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Denver Zoo

City Park, Denver
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  • elephants
  • sea lions
  • zoos
  • tropical discovery
  • picnics
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  • 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
  • Jessikah M.
    Jessikah MoutrayJune 28, 2016
    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!
  • Natalie
    NatalieNovember 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Eliza W.
    Eliza WeeksFebruary 14
    This is an incredibly interactive zoo!!! Fantastic conservation efforts and the human to animal experience was much more intimate than other zoos who are known for their obtrusive concrete barriers.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ..
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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).
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jay E.
    Jay EaglesonSeptember 16, 2016
    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.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethJanuary 4, 2015
    Large, so plan your visit, tons of active animals and animal demonstrations. Can get crowded in the summer.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Hampton Inn Denver-International Airport
    "Really, Denver zoo is incredible. Present there is a lot to observe (see) and complete (do)" Read more
  • Natalie
    NatalieNovember 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Lego sculptures are gone (all except the lion which has over 56k Legos). Get ready for zoo light! December 4-January 3, 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Amy C.
    Amy CarrFebruary 2, 2016
    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.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StollAugust 9, 2015
    I enjoyed watching the trainers do the elephant show. Zoo was well maintained and clean as well.
  • 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.
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReedAugust 3, 2015
    Feeding the giraffes was so cool. Definitely a must do!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Paisano0506
    Paisano0506January 11, 2014
    Check their website for free days and events.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Claire M.
    Claire MaddenApril 6, 2013
    Best zoo I've ever been to! My 3 year old loved it too!
  • Steph K.
    Steph KatrinaMarch 26, 2016
    Excellent zoo with a variety of animals. Good lay out.
  • Jacki T.
    Jacki TordillosSeptember 2, 2012
    The new exhibits are gorgeous, well worth the wait!
  • Claire
    ClaireJuly 29, 2013
    The new Elephant Passage gives visitors a better look at a wide variety of exciting animals.
  • *iVy
    *iVyOctober 1, 2015
    They serve beer at some of the kiosks for us big children over 21!
  • Brian D.
    Brian DuncanApril 24, 2015
    Big. Close animals. Eclectic food that wasn't too bad or terribly expensive. One of my favorite zoos.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Tirzha Z.
    Tirzha ZabarauskasApril 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • John F.
    John FukudaNovember 22, 2014
    Bring your own food. You can avoid the crowds at the snack bars and have a picnic.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Denver Aurora/Parker Hotel
    Great place to see a remarkable gathering of foreign animals and birds at this zoo Read more
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WhitedNovember 7, 2011
    Go Early stay Late,The Food is Good.. Great Zoo.. Wear Walking shoes
  • Jackie F.
    Jackie FlyntNovember 18, 2012
    Demonstration of teaching animal husbandry behaviors to the lions is way cool. An opportunity to see and hear them up close!
  • Tim A. M.
    Tim A. MillerApril 1, 2012
    Make sure to check on the new Asian exhibit while you're here!
  • G. M.
    G. MavilleMay 14, 2013
    Good job guys !! Nice zoo !!
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff RenstromOctober 10, 2015
    Craft beers throughout the zoo make for the perfect Saturday outdoors
  • Sujata
    SujataMay 6, 2011
    Members get in early at 8:30 during the summer!
  • Kimberlie H.
    Kimberlie HösliOctober 5, 2015
    There is so much other things to do than just look at animals.
  • Kathryn R.
    Kathryn RussellMay 26, 2010
    Get here when the doors open, head north, and you'll have most exhibits to yourself.
  • kyla s.
    kyla scheickSeptember 10, 2011
    Gotta go for brew at the zoo. Kind of crowded, but a fun time.
  • Shelby R.
    Shelby RothwellMarch 18, 2013
    Was not impressed with the zoo. Most of the animals were inside and not able to be seen. It didn't seem well up kept. Will not be going back. Cheyenne mountain zoo is a lot better.
  • Amy
    AmySeptember 16, 2012
    You MUST go early to find parking
  • Cody R.
    Cody RayFebruary 13, 2013
    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.
  • Brett G.
    Brett GreeneMarch 28, 2012
    See the monkeys. A trip to the zoo without monkeys is like using a smartphone with no Internet.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RileyApril 24, 2011
    If you buy a soda keep your cup and get refills for $1.50 at any of the zoo's cafes
  • Gretchen W.
    Gretchen WJuly 8, 2016
    Lots of new babies right now.was not really crowded. New tiger exbit coming soon
  • Anthony
    AnthonyJanuary 3, 2012
    If you're an animal lover....this place is a must!
  • Dawn C.
    Dawn CrawfordJanuary 19, 2010
    Good offering of zoological adventures. The polar bear enclosure is not to be missed.
  • Urban C.
    Urban ChitChatMay 28, 2014
    Have alot of food because it is soooo BIG!
  • Sean DeMarco
    Sean DeMarcoJune 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy the annual membership and make it worth your while.
  • Leith L.
    Leith L. WeaponJanuary 29, 2011
    Join the Zoo's mailing list to learn about free events.
  • greg k.
    greg knaddisonMay 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the primates with your prime mate.
  • Warren S.
    Warren SmithSeptember 11, 2011
    Went late and got a lot of great pics during feeding time.
  • Jack N.
    Jack NevinNovember 30, 2014
    Such a fantastic zoo!!
  • marissa p.
    marissa powersApril 21, 2013
    i am going tomorrow so much so exited all of animal
  • Scot P.
    Scot PrzybylskiSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Members get in at 8:30. Amazing time for the animals.
  • Clinton S.
    Clinton SmithSeptember 3, 2011
    Africa's greatest predator demo is very cool. Lions up close!!!!
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MooreDecember 30, 2009
    Go to Zoo Lights, dress in warm layers, bring handwarmers, and do not use a flash when taking pictures. Read more
  • Scot P.
    Scot PrzybylskiMarch 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Blub blub. Don't miss Tropical Discovery. A fantastic underwater adventure. Read more
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MurrayJune 19, 2013
    Stop to see if the elephants are taking a shower in the waterfall!
  • Secret Garden B.
    Took my grand kids to "BOO at the ZOO" wonderful day!!!!
  • Jaime M.
    Jaime ManzanaresJuly 20, 2010
    Go super early to avoid the masses of screaming children and baby strollers.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CrumMarch 19, 2013
    2pm elephant demonstration at Toyota elephant passage
  • Tracey F.
    Tracey FlandersJune 9, 2013
    Get there early
  • maritta
    marittaAugust 25, 2014
    Ride the train. Kids go cuckoo.
  • Ashley Chris F.
    Ashley Chris FiskeJune 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the baby zebra
  • Jodi M.
    Jodi MaplesJune 17, 2011
    Best food @ Do@theZoo is back by Asian Tropics
  • Scot P.
    Scot PrzybylskiMarch 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Blub blub he said. Check out Tropical Discovery. A fine underwater adventure. Read more
  • Kira R.
    Kira RakhmetovaAugust 7, 2014
  • Michele S.
    Michele SandovalJuly 11, 2016
    Picnics and family time
  • Neil R.
    Neil RobertsonJanuary 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Say hello to the snow leopards!
  • Kathleen M.
    Kathleen MayhewMarch 6, 2011
    Stop by the Lorikeets and say "HI" to Shaina
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AndradeMarch 17, 2011
    Never feed our pet the animals here no mater how cute and cuddly they look
  • Michele S.
    Michele SandovalJuly 6, 2016
    I Password
  • Matt S.
    Matt SchmoeckelOctober 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Count the Toyota logos at Toyota Elephant Passage
  • Nick H.
    Nick HooverOctober 30, 2010
    Boo at the zoo. Great fun for my girls
  • Ron S. D.
    Ron S. DoyleFebruary 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    $1 hot dogs near the okapi and buffalo...
  • Justin R.
    Justin RossJune 17, 2010
    ...sun screen and water. Lots of it.
  • Chainsaw M.
    Chainsaw MotherFebruary 25, 2010
    Get a yearly pass it is worth every penny! Read more
  • 🌀 Tim G.
    🌀 Tim GolenMarch 12, 2011
    Bring your own food.
  • Tommy G.
    Tommy GamboaNovember 21, 2015
    Excelente lugar, 100% recomendado. Definitivamente se tiene que venir con mucho tiempo ya que es muy grande y con muchos animales. Conexión a WIFI en todo el Zoo
  • Alexis Z.
    Alexis ZaidmanJanuary 14, 2016
    Un buen lugar para visitar si uno está en Denver! Vale la pena!
  • Lester E.
    Lester EnriquezDecember 26, 2016
    Un lugar muy bonito para la familia...
  • Lester E.
    Lester EnriquezDecember 26, 2016
    Un lugar muy bonito saludable para la familia....
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