there :)

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This is a small-ish zoo but worth a visit. It is a relaxing walk. Very child friendly. A pretty diverse collection of animals. Not to large of a zoo so children won't be too overwhelmed. Great play area in the petting zoo.

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Kansas City, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We were visiting our cousins this week and went to the zoo. I loved it. It is just the right size. Lots of neat areas. I personally like the monkeys in the front. One had a baby. We liked the sea otters also. And their show. We go every year. I haven't been to many zoos but this one seems... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Nice little zoo. Kids loved it even our teenager. Have been to it twice. Decent price. Will visit it again in the future.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We do not live in Des Moines, but have family that does. When I was a kid, we went to the Blank Park Zoo a few times, and I remember my parents being rather unimpressed (as kids, we loved anything that had animals, so we always enjoyed it). While visiting our family in Des Moines a few years ago, we... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I attend Zoo Brew a couple of times every year and it's quite fun! There's a fun vibe that includes affordable drinks, live music, and of course the animals! It is 21+ and only runs about 4 hours which is perfect. I would recommend it to anyone that is of age in Des Moines on a Wednesday... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I take my young kids (ages 3 and 7) to the Blank Park Zoo about four times per year...which says a lot when I live over an hour away! We enjoy this smaller zoo which allows us to see all of the exhibits without being totally exhausted by the end of the trip. They have a variety of animals including... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

It was a pleasant trip. They had variety of animals but wish the exhibits are more spacious but then we knew that it is gonna be small and cant complain much. Kids had fun.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Great Zoo! There's so much to do in Des Moines and the Zoo has to be one of the top ten places to visit! They have a lot of great animals and their Zoo keepers do an excellent job of holding keeper chats to allow the public to ask questions and get to know more about the animals. The sea... More 

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Additional Information about Blank Park Zoo

Address: 7401 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone Number: 515-285-4722
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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