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Denver Zoo, Denver

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The first natural-style zoo in North America, Denver Zoo is home to 3,800 animals of more than 650 species. Look for features like bear mountain and the largest gorilla enclosure in the world (where you might find gorillas are napping in their hammocks). In the zoo's open aviaries, walk among exotic birds and even some two-toed sloths. To really get up close to the animals, head to the giraffe enclosure, where you can feed these gentle giants some lettuce. Check the daily schedule for wildlife presentations. Put Denver Zoo on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Denver travel planner.
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  • We’ve put to a good amount of city zoos and would put this zoo at the top of our list. The zoo was in an easy to get to location right outside of downtown. The paths were clearly marked, which made... 
    We’ve put to a good amount of city zoos and would put this zoo at the top of our list. The zoo was in an easy to get to location right outside of downtown. The paths were clearly marked, which made...  more »
  • We booked online. Not sure if you can buy a ticket when you get there. So plan ahead. It's a nice place to walk around with kids and adults alike. We went with a group of 4 adults just to walk... 
    We booked online. Not sure if you can buy a ticket when you get there. So plan ahead. It's a nice place to walk around with kids and adults alike. We went with a group of 4 adults just to walk...  more »
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  • The Zoo is such a blast. One of the most fun things you can do in the Denver Metro Area. Buy your tickets early and plan ahead because they sell tickets by arrival times and if you want to come at a certain time, the tickets could be sold out for that particular time. This zoo has a number of really great attractions and fun animal exhibits. Two brand new ones are the sloth exhibit and the sting ray exhibit. I was disappointed to see that you have to pay an extra three dollars per person to see the sting rays. That’s unfortunate, and I feel like it’s unnecessary to make people pay extra when they’ve already paid to get in the zoo. My favorites are the Hippopotamus and the Rhinos. I also really liked the Elephants. If you go during mid summer, it can be really hot, and the animals will want to retreat into the shade and their dwellings during the heat of the day. I recommend going as early as possible in the morning, or perhaps later in the evening, so you can see the animals when they’re more active. We’ve also gone to the zoo later in the fall, when it’s cooler, and the animals seem more active at these times. If you do go in the middle of the summer, bring bottled water or a hydro flask, because in the heat it can be very easy to undergo dehydration very quickly. Also wear sunblock and a hat for your safety
  • We came here for my husbands birthday when we were visiting Denver. We are kids at heart. We had a blast! Very fun animals, good exhibits and general layout. We loved all of the monkeys. This zoo also had the best zoo food I have ever had! It was unique, tasty, and fresh! Definitely recommend checking it out.

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