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Denver Zoo

City Park, Denver
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  • elephants
  • sea lions
  • zoos
  • tropical discovery
  • picnics
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  • Jessikah M.
    I loved the exhibits! Especially being able to go in a majority of the bird exhibits to see how pretty they are up close! The zoo was super clean, great parking and the animals seemed pretty content!
    Upvoted Sep 18
  • Franco C.
    Franco CalizNovember 9, 2015
    Love this zoo. Animals have plenty of room, elephant path is nice, the feline house is awesome. Check out the lorikeet area: it's also free. Pretty great trip. And yes, the picture is a hyena in a box
  • Natalie
    NatalieNovember 9, 2015
    With 80 acres there is a lot to see. With the construction of bear mountain it became the first zoo in the country to use naturalistic enclosures. Check out the list of babies currently available too!
  • Hanibal C.
    Hanibal ClaytonApril 5, 2015
    Not as great as the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo down in the Springs but it still makes for a fun day! Make sure to see the shows like the Elephant and Sea Lion. Be wary of the food prices. Pack a lunch.
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole McKinneyJuly 28, 2015
    Best zoo I've been to. Animals are really active and there's a great Asian culture exhibit where the elephants are. Also: find the semi hidden food truck!
    Upvoted Sep 5
  • Get Outdoors CO
    Get Outdoors COJune 5, 2013
    "Let the wild rumpus start!" After you check out Denver Zoo, come to City Park on Saturday, June 8th to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. Explore dozens of outdoor activities for the whole family! Read more
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonSeptember 25, 2015
    Located at City Park, this family friendly setting offers a Tropical Discovery exhibit along with your favorite mammals plus plants, insects, birds, fish and reptiles. Don't miss the gift shop.
  • Alejandra T.
    Alejandra TorresFebruary 20, 2015
    Free days are great. Lots of animals and also lots of staff to tell you about the animals and you can even touch some ..
  • Colorado
    ColoradoJanuary 23, 2012
    One of the nation’s most popular zoos, this City Park landmark takes you on a globetrotting safari. Go nose to nose with a polar bear, trade funny faces with gorillas and stretch necks with giraffes.
  • Angelina I.
    Angelina IturrianAugust 1, 2011
    $1 military discount for entrance. Not very big but they are currently working on some better exhibits. Birds, fish & lizards are the biggies. The polar bear exhibit is nice, the sea lions are a hoot Read more
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MurrayJune 19, 2013
    Ride a B-Cycle to and from the zoo, the streets around it are very easy to ride. No hills, bike lanes or sharrows and traffic is pretty calm.
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DayJuly 27, 2013
    Finally a zoo with ample room for elephants. Great zoo. The map needs to be better though, a little more detail would help people not get lost.
  • The Peak P.
    Such an amazing treasure we have in Denver, the free days can be a bit busy, but mid-week trips lets you explore with out the crowds!
  • Jay E.
    Jay EaglesonSeptember 16
    The zoo gives plenty to do for the day. There are tons of exhibits and food options throughout. Hopefully you get to see the polar bears.
  • Brian N.
    Brian NelsonMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    As you come in the gate - to right: elephants, bears, monkeys, birds, cheetahs. To the left: zebras, tigers, giraffes, polar bears, sea lions, fish and komodo dragons (Tropical Discovery).
  • Heather
    HeatherJuly 21, 2012
    The new elephant exhibit is really cool- talks about the importance of conservation, but also addresses the problems elephants can cause for the people who share their land.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethJanuary 4, 2015
    Large, so plan your visit, tons of active animals and animal demonstrations. Can get crowded in the summer.
    HISTORYMarch 29, 2010
    The Denver Zoo has long been an innovator in re-creating realistic habitats: Bear Mountain, built in 1918, was the first animal exhibit in the U.S. constructed of simulated concrete rockwork.
    Upvoted Aug 7
  • Ab M.
    Ab MJuly 28, 2015
    We have been there a couple times now and we liked it a lot. Other than the sad looking lion it was great
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BarnetteDecember 17, 2012
    Loved Zoo Lights but parking was not fun! Go early before they open for Zoo Lights or later if possible for a better parking experience.
  • GaryFunk
    GaryFunkFebruary 4, 2012
    In 1896, a small, orphaned black bear named Billy became the first resident of Denver Zoo. Billy's adventurous helped mold the Zoo into a home to 3,800 animals representing more than 650 species. Read more
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HydeFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to thank the volunteers! They do so much- your experience just would not be the same without them. Ask them questions and learn some cool information!
  • Natalie
    NatalieNovember 10, 2015
    The Lego sculptures are gone (all except the lion which has over 56k Legos). Get ready for zoo light! December 4-January 3, 2016.
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DayJuly 27, 2013
    Burger sliders with tater tots from the food truck were delicious but got overcharged and didn't realize it until after. Double-check all the prices.
    Upvoted Sep 13
  • Amy C.
    Amy CarrFebruary 2
    Went on a free day and it was cold so some of the animals weren't out but overall the zoo was charming. Reminded us of Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BornMarch 31, 2010
    30 minutes before the Sea Lion show (2:30) the animals were really active and playful. Get a treat from the Northern Shores Cafe and enjoy watching the Sea Lions while you wait for the show to start.
  • Hampton Inn Denver-International Airport
    "Really, Denver zoo is incredible. Present there is a lot to observe (see) and complete (do)" Read more
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StollAugust 9, 2015
    I enjoyed watching the trainers do the elephant show. Zoo was well maintained and clean as well.
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReedAugust 3, 2015
    Feeding the giraffes was so cool. Definitely a must do!
  • The Weather Channel M.
    Spans over 75 acres and is home to over 4,000 animals including rare amur leopards, okapi, black rhinoceros, elephants, vampire bats, orangutan, Komodo dragons and more!
  • sarah c.
    sarah chapmanOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come during the week late afternoon to avoid the crowds and see a lot if the animals during feeding time.
  • Amy S.
    Amy StoutOctober 5, 2014
    Go through quickly and you've still spent an hour and a half there! I thought the birds were the coolest exhibit
  • Steph K.
    Excellent zoo with a variety of animals. Good lay out.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KnoxMay 22, 2011
    Aye-aye in the primate exhibit is a rare and amazing animal to see. Wait for you eyes to adjust to the dark in order to see them.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 28, 2011
    Did you know? The zoo was founded in 1896 with a gift to the mayor of Denver–an American Black Bear cub named Billy Bryan; named for William Jennings Bryan, a politician and Presidential candidate. Read more
  • Sujata
    SujataAugust 25, 2011
    The new patio near the sea lions is a great place to have a snack and watch the show.
  • Claire M.
    Claire MaddenApril 6, 2013
    Best zoo I've ever been to! My 3 year old loved it too!
  • *iVy
    *iVyOctober 1, 2015
    They serve beer at some of the kiosks for us big children over 21!
  • SafetyWeb
    SafetyWebDecember 22, 2010
    Great place to spend time with the family. For privacy, if you check in, consider doing so as you are leaving rather than upon arrival.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DuncanApril 24, 2015
    Big. Close animals. Eclectic food that wasn't too bad or terribly expensive. One of my favorite zoos.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CampbellDecember 19, 2015
    All the new additions are awesome, but I still kinda miss the old zoo
  • Dab P.
    Dab PadillaJuly 30, 2013
    Don't come on warm sunny days, you won't get to see a single animal out.
  • Claire
    ClaireJuly 29, 2013
    The new Elephant Passage gives visitors a better look at a wide variety of exciting animals.
  • Jacki T.
    Jacki TordillosSeptember 2, 2012
    The new exhibits are gorgeous, well worth the wait!
  • Brian N.
    Brian NelsonJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you need to warm up, both Bird World and Tropical Discovery are warm and toasty.
  • BestOf
    BestOfSeptember 9, 2011
    Winner of Best Denver Zoo Animal Babies 2011. See more of the best at Read more
  • John F.
    John FukudaNovember 22, 2014
    Bring your own food. You can avoid the crowds at the snack bars and have a picnic.
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff RenstromOctober 10, 2015
    Craft beers throughout the zoo make for the perfect Saturday outdoors
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Denver Aurora/Parker Hotel
    Great place to see a remarkable gathering of foreign animals and birds at this zoo Read more
  • Paisano0506
    Paisano0506January 11, 2014
    Check their website for free days and events.
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