Zoos in Arizona with kids

It’s animal time in Arizona, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Arizona because The Grand Canyon State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Phoenix Zoo

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    Phoenix

    Animal fun at Phoenix Zoo, with 1,400 animals waiting to say hello. Also animal encounters, events, and camps!

  • Waterworld Safari

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    Phoenix

    Over 16 water rides and cool attractions, it's adventure, relaxation, and fun for everyone in the family. Congo River Rapids is mini water world for mini water sliders. One of the many fun family ...

  • Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

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    Camp Verde

    An amazing journey into the wonderful wildlife of Africa, without having to leave the beautiful Arizona! Lions, giraffes, black bears, zebras, hyenas....amazing animals to make your family day out ...

  • Reid Park Zoo

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    Tucson

    Come visit the Tucson zoo, and have a wild time. Meet the more than 400 animalsrhinos, elephants, anteaters, polar bears, lions, and many more! Adventure in our African, Asian, and South American ...

  • Wildlife World Zoo

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    Litchfield Park

    Wildlife World Zoo has Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals with over 2400 individual animals representing more than 400 exotic and endangered species. For nearly a quarter of a century, ...

  • Keepers of the Wild Nature Park

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    Valentine

    Visit a beautiful sanctuary that rescues, care and rehabilitate exotic and indigenous wildlife. Animal adventures for the kids in Arizona!

  • Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

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    Picacho

    Animal fun in Arizona on this working ostrich ranch. Also waiting for the kids are donkeys, goats, deer, and more!

  • Bearizona

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    Williams

    A North American wildlife park for those animal lovers in the family, where families can enjoy the wilderness and witness beautiful herds of wildlife roaming free around them - all from the safety of ...

  • Southwest Wildlife

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    Scottsdale

    A beautiful center that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured, displaced, and orphaned wildlife such as black bears, mountain lions, and Mexican gray wolves. Great for the animal loving ...

  • The Grand Canyon Deer Farm

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    Williams

    Oh Deer! A sweet and fun Deer Farm where kids don't just look at the deer, but walk among them, and touch them!

  • Sea Life Arizona

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    Tempe

    Over 5,000 creatures at this Arizona SEA LIFE aquarium, including sharks, seahorses and tropical fish, as well as a 360 degree ocean tunnel!

  • Butterfly Wonderland

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    Scottsdale

    A one of a kind experience at the LARGEST indoor butterfly pavilion in the entire USA!

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  • Makutu's Island Family Fun Center

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    Chandler

    Fun at one of Arizona's largest indoor play places, where fantasy and adventure await for kids of all ages!

  • Fiddlesticks

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    Scottsdale

    Come out and play! This 20-acre complex for family recreation includes Go-Karts, Batting Cages, Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Driving Range and a Video Arcade! Rookie Go-Karts, Dragon Kiddie Ride ...

  • Imagination Avenue

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    Phoenix

    Want to be the kid about town? You can! Imagination Avenue is a child size town complete with schools, a market, hospital, bakery....and so much more to indulge a childs imagination

  • Bounce Jungle

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    Chandler

    We are all about kids having fun, jumping, sliding and playing in the best indoor playground you have ever seen.

  • Jambo Indoor Amusement Park

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    Phoenix

    Our current Indoor Miniature Golf facility has many fun & challenging obstacles, including many jungle animals like elephant, zebra, tiger, lion, gorilla, hippo, rhino, etc. Play minigolf year-round, ...

  • Jambo Indoor Fun

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    Mesa

    Amusement park? Indoor? No way! Yes way! Imagine a 28,000 square feet climate controlled indoor amusement park with your child's favorite rides

  • My Gym Tucson

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    Tucson

    Fun classes for creative and active kids from 6 months to 13 years, where they can learn, play, develop, and make friends!

  • Jump Up

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    Yuma

    Open gym sessions for active kids who love to trampoline and tumble. Great way for kids to stay fit in Arizona!

  • Playgrounds Fun Zone

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    Glendale

    A fun 3,500 square-foot imaginative soft play facility covered in colorful animal characters with family cafe. Suitable for under 10s with designated area for toddlers.

  • Jumpstreet

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    Chandler

    The entire family (yes parents too!) can enjoy this indoor trampoline and fun center - the perfect way to have fun and stay active!

  • The Wonder Place

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    Little Rock

    Kids under 8 can use their imagination and creative role play in a space specifically designed for them.

  • Jubeelieve Indoor Playland

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    Avondale

    A fun indoor playspace in Arizona for kids up to 5 years of age, with play areas, toys, climbers, and much more for those growing kids!

  • Grand Canyon National Park

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    Flagstaff

    The infamous Grand Canyon is waiting for kids and families to be amazed by it's incredible grandeur! A great place to explore the roads, hike the trails or even get deep into the canyon itself and ...

  • Biosphere 2

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    Tucson

    This is Biosphere 2's most comprehensive tour and is available throughout the day. The admission desk will provide tour times and start locations. Because Biosphere 2 is a research facility, the ...

  • Petrified Forrest National Park

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    Holbrook

    With one of the worlds largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million ...

  • Red Stone Tours Grand Canyon and Sedona

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    Sedona

    Discover one of our planet's most awesome spectacles with our seasoned nature guides. Spot for wildlife such as: Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Desert Pronghorn, Bald Eagles and the rare and endangered ...

  • Alamo Lake State Park

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    Wenden

    offers outdoor fun, premier bass fishing, rest and relaxation. For nature lovers, spring rains bring an abundance of wild flowers and the lake environment attracts a variety of wildlife year round, ...

  • Buckskin Mountain State Park

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    Parker

    Buckskin Mountain State Park commands one of the finest views along the Parker strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam. Mountains line the river on both the Arizona and ...

  • Cattail Cover State Park

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    Lake Havasu City

    The beach, boat ramp, and 61 campsites at Cattail Cove State Park offer a broad spectrum of activities for all to enjoy. Whether you're interested in swimming, fishing or just lounging and relaxing, ...

  • Lake Havasu State Park

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    Lake Havasu

    Beaches, boat ramps, campsites, and nature trails...all waiting for the family at Lake Havasu State Park! Watersport loving families - this is your family day out in sunny Arizona!

  • Dead Horse Ranch

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    Cottonwood

    Despite its distinctive name, Dead Horse Ranch is situated amidst an abundance of life along the Verde River. A six-mile reach of the river is known as the Verde River Greenway. Its unique ...

  • Red Rock State Park

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    Sedona

    The Red Rock State Park property was acquired by the Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and the park was opened to the public in 1991. The park's 286 acres were originally part of the Smoke Trail ...

  • Slide Rock State Park

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    Sedona

    Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historical apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the ...