Zoos in Colorado with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Colorado because The Centennial 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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  • Denver Zoo

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    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!

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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    Colorado Springs

    America's ONLY mountain zoo is ready and waiting for your family to explore it! This great Colorado zoo has hundreds of animals in a stunning setting. Perfect for a sweet, fascinating, and ...

  • Downtown Aquarium

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    Denver

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

  • Pueblo Zoo

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    Pueblo

    Animal fun in Colorado at this small friendly zoo with over 400 animals, 120 species and lots of close up encounters!

  • Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center

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    Westminister

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

  • Zippity Zoo Barnyard

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    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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  • Monkey Bizness

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    Colorado Springs

    Fun indoor play for kids up to 8 years, with open play, fun inflatables, jungle gyms, toddler areas, birthday parties, and more!

  • Gateway Park Fun Center

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    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 ...

  • Cool Beans Playhouse and Cafe

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    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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    Parker

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

  • Colorado Springs House Of Bounce

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    Colorado Springs

    Kids can bounce away with over 9,000 sq ft of inflatable fun in Colorado Springs!

  • Jump n Jacks Inflatable Fun

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    Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs largest indoor jump facility. 17,500 square feet of pure fun and active play for the kids! 7 huge inflatables featuring a 65 foot Obstacle Course, 20 Foot Wavy slide, a Pirate Ship ...

  • Jumpin Jordys

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    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.

  • Boondocks Food and Fun

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    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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    Aurora

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

  • Monkey Bizness

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    Centennial

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

  • Monkey Bizness

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    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!

  • Fun 4 Kidz Playground

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    Colorado Springs

    Play time for kids in this indoor playground in Citadel Mall, Colorado Springs, with colorful and fun play structures for younger kids.

  • Dinosaur National Monument

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    Dinosaur

    An amazing look into the dinosaur past, with remains still lying where they once roamed. Kids can discover fragments of a lost world among the deep canyons, desert, and mountains.

  • Royal Gorge Bridge And Park

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    Canon City

    Visit Colorado's Natural Wonder where looking UP is just as incredible as looking DOWN! Rides, attractions, and America's highest suspension bridge!

  • Great Sand Dunes

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    Mosca

    Explore the tallest dunes in North America! Whether hiking, sliding, exploring in a dunes wheelchair - or simply playing - the Great Sand Dunes are a unique wilderness area protected for all to ...

  • Denver Botanic Gardens York St

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    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.

  • Black Canyon Of The Gunnison

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    Gunnison

    The Black Canyon of the Gunnisons unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock scouring down through hard Proterozoic crystalline rock. No other canyon in ...

  • Crow Canyon Archeological Center

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    Cortez

    The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, located in southwestern Colorado, is dedicated to understanding, teaching, and preserving the rich history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians (also called the ...

  • Garden Of The Gods

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    Colorado Springs

    A beautiful day out in the Colorado nature, both educational and active for the entire family, especially the kids.

  • Pikes Peak

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    Cascade

    The most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world, Pikes Peak is a stunning experience for the whole family in Colorado. Great drives, amazing biking trails ...

  • Seven Falls

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    Colorado Springs

    Feed the rainbow trout, View wildlife throughout the canyon, Climb the two sets of stairs, Use viewers for spectacular scenes from the Eagles Nest, Enjoy numerous educational exhibits, Walk the two ...

  • The Paint Mines Interpretive Park

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    Calhan

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

  • Mesa Verde National Park

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    Mesa Verde

    An amazing UNESCO historical site in Colorado with 600 cliff dwellings, dating from AD 600. A fascinating look into history for the family day out!

  • Denver City Park

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    Denver

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

  • Aurora Reservoir

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    Aurora

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

  • Water World

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    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!

  • Family FunPlex

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    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 ...

  • Heritage Square

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    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 ...

  • Casa Bonita

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    Lakewood

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