Blank Park Zoo

7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 8:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
8.2/10

Based on 105 votes

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  • Phil J.

    If you have young kids, I highly recommend buying a yearly pass for the Zoo, the Science Center and Living History Farms. Excellent value.

    Phil James · April 22, 2010
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  • Amber C.

    They have red pandas!!

    Amber Cormeny · August 21, 2010
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  • Ty K.

    Don't forget to get a drink out of the hippo's mouth!

    Ty Knox · May 27, 2010
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  • Sandy T.

    Members get a free train ride and 20% off in gift shop on Mondays.

    Sandy T. · June 14, 2011
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  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? The first incarnation of the zoo, Des Moines Children’s Zoo opened in 1966. Based around nursery rhymes, it included a castle & moat, Noah's Ark replica, petting zoo & miniature railroad

    K12 Inc · February 6, 2012
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  • Evan[Bu]

    Besides Toys-R-Us, this is the only other place to spot a giraffe in Des Moines.

    Evan[Bu] · July 22, 2011
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  • Adam H.

    Do the zoo!

    Adam Hansen · May 28, 2012
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  • Kelsi

    Come enjoy Zoo Brew. It can be a great time!

    Kelsi · July 7, 2010
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  • Tyler K.

    Only feed Dolly, the other llamas are jerks. Got spit on by one.

    Tyler Kingkade · June 24, 2010
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  • urban card u.

    Urban Card Incentive: buy one ticket of admission, get the second free! Unlimited use. http://urban515.com/

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  • Ed M.

    Use your member card for discounts in the gift shop.

    Ed Meacham · May 14, 2011
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  • Steven L.

    A really wonderful zoo if you're in town!

    Steven Ladin · March 30, 2014
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  • Ginny C.

    Kids loved it, and it's rather inexpensive. We had a tough time finding a parking spot, though.

    Ginny Cox · September 3, 2013
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  • Claudia G.

    Joy riding Cotton the camel.

    Claudia Gathercole · August 21, 2013
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  • Sydney S.

    Make time for the sea lions and seals! Mondays have free train rides for members!

    Sydney Schuler · May 27, 2013
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  • Sarah D.

    The new rhino girl was fun to watch. The male and female haven't been introduced yet so only got to meet the girl.

    Sarah D · May 4, 2013
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  • Tamir T.

    Birthday parties here are cheap and fun!!!

    Tamir Talmon · March 25, 2012
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  • Amanda T.

    Feast in the wild this weekend! Different vendors, including Tropical Sno and Fazolis

    Amanda Thompson · July 23, 2011
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  • Erik R.

    It's been decades since I've been here but I'll be damned if I don't fit in that prairie dog tunnel and experience that awesomeness again!

    Erik Rowley · 3 weeks ago
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  • Awesome S.

    Crappy zoo. Omaha is so much better, and cleaner.

    Awesome Sauce · August 24, 2014
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  • Tawnia L.

    Summer fun

    Tawnia Leslie · August 15, 2014
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  • Brandon B.

    Kids get scared feeding the goats and llamas at the petting zoo, so look to the ground for free food to feed them.

    Brandon Barker · August 1, 2014
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  • Kelly Jo R.

    Make sure you take the train ride

    Kelly Jo Rhodeman · July 18, 2014
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  • Melissa D.

    Great zoo and getting better! May not be as big as Henry Doorly in Omaha, but you can enjoy several hours there. Also very kid friendly.

    Melissa Dally · May 17, 2014
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  • Nicole K.

    They are really giving the zoo a total makeover. It is nice but not quite comparable to bigger city zoos.

    Nicole Kline · May 7, 2014
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  • Jeffrey M.

    Great caves and hide holes for the kids to see the exhibits.

    Jeffrey M. · March 15, 2014
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  • Claudia G.

    Buying feeding Sam the giraffe

    Claudia Gathercole · August 21, 2013
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  • Sandra W.

    Turtles and more

    Sandra Wilkinson · July 30, 2013
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  • Sarah D.

    We love member Monday's. the kids enjoy the train rides; however, I would like to see the train expanded to go farther and possibly add a stop on the other side. That's be neat.

    Sarah D · July 29, 2013
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  • Justin H.

    Make sure you check it all of the animal shows at their corresponding times!

    Justin Heyd · July 24, 2013
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  • Sarah H.

    I love to volunteer here!

    Sarah Hinzman · June 20, 2013
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  • Becky G.

    Changing table is in the bathrooms by the gift shop. None in the bathroom by the goats.

    Becky Goerend · May 11, 2013
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  • Craig T.

    Go late, the tigers and lions will be active because it's almost feeding time.

    Craig Treptow · November 11, 2012
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  • Marquis C.

    Don't bring the children on Wednesdays after 5. Its "Zoo Brew" 21 and up only

    Marquis Carter · June 13, 2012
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  • Byron S.

    Tigers and penguins and giraffes. Now to

    Byron Smith · January 26, 2012
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  • Mike A.

    Zoos are the new wilderness

    Mike Albery · September 5, 2011
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  • Leslie K.

    Bathrooms are nasty and smell like smoke - go before you visit

    Leslie Keehn · August 14, 2011
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