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Blank Park Zoo

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Nice trip

This zoo is small but it sure is fun. Zoo brew for adults is a blast. All animals are cared for... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2018
Lurch11386
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Nice little zoo

We have lived in the area for a few years and never visited the zoo. It was smaller than some we've... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Mary K
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Imagine a place where you can have a wild family adventure viewing rhinos or feeding a giraffe while also helping preserve animals for future generations. A portion of the proceeds from your visit to Blank Park Zoo is used to protect animal...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-6667
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+1 515-285-4722
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love this zoo and bringing my family here. The little ones are always in awe of the variety of animals and they seem well cared for and content. Just a good time to escape for an afternoon.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank heathershel64
Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

This zoo is small but it sure is fun. Zoo brew for adults is a blast. All animals are cared for very well. I like to volunteer here also!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lurch11386
Reviewed December 9, 2018

The zoo is small.. Some interesting wild animals,--rhinos, lions, giraffes, camels, penquins., seals etc The zoo needs some updating wirh better sign/directions/exits and benches. Ok for young families. It was very busy with parking lots full.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gary O
Reviewed November 15, 2018

I think that this is one of my favorite zoo's. It has all of my favorite animals and it is just so much fun!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Madison R
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Had a great time, toured outside and then warmed up indoors. Early the animals are all being feed and it is a good time to observe them without a crowd.I observed birds in the Discovery area I had not noticed before.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GRC761
Reviewed October 15, 2018

The zoo was very well kept and the animals look to be taken very good care of. The only bad thing is that it is very spread out for a little zoo, but not a big deal. The staff was very nice. Buying tickets online...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

We have lived in the area for a few years and never visited the zoo. It was smaller than some we've visited and it was cooler temperature so some of the animals weren't out. We did see some of them inside. The staff was friendly...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mary K
Reviewed October 8, 2018

I had the opportunity to recently visit the zoo after having not visited for several years. It has come a long way from the beginning when I raised funds for the zoo as a child. This is a great, easily accessible, interactive zoo. Our group...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Lisa S
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

The Blank Park Zoo is a wonderful family outing. It's a very small Zoo but it has some very nice exhibits and his very oriented towards children and educational purposes.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank diehardcowboy
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

The blank park zoo is a great place to spend the day. They have lots of animals, and there are concession stands all over. The discovery center is the indoor exhibit It’s a great little zoo to spend the day at.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank matthewv890
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Response from jzeiger | Reviewed this property |
If we remember right the parking was free
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Marilyn S
June 14, 2018|
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Response from Ryan01134 | Property representative |
Yes, we have a picnic area that you can eat lunch out near the parking area.
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Yes, they have a really nice, shaded picnic area!
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