Denver Zoo
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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Adventure Awaits! Every day, Denver Zoo seeks to inspire exploration and discovery, and creates connections with people, animals and nature. And every day, we’re working to save animals and conserve wildlife here and around the world. Your visit and support aids in all these efforts- Thank you. Home to 4,100 animals, representing more than 600 species, Denver Zoo is committed to species conservation by bringing science education to life and providing extraordinary experiences that foster human and animal connections. It is the most visited cultural destination in Colorado, serving 2 million people per year. Located in Denver’s City Park, the Zoo is a nonprofit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which assures the highest standards of animal care. With the mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding, Denver Zoo dedicates more than $2 million annually to zoo-led programs aimed at protecting animals within their natural habitats around the world.
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JCW703
Moscow, Russia2,681 contributions
Jul 2022
A nice zoo. We purchased the membership which was great for early Saturday morning visits when the zoo was not as crowded. The downside was that not all of the exhibits / food stands are open at that hour. Free parking is nice.
Written August 1, 2022
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gypsyred
Sarasota, FL267 contributions
Aug 2022
Denver has a great zoo, and I highly recommend visiting. The place is spotless, and the animals appear to be well looked after. I talked to a docent who told us about their involvement with other zoos to ensure that animals receive the best care and their cooperation in making sure animals that don't get along stay together. The price is very family-friendly, lots of families there today. They allow you to bring in your own food and beverages, and we spotted many folks having picnics in the various areas of the zoo. Eateries are located in various sections of the zoo and have various menus. The prices were reasonable. I was impressed that some exhibits were closed due to heat conditions, but that was also listed on their website when I bought tickets. There were also "hydration stations" strategically located in the zoo with cups and free water for the humans. The gift job was large and had many interesting books and puzzles and crafts for kids as well as the normal items one would expect to find. If I lived in Denver, I would immediately become a member.
Written August 7, 2022
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Les M
Cincinnati, OH427 contributions
Aug 2022
The spent a few hours at the Zoo and we had fun. We are kinda spoiled having a great zoo in Cincinnati. The Denver Zoo is smaller, but they had a good variety of animals and the zoo is easy to tour.

We didn't eat there, but they had plenty of options. Unfortunately, the train wasn't operating when we were there and that was a big disappointment for the kids.
Written August 19, 2022
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Tori B
Santa Barbara, CA85 contributions
May 2022
Simon and Garfunkel used to sing, "It's all happenin' at the zoo." But that's not the case at the Denver Zoo. When I made my ticket reservations two weeks ago, they had nothing on their website about closing all bird exhibits due to HPAI (highly pathogenic avian influenza), or as they call it, bird flu. I can understand the safety measures, but they should have announced it on their website immediately and offered those who had already bought tickets a refund. As it was, numerous exhibits were closed and yet visitors still paid the regular entry fee. I was so looking forward to the great penguin exhibit as well as the flamingos. In addition, many of the other animals weren't on exhibit. There would be a sign that said, "If you don't see me, look inside." You looked inside, there was nothing but a sign saying, "If you don't see me, look outside." I heard several visitors wondering where animals were and commenting about another exhibit where the animal was no where to be found. Plus parts of the zoo are under construction, creating bottlenecks for pedestrians and the plethora of baby strollers. I've been to much better zoos in smaller towns, like Little Rock and Memphis.
Written May 7, 2022
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F00lishTraveler
Savannah, GA237 contributions
Oct 2022
Someone upthread noted that those of us who live(d) in Cincinnati are spoiled by having one of the country's best zoos. True. Denver Zoo is a compact zoo in City Park. Because of the small size, parking is problematic. But small zoos with easy sight lines are GREAT for young children and Denver Zoo is that. Notable are the elephant, giraffe, and sea lion exhibits. Also the tiger enclosure with the elevated (and caged, of course!) tiger walkway where there is often a tiger lying right above your head. So, if you have kids, this is a great place to visit. If not, go to the art museums or to the Museum of History and Science next door.
Written November 1, 2022
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Kelly
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Family
I 😘 ve the ability to purchase tickets and to have a live person to help in times of uncertainty.
I also loved how the animals are cared for and how the staff is knowledgeable and educated.
The one negative I experienced was the lack of care and poor interaction of the train staff. The young children who many are very young and don't yet understand time we're expected to wait an unreasonable amount of time to take a train ride. The staff spent way too much time standing around.
Written September 24, 2022
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Questovia
Wells, ME1,063 contributions
Sep 2022
This is a well-designed zoo and easy to navigate with baby strollers and young children. There are numerous benches throughout and clean facilities. The animal displays are pretty decent, but many were closed while we were there. Interestingly the carousel and face painting offered more excitement for the children then the live animals.
Written October 10, 2022
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Simon G
Commerce City2 contributions
Jun 2021
People are herded through the zoo for a miserable, long walk. Everyone was there, except for the animals. I saw a peacock and some geese, which walk around freely.
Waste of time and money. Zoo employees must be required to walk in groups of 2 and three. Lots of giggles and chat. They totally ignore the visitors. Most paths are blocked. Exhibits are non existent.
Written June 10, 2021
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IRun2Eat
Philadelphia, PA246 contributions
May 2021 • Family
We’ve put to a good amount of city zoos and would put this zoo at the top of our list. The zoo was in an easy to get to location right outside of downtown. The paths were clearly marked, which made it easy to get around the zoo. The elephant exhibit was the star of our trip as we were there during feeding time and the elephant put on quite a show.
Written April 18, 2022
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Harriet C
2 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
My husband and I just returned from the Denver Zoo today April 26, 2021. We're visiting from out of town and thought it would be a fun activity. Wrong! This was the most boring zoo we've ever been to. Compared to our experience at the San Francisco and San Diego Zoos, this zoo pales in comparison..There were hardly any animals for us to see. The mainline animals ( e.g. lions, tigers, African Elephants) were no where to be seen. The few that were out looked pitifully bored. Spending $20 per person was a waste. Not only were we disappointed with the animals but the food service and gift shop service was extremely slow and it wasn't that busy. We won't be recommending this zoo to anyone soon
Written April 26, 2021
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