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Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

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#2 of 15 in Parks in Des Moines
Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
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Explore a 9 hectare (22 acre) zoo with more than 800 animals, ranging from red pandas to giraffes to scorpions when you visit Blank Park Zoo. Head to the Meredith Alpine exhibit to see red pandas or the free-range aviary to see birds, including peacocks and parrots. Explore the cave exhibit for nocturnal animals and reptiles, such as bats, emperor scorpions, and boa constrictors. You'll also find an aquarium, African boardwalk, Australian adventure, big cat section, harbor pavilion, and a miscellaneous section with animals such as penguins. In the Kid Kingdom, children can crawl through simulated prairie dog tunnels, then pet, feed, or ride various animals. Work out when and for how long to visit Blank Park Zoo and other Des Moines attractions using our handy Des Moines trip maker app.
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TripAdvisor
  • Kids really enjoyed this zoo. was very busy with school groups when we were there, but not overly crowded. Nice assortment of animals and easy to walk. 
    Kids really enjoyed this zoo. was very busy with school groups when we were there, but not overly crowded. Nice assortment of animals and easy to walk.  more »
  • Decided to get out of the city on a day off work that lined up with the kids being out of school. After skimming suggestions on TripAdvisor we settled on the zoo. It was bigger than I expected, but... 
    Decided to get out of the city on a day off work that lined up with the kids being out of school. After skimming suggestions on TripAdvisor we settled on the zoo. It was bigger than I expected, but...  more »
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  • It is very clean and has lots of animals to keep the kids busy
  • Even though several attractions were closed due to the pandemic (no giraffe feeding was a big disappointment for me personally), we had an excellent time. The animals seem well cared for. It's a small zoo but well-maintained and has lots of great animals.

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