Blank Park Zoo

Zoo, Other Great Outdoors, and Park
Des Moines
  • Jason M.
    "Zoo brew on wed nights is awesome."(4 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)
    Melissa D.
    "Also very kid friendly."(2 Tips)
39 Tips and reviews
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  • llamas
  • free train rides
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  • Kate A.
    Kate AnnAugust 2, 2016
    zoo brew on wednesday nights for grownups, but a great visit all the time! say hi to barnaby, the giant aldabra tortoise.
  • Jacqueline M.
    Jacqueline MartinJune 17, 2016
    Fun for kids and family
  • Jason M.
    Jason MrachinaJuly 3, 2015
    Zoo brew on wed nights is awesome. Local music, lots of good people and fun times
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyFebruary 4, 2015
    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!
  • Miranda A.
    Miranda Awesome SauceAugust 24, 2014
    Crappy zoo. Omaha is so much better, and cleaner.
  • Tawnia L.
    Tawnia LeslieAugust 15, 2014
    Summer fun
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BarkerAugust 1, 2014
    Kids get scared feeding the goats and llamas at the petting zoo, so look to the ground for free food to feed them.
  • Kelly Jo R.
    Kelly Jo RhodemanJuly 18, 2014
    Make sure you take the train ride
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DallyMay 17, 2014
    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.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KlineMay 7, 2014
    They are really giving the zoo a total makeover. It is nice but not quite comparable to bigger city zoos.
  • Steven L.
    Steven LadinMarch 30, 2014
    A really wonderful zoo if you're in town!
  • Jeffrey M.
    Jeffrey M.March 15, 2014
    Great caves and hide holes for the kids to see the exhibits.
  • Ginny C.
    Ginny CoxSeptember 3, 2013
    Kids loved it, and it's rather inexpensive. We had a tough time finding a parking spot, though.
  • Claudia G.
    Claudia GathercoleAugust 21, 2013
    Joy riding Cotton the camel.
  • Claudia G.
    Claudia GathercoleAugust 21, 2013
    Buying feeding Sam the giraffe
  • Sandra W.
    Sandra WilkinsonJuly 30, 2013
    Turtles and more
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DJuly 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Justin H.
    Justin HeydJuly 24, 2013
    Make sure you check it all of the animal shows at their corresponding times!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HinzmanJune 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I love to volunteer here!
  • Sydney S.
    Sydney SchulerMay 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Make time for the sea lions and seals! Mondays have free train rides for members!
  • Becky G.
    Becky GoerendMay 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Changing table is in the bathrooms by the gift shop. None in the bathroom by the goats.
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DMay 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The new rhino girl was fun to watch. The male and female haven't been introduced yet so only got to meet the girl.
  • Craig T.
    Craig TreptowNovember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go late, the tigers and lions will be active because it's almost feeding time.
  • Marquis C.
    Marquis CarterJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't bring the children on Wednesdays after 5. Its "Zoo Brew" 21 and up only
  • Adam H.
    Adam HansenMay 28, 2012
    Do the zoo!
  • Tamir T.
    Tamir TalmonMarch 25, 2012
    Birthday parties here are cheap and fun!!!
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncFebruary 6, 2012
    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
  • Byron S.
    Byron SmithJanuary 26, 2012
    Tigers and penguins and giraffes. Now to
  • Mike A.
    Mike AlberySeptember 5, 2011
    Zoos are the new wilderness
  • Leslie K.
    Leslie KeehnAugust 14, 2011
    Bathrooms are nasty and smell like smoke - go before you visit
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda ThompsonJuly 23, 2011
    Feast in the wild this weekend! Different vendors, including Tropical Sno and Fazolis
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 22, 2011
    Besides Toys-R-Us, this is the only other place to spot a giraffe in Des Moines.
  • Sandy T.
    Sandy T.June 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Members get a free train ride and 20% off in gift shop on Mondays.
  • Ed M.
    Ed MeachamMay 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Use your member card for discounts in the gift shop.
  • Amber C.
    Amber CormenyAugust 21, 2010
    They have red pandas!!
  • Kelsi
    KelsiJuly 7, 2010
    Come enjoy Zoo Brew. It can be a great time!
  • Tyler K.
    Tyler KingkadeJune 24, 2010
    Only feed Dolly, the other llamas are jerks. Got spit on by one.
  • Ty K.
    Ty KnoxMay 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't forget to get a drink out of the hippo's mouth!
  • Phil J.
    Phil JamesApril 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have young kids, I highly recommend buying a yearly pass for the Zoo, the Science Center and Living History Farms. Excellent value.
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