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“Children + Animals + Water = Fun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008 (Camelback East)
602-273-1341
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Ranked #25 of 128 Attractions in Phoenix
Type: Zoos
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Owner description: You'll find nearly any animal you can think of at this 125-acre, internationally renowned zoo, where fascinating trails lead you through an African savanna, a tropical rainforest and the Arizona environs, complete with wildlife of the respective region. Highlights are the giant Galapagos tortoises and a baboon colony.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Marietta, Georgia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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“Children + Animals + Water = Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Our grandchildren love to go to the Phoenix Zoo, and since their parents have become members, they get to go on a regular basis.

Today, we took the kids on our own...no parents to say "Yea" or "Nay" to ideas that sprung from the tiny mouths. First stop was the giraffe enclosure. Got to climb to the tower and look for the long necked critters. Then we went to ride the Safari Train. A "ChooChoo" to the conductor and we were off! It used to stop at several places along the way, but now it is a non-stop ride. This is one of the best ways to get to see the zoo and where you would like to go next. The line for the giraffe feeding was already getting started, so we decided to skip that attraction...the zip line also had quite a line forming (that was $10 a zip, so it was a no go for us). Want to ride a camel? You can do that here too!

What did our grandkids decide to do? Play on the playground behind the carousel and wade in the stream that flows under the treehouse and slide. They spent more than an hour splashing and running up and down the stream (it has a sandy shoreline and sandy bottom so there was no problem with stones or branches). Then we had lunch (hot dogs and hamburgers, what else!
By this time the 2 year old was starting to fall asleep while eating her hotdog, so we decided to pack it up and head home.

Too bad we did not get to see the rest of the animals or play in the splash pad areas, but we can save that for another day.

Visited April 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great zoo for the family to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The whole family enjoyed this zoo. They really take advantage at the AZ landscaping to incorporate the habitats. My kids even commented on how nice it was to see the animals in something other than the a cement enclosure. I thought the extras were reasonably priced. Feeding the giraffes was the highlight, even if it was only a few treats that you give them. Note on this activity. It is only available 2 hours out of the day and is on a first come first serve basis.

Visited March 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Wonderful zoo!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Lots of shady places in this zoo! Very clean and many places to get a cold drink and something to eat. A unique attraction in which you get to go in a money enclosure.

Visited March 2013
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Dayton, OH
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“Great for families of all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Great layout and collection of wildlife. Especially loved the giraffe exhibit where you can feed the giraffes!

Visited June 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Awesome animals to see @ Phoenix Zoo!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Enjoyed the Phoenix zoo with my family on a Sunday. I imagine visiting the zoo in March is the way to go, as the lines were non-existent and the temperature was amazing (80 degrees is about the max for me hiking around a park with some fairly good inclines!) The animals at this zoo appear excellently maintained. The facilities are clean and modern. All of the 'zoo staffers' were eager to engage in conversation and seemed to genuinely enjoy their jobs, which is really nice to see. Tons to see and do, and honestly one day was not really enough. If I ever go again, I would plan a two-three day trip and really get to see it all.

Visited March 2013
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