Denver Zoo Denver
Where are we going today?
There is SO much to be learnt from animals, and so much to learn about animals, that when you visit a place like Denver Zoo, kids will really come back with some invaluable insights into the world!
Denver Zoo has over 4,000 animals that represent over 750 species from all around the world. You don't even have to get on a plane to discover the wonders of African, or the magic of Asia - really, the animal world has come to YOU!
Denver Zoo has weird and wonderful mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, and even plants that can show you how diverse our planet really is. Kids can come face to face with their favorites, and even meet some creatures they had no idea existed!
Have you ever seen a Malayan Tapir before, or heard of a Capybara? The zoo is also dedicated to wildlife conservation, so when kids meet creatures such as teh ASian Elephant or the Western Lowland gorilla, they can really understand why we need to look after our beautiful wildlife!
There are adorable Aye-Aye's to meet, and Harbor Seals to watch. From the common warthog, to the grand South African Lion and the Siberian Tiger, kids can see creatures of all sizes, shapes and colors.
You might even spot some babies too!
Denver Zoo has daily feedings and showtimes, which are great for the kids to learn even more about the animals. They can watch the llamas and penguins being fed, or watch the elephant demonstrations. You can even learn what it takes behind the scenes to really work with lions and wild dogs!
A WILD family day out in Colorado's capital, where the animals of the world to show you all about them!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$13 (winter), $17 (summer)
- Children$9 (winter), $12 (summer) - Ages 3-11
- Free Under: 2 years
When can we go?
9am - 5pm. (10am - 4pm winter)
Group discounts are available for over 20 people, and they also have guided tours for school groups - just give them a call!.
From food trucks to dippin dots, popcorn, a smokehouse and a cafe, there is PLENTY to eat at the zoo! If you love BBQ - it's definitely your day!.
There are healthy options such as salads and sandwiches in the Samburu Grille..
Any Top Tips?
There are FREE days across the year, so why not take advantage - they love to give everyone a chance to visit the zoo!.
Doing our bit
Conservation is at the heart of what the zoo strives for, and they support over 600 projects both in the wild and in the zoo to protect animals and their ecosystems.
Need a little extra help?
The zoo is accessible and wheelchairs are available for rent.
They have family restrooms across the zoo where mothers can nurse in private.
Can I get one of those?
There are a number of places to pick up apparel toys, gifts and more!.
Zoo Lights run from early December to early January, and there is a different admission and opening time (9:30am - 5pm). For the rest of the year, the grounds close 60 minutes after the gates shut. Train and carousel has a small additional admission.
What people are saying?
by Amanda Helseth
My experience here was depressing. I was skeptical about going to the zoo because of their horrible treatment of animals, and after my visit to the Denver Zoo I am sure that I will never go to one again. Their treatment of the animals was despicable. They use fear training in the shows although throughout them they try to reassure you that the animals are doing everything by their own will. The enclosures (some basically cages) were of inadequate size. NEVER again.
by Melissa Dangler
What a horrible experience. I have been to many zoos and safaris and have come to expect that these very large, very wild animals should have a healthy, happy, and spacious area to roam. The enclosures at this zoo were far below subpar. It was inhumane. I only stayed for about twenty minutes...just enough time to see that half the animals were cowering in a corner and the other half were desperate to escape. There was no room for them to live and in any spot in the zoo you could hear all the noises of the city. I feel terrible having given any money...Read More
by Derek Sanders
The Denver Zoo is a heaven for kids. Not only is everything organized and easy to find, our daughter had such a great time and didn't want to leave.
If you have kids and are in need of a fun activity, the zoo is perfect for both kids and adults. While your there, definitely take a ride on the train and the carousel!
by Laura Griffith
Very nice zoo - fun for the whole family. Considering how many people come thru, it was very clean. Lots of shade, grassy areas for picnics
Our son loved it! Next year we will be buying a membership.
by Ana Pacheco
Its been soooo fun. I love the service and all of the animals. Its my best experience yet. I love the denver zoo!!!!
by Melissa Dangler
What a horrible experience. I have been to many zoos and safaris and have come to expect that these very large, very wild animals should have a healthy, happy, and spacious area to roam. The enclosures at this zoo were far below subpar. It was inhumane. I only stayed for about twenty minutes...just enough time to see that half the animals were cowering in a corner and the other half were desperate to escape. There was no room for them to live and in any spot in the zoo you could hear all the noises of the city. I feel terrible having given any money to this establishment would have liked a refund had that been an option. This zoo would be greatly improved by reducing the number of animals to an amount that can be sustained on its land, or being relocated outside the city. Denver Zoo should be shut down for its shameful treatment of life.
If you're a Colorado resident, or have the time...go to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg. Same price, and a far better experience. You'll also know that your money is going towards helping the animals.