Denver Zoo

2300 Steele St (btwn Colorado & York On 23rd), Denver, CO 80205, United States
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    • 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
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    • 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Mon–Tue
    • 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
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Denver Zoo is home to 3,800 animals representing more than 650 species and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Denver Zoo's mission is to secure a better world for animals through human understanding.


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    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.

    HISTORY · March 29, 2010
  • Colorado

    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.

    Colorado · January 23, 2012
  • Chainsaw M.

    Get a yearly pass it is worth every penny! Read more

    Chainsaw Mother · February 25, 2010
  • Rachel M.

    Go to Zoo Lights, dress in warm layers, bring handwarmers, and do not use a flash when taking pictures. Read more

    Rachel Moore · December 30, 2009
  • 4sqBadge

    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

    4sqBadge · February 4, 2012
  • Justin R.

    ...sun screen and water. Lots of it.

    Justin Ross · June 17, 2010
  • Scot P.

    Blub blub. Don't miss Tropical Discovery. A fantastic underwater adventure. Read more

    Scot Przybylski · March 13, 2010
  • Dawn C.

    Good offering of zoological adventures. The polar bear enclosure is not to be missed.

    Dawn Crawford · January 19, 2010
  • Phillip M.

    Zoo lights for a fun evening.

    Phillip Marquez · December 14, 2009
  • 🌀 Tim G.

    Bring your own food.

    🌀 Tim Golen · March 12, 2011
  • Chris B.

    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.

    Chris Born · March 31, 2010
  • Angelina I.

    $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

    Angelina Iturrian · August 1, 2011
  • Leith

    Join the Zoo's mailing list to learn about free events.

    Leith · January 29, 2011
  • Jessica H.

    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!

    Jessica Hyde · February 24, 2013
  • BestOf

    Winner of Best Denver Zoo Animal Babies 2011. See more of the best at Read more

    BestOf · September 9, 2011
  • Brian N.

    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).

    Brian Nelson · March 18, 2011
  • Scot P.

    Blub blub he said. Check out Tropical Discovery. A fine underwater adventure. Read more

    Scot Przybylski · March 13, 2010
  • Dab P.

    Don't come on warm sunny days, you won't get to see a single animal out.

    Dab Padilla · July 30, 2013
  • Ryan D.

    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.

    Ryan Day · July 27, 2013
  • greg k.

    The best part about the zoo is you can fart anywhere and nobody suspects you.

    greg knaddison · December 2, 2012
  • Daniel W.

    Go Early stay Late,The Food is Good.. Great Zoo.. Wear Walking shoes

    Daniel Whited · November 7, 2011
  • Jennifer A.

    Never feed our pet the animals here no mater how cute and cuddly they look

    Jennifer Andrade · March 17, 2011
  • Claire M.

    Best zoo I've ever been to! My 3 year old loved it too!

    Claire Madden · April 6, 2013
  • Jackie F.

    Demonstration of teaching animal husbandry behaviors to the lions is way cool. An opportunity to see and hear them up close!

    Jackie Flynt · November 18, 2012
  • Neil R.

    Say hello to the snow leopards!

    Neil Robertson · January 17, 2012
  • Kathryn R.

    Get here when the doors open, head north, and you'll have most exhibits to yourself.

    Kathryn Russell · May 26, 2010
  • Matt S.

    Count the Toyota logos at Toyota Elephant Passage

    Matt Schmoeckel · October 2, 2013
  • Danielle M.

    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.

    Danielle Murray · June 19, 2013
  • Tom M.

    I smell critter poo.

    Tom Martinez · May 28, 2013
  • The Harlem Globetrotters

    The Harlem Globetrotters are teaching some summer skills clinics June 10-15. Bring the kids out to learn from the best! For more information Read more

    The Harlem Globetrotters · April 25, 2013
  • Cody R.

    It's nice and all, but I've never been to a zoo that you had to pay to get in. This should be free for instate residence.

    Cody Ray · February 13, 2013
  • Tim A. M.

    Make sure to check on the new Asian exhibit while you're here!

    Tim A. Miller · April 1, 2012
  • Brett G.

    See the monkeys. A trip to the zoo without monkeys is like using a smartphone with no Internet.

    Brett Greene · March 28, 2012
  • Brian N.

    If you need to warm up, both Bird World and Tropical Discovery are warm and toasty.

    Brian Nelson · January 14, 2012
  • Anthony S.

    If you're an animal lover....this place is a must!

    Anthony Sayles · January 3, 2012
  • Scot P.

    Members get in at 8:30. Amazing time for the animals.

    Scot Przybylski · September 25, 2011
  • kyla s.

    Gotta go for brew at the zoo. Kind of crowded, but a fun time.

    kyla scheick · September 10, 2011
  • Sujata

    The new patio near the sea lions is a great place to have a snack and watch the show.

    Sujata · August 25, 2011
  • Kathleen M.

    Stop by the Lorikeets and say "HI" to Shaina

    Kathleen Mayhew · March 6, 2011
  • SafetyWeb

    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.

    SafetyWeb · December 22, 2010
  • Tirzha Z.

    Go early in the day and head the Lorikeet Adventure. $1 gets you nectar and the birds are plenty hungry and social so you'll get lots of face time!

    Tirzha Zabarauskas · April 24, 2010
  • Ron S. D.

    $1 hot dogs near the okapi and buffalo...

    Ron S. Doyle · February 17, 2010
  • Alejandra T.

    Free days are great. Lots of animals and also lots of staff to tell you about the animals and you can even touch some ..

    Alejandra Torres · 1 week ago
  • Elizabeth

    Large, so plan your visit, tons of active animals and animal demonstrations. Can get crowded in the summer.

    Elizabeth · January 4
  • Jack N.

    Such a fantastic zoo!!

    Jack Nevin · November 30, 2014
  • John F.

    Bring your own food. You can avoid the crowds at the snack bars and have a picnic.

    John Fukuda · November 22, 2014
  • Amy S.

    Go through quickly and you've still spent an hour and a half there! I thought the birds were the coolest exhibit

    Amy Stout · October 5, 2014
  • maritta

    Ride the train. Kids go cuckoo.

    maritta · August 25, 2014
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    Kira Rakhmetova · August 7, 2014
  • 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!

    The Peak Properties Group · June 12, 2014

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