Zoos in BOULDER with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Boulder because this The Centennial State city 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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  • Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center

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    (14 miles) Westminister

    Butterflies, both tropical and local, are their specialty! The Tropical Conservatory is home to thousands of butterflies from around the globe.

  • Downtown Aquarium

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    (23 miles) Denver

    A great aquarium experience, but with the option of dining in their restaurant - which is like being underwater! A very fun experience!

  • Denver Zoo

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    (25 miles) Denver

    Over 4,000 animals for kids to learn about at Denver Zoo, that aims to create a better world for the animals through human understanding, with feedings, shows and more!

  • Zippity Zoo Barnyard

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    (29 miles) Loveland

    Who's ready for barnyard fun!? Farm animals, tasty foods and family friendly fun await you at this working farm!

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  • Gateway Park Fun Center

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    (3 miles) Boulder

    An all weather amusement center that has go karts, mini golf, batting cages, golf driving range, human maze, indoor arcade and is a great place for birthday parties and family outings for kids of all ...

  • Jumpin Jordys

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    (15 miles) Westminster

    Offer a range of exciting inflatables from slides and mazes to assualt courses and bounce houses for kids under 9 to entertain, exercise and exhaust themselves on.

  • Monkey Bizness

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    (15 miles) Westminster

    Indoor fun for active kids under 8 years, with inflatables, jungle gyms, play structures and even a dedicated toddler area! Great fun in Westminster for little ones!

  • Boondocks Food and Fun

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    (17 miles) Northglenn

    Miniature Golf, Go-Karts, Slick Track, Rookie Track, Bumper Boats, a 20 lane Bowling Center, Laser Tag, Huge Arcade and Prize Center, plus Kiddie Cove play zone.

  • Jumpoline Park

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    (33 miles) Aurora

    Bounce the day away at the largest trampoline family fun center in Colorado!

  • Monkey Bizness

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    (36 miles) Centennial

    Indoor play fun in Colorado for those under 10 years, with a toddler area, inflatables, bouncers, jungle gym, birthday parties and more!

  • Cool Beans Playhouse and Cafe

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    (37 miles) Fort Collins

    A fun and creativity indoor play center for kids in Colorado, with sensory games, quiet areas and a great café for parents.

  • Monkey Bizness

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    (43 miles) Parker

    Fun open play in Parker for kids up to 8 years, with play structures, jungle gyms, inflatables, toddler areas, and more!

  • Denver City Park

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    (25 miles) Denver

    Denver's premier park is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor play, lakes, museums, a zoo, historical monuments and picnic sites!

  • Denver Botanic Gardens York St

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    (26 miles) Denver

    Dig, explore and play at one of the top five botanic gardens in the country! Acres ready for outdoor fun, and even a 3-acre garden just for them.

  • Aurora Reservoir

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    (42 miles) Aurora

    800 acres of water surface to play on, with boating, fishing, and SCUBA diving, as well as cycling, wildlife, and a swim beach!

  • The Paint Mines Interpretive Park

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    (87 miles) Calhan

    Rich social, natural and geological histories for kids to learn about, with surreal and diverse landscapes of Colorado to marvel at!

  • Water World

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    (18 miles) Federal Heights

    42 amazing attractions in this splash-tastic water park - one of the biggest in the country! Get ready for a very wet family day out in Colorado!

  • Water Ways

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    (24 miles) Julian

    Water park fun for kids of all ages, as well as a cool 18 hole mini golf course and picnic spots!

  • Family FunPlex

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    (38 miles) Greeley

    Fully equipped water park with slides and features, water balloon battle ground, park with playground, miniature golf, game zone and more! An absolutely full day out, if you have the energy to do it ...

  • FatCats

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    (14 miles) Westminster

    Tenpin Bowling, Laser Maze, Glow in the Dark Pirate themed mini golf and Water Walker plus extensive arcade.

  • Adventure Golf and Raceway

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    (15 miles) Westminster

    Three of the most incredible, most unique and beautifully landscaped, 18-hole miniature golf courses in the country! Then get behind the wheel of real NASCAR-themed electric go-karts designed for ...

  • Putting Edge

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    (20 miles) Lakewood

    Glow in the dark mini golf fun in Lakewood where you can have an out of this world experience!

  • Casa Bonita

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    (22 miles) Lakewood

    Great Mexican food PLUS over 30 attractions - cliff divers, escaping gorillas, cowboy shootouts, lost caves and caverns, amusement arcade and more.

  • Heritage Square

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    (22 miles) Golden

    Heritage Square is a unique amusement park, theater, and shopping village with delightful Victorian architecture -- a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy great fun and ...

  • MetroDemic Scavenger Hunts

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    (23 miles) Denver

    Save the city of Denver from an epidemic with this fun online scavenger hunt, where you find the locations and answer questions to save the day!

  • Ride A Kart

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    (28 miles) Estes Park

    Ride-A-Kart has been Estes Park's Premiere Family Entertainment Center for nearly 50 years. We are located in Estes Park Colorado at the entrance and gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. ...

  • Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park

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    (31 miles) Fraser

    Incredible dog experiences with cute huskies and sled rides over winter, and other experiences over summer! All ages are welcome! Family fun in Colorado!

  • 12 Mile Stables

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    (37 miles) Aurora

    Trail rides, sunset rides, hay rides, day camps, riding lessons...it's all things horse and wilderness at this horse loving stable in Aurora, Colorado!

  • Lollipop Park

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    (37 miles) Centennial

    Indoor Kids Amusement Park! Adults ride for free! Horse Carousel, 35 foot tall Ferris Wheel, Teacup Ride, Train Ride, Swing Ride, air bounce & more!

  • The Greeley Family FunPlex

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    (38 miles) Greeley

    Indoor water park, outdoor mini golf, sports arena and surrounding parkland offers huge adventure playground and a variety of interesting walking terrains.

  • The Farm at Lee Martinez Park

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    (41 miles) Fort Collins

    Fun and interactive farmyard experience with plenty of friendly animal contact as well as an agricultural lesson. There is also a museum, and hay and pony rides too!

  • Lakeside Amusement Park

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    (20 miles) Denver

    A great family friendly amusement park right on a picturesque lake (with great mountain views!), there are rides for kids of all ages, which always makes for a amazing family day out! Life's a roller ...

  • Elitch Gardens

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    (23 miles) Denver

    Family theme park fun in Colorado with Glitch Gardens - a theme park AND water park with attractions and excitement for all ages!

  • Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours

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    (24 miles) Denver

    Fun tours in Denver and Colorado on the very cool Banjo Billy's Bus!

  • Leanin Tree Museum of Western Art

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    (5 miles) Boulder

    Come sit on the bronze donkey, or bronze saddle in our Outdoor Sculpture Garden. Come inside to see all the crazy cowboy humor inside the Museum. Both are FREE.