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“Good for kids”
Review of Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo
Ranked #11 of 228 things to do in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Visit the Phoenix Zoo and explore a wondrous world of curiosity, imagination and discovery. For more than half a century, the Zoo and its animals have amazed guests from across Phoenix and around the globe. Whether you are on the lookout for awe-inspiring Asian elephants, on safari to spot the great Sumatran tiger or seeking towering giraffes roaming the savanna - a day at the Zoo offers adventures like no other place in the Valley. With cafes, shops, lush gardens and exciting experiences like Stingray Bay, Giraffe Encounter, Monkey Village, Safari Train, 4-D Theater and many more, your visit to the Zoo will be memorable for the entire family. The Phoenix Zoo is one of the nation's largest non-profit zoos, committed to conservation and providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.
Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews
“Good for kids”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

I enjoy coming here. There are playgrounds and splash pads to stay out of the heat. The kids enjoy the petting zoo. Good variety of species.

Visited March 2013
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Dayton, Ohio
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Nice weekday funday”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

The zoo is fairly small and easy to navigate. Lot's of varied animals and plants. It was very crowded early Sunday in early Spring.

The entry fee is fairly high but the gift shop offers many items at a reasonable price.

Visited March 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Nice Lake, Great Animals”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

With over two miles of trails and over a thousand animals spread over 125 acres, the Phoenix Zoo is right up there among the better zoos that I’ve visited. Although I wouldn’t want to walk the trails on a hot summer day, they were great for strolling on a pleasant day in February. The animals were active, well taken care of and fun to watch. The zoo has a large bird population and they can be heard just about everywhere, especially when the crested screamers sound off around feeding time. A few shaded picnic areas are located by a large central lake and a safari train is available for a ride around the zoo. Other worthwhile attractions are nearby, within a mile of the Phoenix Zoo, including the Desert Botanical Garden, the Hole in the Rock and Papago Park. All are on N. Galvin Parkway.

Visited February 2013
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Mobile, AL
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47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Beautiful zoo”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

The Phoenix zoo is really well done; natural settings for the animals and well kept. Lots to see and do. They will allow you to bring in your own food and drinks which can really help save some money, but the cost of admission is pretty pricey, especially for an entire family. If you live in the area you would probably be better off to purchase a membership. Still, it was a great day and the kids really enjoyed it.

Visited December 2012
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Brussels, Belgium
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125 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Fantastically managed zoo”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

I am usually not such a great fan of zoos, but this one is beautifully landscaped, the animal husbandry is top-notch, their animal conservation is fantastic and makes a real difference to species that are on the brink of extinction. But if you don't care about any of this, it is also just a great day out, a beautiful walk, and a fun place to be. Don't miss this one.

Visited March 2013
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