Blank Park Zoo

Zoo, Other Great Outdoors, and Park
7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315, United States
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 9:00 AM–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 8:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 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
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)

Based on 144 votes

People like this place

  • What you need to know
    Jason M.
    "Zoo brew on wed nights is awesome."(3 Tips)
    "only other place to spot a giraffe in Des Moines."(3 Tips)
    Sandy T.
    "Members get a free train ride and 20% off in gift shop on Mondays."(2 Tips)
    Brandon B.
    "Kids get scared feeding the goats and llamas at the petting zoo"(2 Tips)
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  • free train rides
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  • Jason M.

    Zoo brew on wed nights is awesome. Local music, lots of good people and fun times

    Jason Mrachina · July 3
  • 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 · February 4
  • Awesome S.

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

    Awesome Sauce · August 24, 2014
  • Tawnia L.

    Summer fun

    Tawnia Leslie · August 15, 2014
  • 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
  • Kelly Jo R.

    Make sure you take the train ride

    Kelly Jo Rhodeman · July 18, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • Steven L.

    A really wonderful zoo if you're in town!

    Steven Ladin · March 30, 2014
  • Jeffrey M.

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

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

    Joy riding Cotton the camel.

    Claudia Gathercole · August 21, 2013
  • Claudia G.

    Buying feeding Sam the giraffe

    Claudia Gathercole · August 21, 2013
  • Sandra W.

    Turtles and more

    Sandra Wilkinson · July 30, 2013
  • 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
  • Justin H.

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

    Justin Heyd · July 24, 2013
  • Sarah H.

    I love to volunteer here!

    Sarah Hinzman · June 20, 2013
  • Sydney S.

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

    Sydney Schuler · May 27, 2013
  • Becky G.

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

    Becky Goerend · May 11, 2013
  • 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
  • Craig T.

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

    Craig Treptow · November 11, 2012
  • Marquis C.

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

    Marquis Carter · June 13, 2012
  • Adam H.

    Do the zoo!

    Adam Hansen · May 28, 2012
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    Urban Card Incentive: buy one ticket of admission, get the second free! Unlimited use.

  • Tamir T.

    Birthday parties here are cheap and fun!!!

    Tamir Talmon · March 25, 2012
  • 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
  • Byron S.

    Tigers and penguins and giraffes. Now to

    Byron Smith · January 26, 2012
  • Mike A.

    Zoos are the new wilderness

    Mike Albery · September 5, 2011
  • Leslie K.

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

    Leslie Keehn · August 14, 2011
  • Amanda T.

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

    Amanda Thompson · July 23, 2011
  • Evan[Bu]

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

    Evan[Bu] · July 22, 2011
  • Sandy T.

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

    Sandy T. · June 14, 2011
  • Ed M.

    Use your member card for discounts in the gift shop.

    Ed Meacham · May 14, 2011
  • Amber C.

    They have red pandas!!

    Amber Cormeny · August 21, 2010
  • Kelsi

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

    Kelsi · July 7, 2010
  • Tyler K.

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

    Tyler Kingkade · June 24, 2010
  • Ty K.

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

    Ty Knox · May 27, 2010
  • 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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