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“Excellent time at the zoo!”
Review of Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo
Ranked #11 of 229 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.
Beloit, Wisconsin, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Excellent time at the zoo!”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

Phoenix Zoo is one of my favorite zoos. Located fairly conveniently in central Phoenix, this zoo is really fun. That said, it's not free. Again: NOT FREE. There are free zoos. This is not one. If you want a cheap day at the zoo, go to a free zoo, pack your own lunch, don't expect anything but seeing animals, and then sometimes the animals may not be on exhibit. Fill out a triple t form (Tough tenderloin, Terence) and wait for a reply. But if you want a fun time at a zoo and have a little money, go to Phoenix Zoo.

We had a blast! My tween daughter and I made it four and a half hours and didn't even get to half of the zoo. There's a lot to see and a lot to do. Phoenix is hot, so come prepared. Taking your baby out in 90 plus degree heat is not a good idea, zoo or no. Stay home on those days. Drink plenty of fluids while at the zoo. There are machines and stands selling cold drinks all over. Or drinking fountains. There is also plenty of shade along the way.

The zoo has a lot of animals, and the African space was nicely laid out. All of the animals seemed to have plenty of water available, most with some kind of water feature or stream. Some of the animals were rare and we hadn't seen them at other zoos (mane wolf and big anteater for instance). The petting zoo is always cool, with big fat goats laying around and running around.

Besides the animals, there were several value added, pay activities to do. All were quite fun. The zip line may not be the longest in the world, but it was quite fun. Camel rides made us feel like sultans. Pedal boats were cool, out on the lake with turtles and the world's largest species of pelican. The carousel was fun for a few minutes. The train tour around the park was interesting and a nice way to spend a half hour. The lady giving the tour was smart and witty, made the whole thing even better. And petting and feeding the sting rays was a lot of fun (but a little smelly). We did not feed the giraffes, but you can do that, too. These cost money. Five here, ten there.

The best:

Value added's. These activities interspliced with seeing the animals really made it fun.

The worst:

Honestly, our visit was all kicks, no pricks. We saw what we wanted to, did what we wanted to. Waited in lines no longer than two people deep (even for the train, which we entered at the last minute and sat in handicapped spot as there were no handicapped on at the time and had a lot of leg room and a front row seat). Spent $125. Park left us wanting more but too tired from all the fun to go on. Maybe we hit it at just the right time, but this was an awesome zoo!

Visited October 2013
2 Thank Gregory M
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Franklin, Tennessee
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“Lions, Tigers and Bears”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

While in Phoenix with my busy husband, I planned an afternoon at the zoo solo. Cost was $20.00 adult admission. It has been a while since I visited a zoo, and was pleasantly surprised with this one, tucked near Papago Park. Volunteers and staff were friendly and helpful, the zoo was clean and animals were active, enjoying the relatively cooler temps.
I probably walked 2-3 miles while visiting the different exhibits, so wear comfy shoes. Concessions are available, but pricey. I opted for a large bag of kettle corn...can't resist it anywhere, and a medium drink which totaled about $11.00. So either expect to spend that kind of money on food or eat before you go.
This zoo has all the usual animals suited for desert climates. So, no polar bears etc. I would not go in hotter weather, because the animals are just not active in the heat. But, October weather seems to be to their liking and makes the visit all the more interesting.

Visited October 2013
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Kingman, Arizona
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“Has become Average....”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

Individually or as a family I have been visiting here for at least 35 years. What once was an Amazing visit for all ages.....Has become Average.

There are 5 "snack bars", all outdoor seating, all serve the same foods. Good shaded areas for resting. Benches and restrooms through-out the park. The children's Carousel looks fun, a Train Ride will show you around and there is a seasonal ZipLine.

You might want to call ahead to see when the animals are more active. On this visit few were seen/found during my slow walk through and I spent 5 1/2 hours here. You won't want to be walking back and forth to see if the animals have finally shown themselves..... especially if you have walking children.

Hours average 9a-5p, with an exception for June and August 7a-2p. I believe the only day they close is Christmas. Entrance fee: 13 yrs & up $20 [Wild Adult $30], 3-12 yrs $10 [Wild Child $20]. November begins their Zoo-Lights, something special to see at night!

Stroller rentals: Single $10, Double $12 - Each have $2 refunded upon return. Wheel Chair rentals: $11 with $5 refunded upon return. Electric Scooter rentals: $35 with $10 refunded on return.

*One year with the Grandkids.....double stroller was rented. They roll very smoothly, easy to handle.

The area is normally sunny, wear sun-screen and a hat [especially during warmer months] Consider dressing children in clothing that can get wet. There is a play area open from March till October, ;-) it involves a splashing good time for young ones.


Visited October 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Fun afternoon at the zoo”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Great visit. It was a bit pricey to get in but it was fun once we did. We saw beautiful animals and had a full day of entertainment. If you don't have a car a cab ride is about 30 dollars so you might as well do the botanical gardens while you are out there. Enjoy!

Visited November 2012
Thank Steve O
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Astoria oregon
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“Nice zoo in in the southwest .”
Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Well you seen one zoo you have seen them all. We took the lady friends young son and he truly enjoyed it. Educational as well as entertaining. Very fun time viewing all the animal life.
A must see when in the Phoenix area.

Visited October 2013
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