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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 #6 of 23 Attractions 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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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 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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22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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North Liberty
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17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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Grimes, IA
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We love going to the Blank Park Zoo. It's small enough to walk through it in just over an hour, but there's enough to see that you could easily spend a couple of hours. We love seeing the animals up close. You're with the wallabies in the Australian section and the birds in the aviary. Kids Kingdom is great because... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We were there with our family nearing the end of the summer season. They have made many good changes since the first children's zoo. Not many animals were out and about that day due to previous rainy days. The umbrellas in the food court were filthy and needed to be either taken down or replaced. It is an easy walk... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My great grandson, Henry, had his first Night Eyes this year. I was with him, his Mom and Dad and although he is 9 months old, he did have a good time. He was Curious George, Dad was the man in the yellow hat and Mom was the Professor. Many wonderful, positive comments throughout the tour. It was a beautiful... More 

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Iowa, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We took our 16 month old to Blank Park Zoo and she loved it! It's not very big, but still has plenty to offer. If you're lingering at each exhibit a bit, it should take about 2-3 hours. You could get through it in a little over an hour if you didn't linger and just strolled through. We came on... More 

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