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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.
Blank Park Zoo reviews
Been here plenty of times since I live in Des Moines, always fun to go. Plenty of animals but not so big to make you feel overwhelmed.
Been here plenty of times since I live in Des Moines, always fun to go. Plenty of animals but not so big to make you feel overwhelmed. more »
Always love going here with family or just alone. Every one needs to go at least one time. Even if it's the zoo brew. Still a fun time. Can't wait to see what they do next
Always love going here with family or just alone. Every one needs to go at least one time. Even if it's the zoo brew. Still a fun time. Can't wait to see what they do next more »
Went on a Tuesday, and not crowded at all. Easy to park, enter and get around. Could see it perfect for strollers or even wheelchairs. Great for toddlers, and younger children. We enjoyed seeing the giraffes and lions most of all. Staff was very friendly in the gift shop and as we excited. Very clean park overall. From the restrooms to the walking paths.
This is a nice little zoo that you can easily take in over the course of a couple hours. We went in when it opened, saw pretty much everything, ate a picnic lunch outside the zoo, and then went back in for the sea lion show before ending our time there. The zoo keeper woman we talked to after the sea lion show was excited to answer our questions and a joy to talk to. We didn't do everything there is to do (feed the giraffes, play on the playground, ride the train), so you could do more than we did and easily stay longer (and spend more money). It's certainly worth a trip, especially if you are either in the area or live nearby.
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