Denver Zoo
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 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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  • Linda A
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania458 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get the Zoo Experience
    We spent about 3 hours at the zoo. There was so much to see that I'm not sure we saw everything. We went on a Saturday evening, they have special deasl on weekends June and July. The zoo stays open until 8 pm and after 5 it was only 5.00 to get in. We stayed until it closed. Very impressive zoo.They have new baby otters and the Mountain Goat and her baby was so cute. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for something to do.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • VanEsq12
    Dallas, Texas3,906 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful zoo! LOVE the tiger enclosure!
    I have been to zoos all over the country, and this facility was fantastic!! I loved the new tiger enclosure that allowed the tigers to walk up above the crowds on catwalks. It was awesome to see them from a different perspective. Likewise, the elephants too had a bridge that allowed them to roam across another enclosure. The variety of animals was enjoyable. The enclosures were clean, and the animals looked well taken care of. Zoo volunteers were conveniently placed throughout the zoo explaining facts about the animals, and keepers were interacting with several of the animals doing feedings, educational seminars, or allowing kids to interact with an animal ambassador. Brining your own food is allowed. Do this!! There are so many beautiful places for a picnic. However, they have lots of dining options on site to address all kinds of interests: popcorn, pretzels, hotdogs, hamburgers, etc. There is also a fried chicken food truck. Go early! There is FREE parking in either a multi-story garage or a parking lot. These open at 7am, so by the time the zoo opens (at 9 or 10), open spots are limited. Wear sunscreen and a hat. The zoo is expansive, and it can be hot walking around.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 9, 2023
  • karenfS3956MK
    Bloomington, Indiana50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bright lights warm the heart
    We went for the winter night light extravaganza. It was enchanting. Even though there was a light freezing rain - we did the full light circuit. The best was seeing the giraffes up close. The other plus it was warm and dry.
    Visited December 2022
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Kim D
    Chicago, Illinois28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take your family to the Denver zoo!
    The Denver zoo has has some great exhibits. Our grandson enjoyed the elephant encounter as the elephant demonstrated behaviors in exchange for treats tossed close his mouth as he used his trunk like it was a hand to retrieve the goodies. The adults enjoyed the discussion on the behaviors and explained that the zoo had the largest herd of Asian elephant bachelors in North America and other interesting facts about these beautiful, big animals. In general most of the animals were more up close than other zoos I have been to. Go in the morning when it is cooler and the animals aren't inside.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Janet S
    Colorado174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful grounds
    Lovely outdoor walk through zoo, absolutely very clean, lots of great big trees for shade. Was impressed from an adults point of view. There are many cafes to eat, times shows for various events of different animals. Gift shop too. Highly recommend for all ages.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Darlene M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Denver Zoo
    We love the Denver Zoo. Took the grandchildren. Beautiful day , friendly staff and volunteers very helpful. Would have been nice to know about what time shows were when you 1st get there. Love the habitats for the animals nice job ! Overpriced food and gifts but expected that. The one elephant was knocking on their door with its trunk to be let in & trainer came & let him in. Nice! Fast moving lines , pretty well run it seems.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Cathy B
    Taos, New Mexico203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally impressed
    I'm a "zoo junkie" and go to them wherever I can. I've also been on Safaris in Africa twice. What impressed me most were the habitats that have been created for the animals. They have more room than I've ever seen in a city zoo. Also, the "hospital" was really impressive. The volunteers were really knowledgeable and were able to answer all of my questions and offer even more info. Great place!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Oldenkamp
    Monticello, Indiana166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely Visit
    This was one of the best zoos we’ve been to. So close to our hotel, and it felt totally secluded. Loved getting to see so many animals up close. Helped we had a beautiful November day to walk the park. Highly recommend.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Nicole M
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Elephants, Giraffes, hippo OH MY!
    We have been to several zoos and the Denver Zoo is by far the best! We went on a whim, and are so glad we did. You don't even know you're in the middle of a big city. We went on a cool, rainy overcast day, but most of the animals were out and we had the best time watching the elephants. Their habitat is amazing. They have 6, in a bachelor pack, there now. The staff is so knowledgeable and wanting to tell you abt their special animals.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 21, 2023
  • DallasElmo
    70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Should be recognized as one of the top five US zoos
    My daughter and I are zoo geeks and often travel in the US just to visit zoos. We planned a trip to the Denver Zoo specifically to see Prezwalski horses, which are not often on exhibit. We enjoyed being able to see the Prezwalski horses in their large paddock, but were absolutely floored by the rest of the zoo. The orangutan exhibit was the best, most naturalistic enclosure of any zoo we've visited. The elephant exhibit was similarly impressive, but it was the show that knocked our socks off. The seating area is in front of a water feature, meaning the elephants get quite close to you. Part of the show involves the elephants getting into the water and swimming, and then spraying water from their trunks. Wow! Never saw anything like that before. There is a state of the art veterinary facility with viewing windows so if you time your visit right you can watch an actual veterinary procedure. The daily schedule includes many keeper talks which really enrich your experience. We visited the San Diego Zoo and Sand Diego Safari Park several times last year, but this visit to the Denver Zoo was right up there with those visits and in some ways exceeded those visits. We also visited the Omaha zoo last year because it regularly appears on lists of top zoos. The Denver Zoo was significantly better in every way than the Omaha Zoo. We'll definitely come back to the Denver Zoo, probably adding it to our regular zoo visit rotation.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 22, 2023
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AshBernadette88
Huntsville, AL1,579 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We decided to take our 18-month-old here for a visit, and it was a pleasant experience overall. The admission price is very reasonable given the quality of the zoo, and guests can opt to purchase extra experiences, including a 4D theater!

Since we visited in winter, many of the animals weren't out. This is understandable, but I felt bummed with the lack of interior viewing areas; many zoos across the country have both indoor and outdoor viewing areas so that guests can see animals regardless of weather. However, we did see camels, giraffes, wild dogs, elephants, and goats, and the Tropical exhibit was excellent! There is plenty of food available, but (as expected) be prepared to pay a pretty penny for mediocre food. I love that there is "stroller parking" outside the buildings that house indoor exhibits...strollers are such a nuisance in small places.

Good experience; definitely prefer the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, but this is a good spot to enjoy a few hours if you're in the area.
Written February 17, 2020
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Tori B
Santa Barbara, CA99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Michelle R
Wichita, KS12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I have to admit that we are most likely spoiled with our Zoo in Wichita, Ks. The Amphibian section of the zoo was amazing and we LOVED watching the beautiful anaconda as she was extremely active. The rest of the zoo was kind of empty for our visit as they are doing a ton of construction right at this time, and of course it is pretty cold for the rest of the animals. We will definitely come back to see the improvements once the weather is nicer
Written January 25, 2020
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blessedsights2c
Ridgeway, WI35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We were a little worried many displays would be closed due to Covid 19, however that was not the case! You have to reserve your entrance time, which was easy to due online. Parking was free in a underground ramp. At the zoo, There were two loops we had the option of taking to keep foot traffic going In one direction. The entire path through the zoo was well marked out with arrows on the ground and hay bales to make paths. I enjoyed the marked out path because it made it easy to not miss anything! It never felt crowded and we were easily able to social distance. They are very good about enforcing mask wearing. I saw workers disinfecting while at many of the displays. The displays are set up for good viewing of the animals and we were impressed by how much room each animal had. Hand sanitizer was offered all over the park. The LEGO displays were awesome and fun to watch for as we walked. It took us 4 hours to do the entire park. We highly recommend this zoo!
Written August 12, 2020
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Emily
Lexington, KY165 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We visited the zoo in March 2020, mainly because we finished the things we really wanted to do in Denver early. A good number of exhibits did not have animals, as it was still fairly cold. However, the prices are raised starting March 1st. The selection of animals we did see was decent, and we saw two of the animal feedings. However, I was hoping to see move animals native to Colorado.
Written March 4, 2020
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Brandi I
Greenville, NC53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The day we went was hot and masks are required right now with COVID which is understable. They are requiring reservation to be made prior to arrival. With the Heat many animals were not out which was disappointing but the zoo overall was a nice zoo and offered lots of exhibits (if the animals were out).
Written July 24, 2020
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Harriet C
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Simon G
Commerce City2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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VanEsq12
Dallas, TX3,906 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I have been to zoos all over the country, and this facility was fantastic!! I loved the new tiger enclosure that allowed the tigers to walk up above the crowds on catwalks. It was awesome to see them from a different perspective. Likewise, the elephants too had a bridge that allowed them to roam across another enclosure. The variety of animals was enjoyable. The enclosures were clean, and the animals looked well taken care of. Zoo volunteers were conveniently placed throughout the zoo explaining facts about the animals, and keepers were interacting with several of the animals doing feedings, educational seminars, or allowing kids to interact with an animal ambassador. Brining your own food is allowed. Do this!! There are so many beautiful places for a picnic. However, they have lots of dining options on site to address all kinds of interests: popcorn, pretzels, hotdogs, hamburgers, etc. There is also a fried chicken food truck. Go early! There is FREE parking in either a multi-story garage or a parking lot. These open at 7am, so by the time the zoo opens (at 9 or 10), open spots are limited. Wear sunscreen and a hat. The zoo is expansive, and it can be hot walking around.
Written July 9, 2023
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Saige D
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I went with my toddler early in the morning. We had no trouble finding parking and were able to walk right in. All of the animals were out and we had a great time viewing all of them. Some even up close. Everyone wore masks, and there were hand washing stations and hand sanitizing units all throughout the park. The staff was warm and welcoming. We went early in the morning so it wasn’t too hot at all. We’ll definitely be going again.
Written August 8, 2020
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