Zoos in BUCKEYE with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Buckeye because this The Grand Canyon 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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  • Wildlife World Zoo

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    (16 miles) 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, ...

  • Sea Life Arizona

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    (36 miles) 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!

  • Phoenix Zoo

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    (37 miles) Phoenix

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

  • Butterfly Wonderland

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    (43 miles) Scottsdale

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

  • Southwest Wildlife

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    (54 miles) 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 ...

  • Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

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    (86 miles) Picacho

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

  • Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

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    (94 miles) 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 ...

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  • Jubeelieve Indoor Playland

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    (15 miles) 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!

  • Playgrounds Fun Zone

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    (28 miles) 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.

  • Imagination Avenue

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    (36 miles) 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

  • Makutu's Island Family Fun Center

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    (36 miles) Chandler

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

  • Jambo Indoor Amusement Park

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    (36 miles) Phoenix

    A super fun indoor amusement park with flying elephants, jungle swings, safari trains, pirate laser tag, wildlife mini golf and so much more!

  • Jumpstreet

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    (43 miles) Chandler

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

  • Thunderbird Conservation Park

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    (32 miles) Glendale

    An amazing 1,185 acre park in Glendale, dedicated to preserving the desert environment. With trails and wildlife for those outdoor loving families.

  • Desert Botanical Garden

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    (37 miles) Phoenix

    Take the kids to the desert with the Desert Botanical Garden - a living museum featuring more than 50,000 plants, where the can even encounter rare, threatened and endangered species.

  • San Tan Mountain Regional Park

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    (57 miles) Queen Creek

    10,000 acres of beautiful lower Sonoran Desert, with hiking, wildlife, and a visitors center

  • Lost Dutchman State Park

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    (64 miles) Apache Junction

    The park is located 5 mi. north of Apache Junction, off of AZ 88 (the old Apache Trail), at the base of the Superstition Mountains.

  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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    (82 miles) Superior

    Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, ...

  • Alamo Lake State Park

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    (84 miles) 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, ...

  • Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

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    (94 miles) Payson

    Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge has been in the making for thousands of years. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in ...

  • Buckeye Aquatic Center

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    Buckeye

    The aquatic center features a twisty slide, 2 fountain play areas, a zero-depth pool and diving board.

  • Surprise Aquatic Center

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    (21 miles) Surprise

    Fabulous water park with both flume and tunnel slides, vortex whirlpool, diving well and boards, and a zero depth water play area for the little ones!

  • Wet N Wild Phoenix

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    (34 miles) Glendale

    Slides, river, surfing, tubes, and tunnels - get ready for family water fun at Wet n Wild Phoenix! A VERY cool family day out option in Arizona!

  • Big Surf

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    (39 miles) Tempe

    Body slides, tube slides, and even water basketball at this very fun family friendly water park - perfect for those water loving kids in Tempe! Enjoy your splashing family day out!

  • Mesa Golfland Sunsplash

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    (43 miles) Mesa

    Water fun in Mesa with thrill slides, family slides and gentler options for those smaller kids. There is even mini golf, lazer tag, indoor play, raceway and dry rides!

  • Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center

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    (49 miles) Chandler

    Features include 2 Water Slides, Lazy River flotation ride, Water Vortex, Interactive Play Pool with Beach Entry, Toddler Slides and a simply enormous dumping bucket!

  • Challenger Space Centre

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    (29 miles) Peoria

    The Mission of the Challenger Space Center is to inspire, excite and educate people of all ages about the mysteries and wonders of space, science and the universe in which we live. Great idea if ...

  • Great Arizona Puppet Theater

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    (30 miles) Phoenix

    With top quality puppet shows ranging from the classics like Cinderella and Goldilocks to more unusual fare such as 'The Princess, the Unicorn, and the Smelly Foot Troll', you're bound to find ...

  • Childsplay

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    (37 miles) Tempe

    Arizonas Strikingly Original Theatre for Young Audiences. Childsplay welcomes you to its 360 degree theatre experiencesâ

  • Goldfield Ghost Town

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    (63 miles) Goldfield

    Come and visit Goldfield Ghost Town today! Walk down Main Street, explore the many shops and historic buildings. Tour the historic Mammoth Gold Mine and visit the Goldfield Museum. Pan for gold then ...

  • Corral West Horse Adventures

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    (12 miles) Goodyear

    Fun, family-friendly guided horseback trail rides through Estrella Mountain Regional Park. You can add to the fun as you dress up in our boots, hats, & chaps. So don't horse around, mount up and ...

  • Tolmachoff Farms

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    (23 miles) Glendale

    A unique four generation family farm in Glendale, Arizona, with corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and petting zoos....just to name some of the farm fun!

  • Arizona Science Center

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    (30 miles) Phoenix

    Science AND fun at this Arizona Science Center, with exploration, and education for all ages. Four levels of hands-on exhibits, a planetarium and an IMAX theatre.

  • Sport Zone Park Family Fun Center

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    (33 miles) Aurora

    Experience the challenge of the 18-hole inspired falls mini golf as it wraps its way around magnificent waterfalls that dot the course. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking ...

  • Cowtown

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    (34 miles) Peoria

    Be a Cowboy! Experience cowboy life adventures at Cowtown, AZ. Wild West location includes Old West Town, Team-Building Course, Horseback Riding, Paintball Combat Zone and Cowboy Games. One of the ...