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“Fun for the whole family - shade even on a sunny day”
Review of Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo
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$29.99*
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Ranked #8 of 259 things to do in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 18, 2013

My friend and I took my 8 month old twins on a summer weekday. The zoo was very busy with other families and day campers. Even so, parking wasn't too far from the entrance, the line for tickets went very quickly, and we were able to get around the area freely without traffic jams.

It was quite sunny that day that we were there, but there are so many trees, overhangs, and indoor attractions that we were able to stay cool and no one got sunburned.

There is one indoor area that does not allow strollers, so be ready to carry any little ones.

If you have more than one child, I suggest using a tandem (one seat in front of the other) stroller or a wagon for easiest maneuverability. The wide jogging strollers are more difficult to get around the indoor areas. There is a wagon rental just after you enter the zoo - don't know the pricing.

Food is available in several areas of the zoo and some healthy options are offered. Otherwise, coolers are allowed, so pack your own food, snacks, and drinks to save money.

Thank floondy
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We have been to lots of zoos as we travel all around the country. The Denver Zoo easily ranks in the top 5 in the US, we had a great time. Plenty of free parking, Nice coupons available from Wendy's Restaurants. We arrived right when the zoo opened, it was somewhat cooler so the animals were active and easily seen. The animals seemed well cared for and overall the zoo was very clean. Lots of shade and a nice mixture of new and old portions of the zoo that have been well maintained. We had read and hear a lot about the new elephant exhibit but there wasn't anything going on at the time of our visit (my only minus). The zoo covers a lot of area so be prepared for some walking but again there is a lot of shade and it is mostly flat.

Thank karu99
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

This is beautiful zoo and has a wonderful layout. It takes a full day to see everything and just hangout. It is a kid friendly zoo and enough places for some cool air when the high temps start getting to you.

1  Thank MelodieS483
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

What a great zoo, and I have been to plenty of zoos over the years. This one reminded me of Disney land with the entrance and the big gift shop. There are lots of animal shows and talks going on through the day and we particularly loved the elephant passage. This zoo has a great variety of animals, some that I had never seen before making it more exciting. All the staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and we enjoyed having lunch in the cafe, a very good selection of meal options is available. A great day out for all the family!

Thank Rachel S
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Located in the heart of the city, the Denver Zoo was conveniently located. It had beautiful sculptures and buildings to welcome visitors and a nice map with show and feeding times. We caught a few of the shows and while not the best I've seen, they were educational. While there is nothing overly unique to the Zoo, my kids did feel like they saw everything they wanted to see and had a wonderful day!

Thank Constance E
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