Zoos in Nevada with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Nevada because The Silver 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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  • Shark Reef Aquarium

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    Las Vegas

    14 exhibits allow visitors to view up-close 100 aquatic species, 15 types of sharks and a Giant Pacific Octopus.

  • Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

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    Las Vegas

    Experience an exotic, enchanting and wondrous outdoor world at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat and come face to face with white lions, white tigers, panthers, leopards, and our ...

  • Sierra Safari Zoo

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    Reno

    Visit Nevada's LARGEST zoo and the ONLY zoo in Northern Nevada, with animals from all over the world for that WILD family day out!

  • Animal Ark

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    Reno

    Animal Ark provides an ideal place to house non-releasable wildlife and allows the public a unique opportunity to view these animals in natural habitat exhibits. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary

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    Las Vegas

    Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary offers a safe haven for animals of all types. Here, you can see birds of many species, including quail, ducks, ostriches, parrots; and various animals like turtles, goats, ...

  • Southern Nevada Zoo

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    Vegas

    The Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park - the shady 3-acre park is located just 15 minutes northwest of the Las Vegas Strip. The zoo exhibits over 150 species of plants and animals (for more ...

  • The Aquarium At The Silverton

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    Las Vegas

    Need another reason to visit Las Vegas? Silverton casino has recently opened its new expansion, which houses several beautiful salt and fresh-water aquariums, which are free to the public.

  • Las Vegas Zoo

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    Las Vegas

    The zoo exhibits over 150 species of plants and animals. As the only zoo in Las Vegas and the only year-round zoo in Nevada, we work hard to fulfill our mission to educate and entertain the public by ...

  • Roos N More Zoo

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    Moapa Town

    If you have ever wanted to pet a camel or look inside a kangaroo's pouch, this is the place to be! This family fun zoo has over 160 animals to meet and greet, with something for every age!

  • The Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo

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    Las Vegas

    As well as the namesake Chilean Flamingos, the miniature islands, streams and waterfalls are home to swans, ducks, koi, and turtles.

  • Lion Habitat Ranch

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    Henderson

    A beautiful 8.5 acre range where you can experience retired MGM lions playing, and enjoying their new lives.

  • Nevada Bugs and Butterflies

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    Reno

    Hands-on experiences for kids in Nevada so they can get excited about science, the environment, and interact with real life insects - with FREE admission!

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  • Las Vegas Mini Grand Prix

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    Las Vegas

    Enjoy a Full Array of Activities! * Sprint Kart Speedway * Adult Gran Prix Cars * Go Karts * Kiddie Karts * Dive Bomber * Tornado Twister * Dragon Roller ...

  • Gamezone

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    Las Vegas

    While GameWorks is packed with a variety of popular new games like Dance Dance Revolution and Indy 500, and classics like a relaxing game of billiards or old-fashioned prize games in the Big Win ...

  • Jumper's Jungle Family Fun Center

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    Las Vegas

    A fun indoor party space and jungle jumpspace in Las Vegas, NV specializing in birthday parties and special events.

  • Flip N Out

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    Las Vegas

    Bounce houses and inflatable fun, plus 10,000 sq ft of trampolining, Warehouse Wars multi level laser tag, sports court and arcade.

  • Childs Play

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    Las Vegas

    We are an indoor play space for children and their parents. We have slides, rock walls, tunnels, bridges, a toddler area, basketball, computers and game systems for the older kids. There is free ...

  • Grand Canyon Sky Walk

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    Las Vegas

    Just like an eagle is able to fly across the grand canyon this tour allows you take the same view. This glass bridge suspends more than 4000ft above the Colorado River and stretches out 70ft from the ...

  • The Botanical Gardens

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    Las Vegas

    An impressive and visually stunning family ramble, past landscaping and water features to artful structures such as gazebos and bridges, significantly changed with every season. Live music every ...

  • Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

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    North Las Vegas

    Take off from Las Vegas Airport on an exhilarating helicopter flight to one of Mother Nature's greatest achievements - The Grand Canyon. Discover the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon as your ...

  • Lake Mead National recreation Area

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    Boulder City

    Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round. Its huge lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, ...

  • Floyd Lamb State Park

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    Las Vegas

    is an 8 km park centred around a series of small lakes that formed an oasis in this part of the Mojave Desert. Enjoy fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and an education centre with an insight into ...

  • Dayton State Park

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    Dayton

    Dayton State Park is located in the town of Dayton, one of Nevada's first permanent settlements. The Carson River flows through the park and offers fishing and bird watching. The Rock Point Mill, ...

  • Lake Tahoe State Park

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    Incline Village

    A beautiful natural oasis for the family to explore in Nevada! Great outdoor family adventures with Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, with trails to hike and bike, fishing, and camping.

  • Mormon Station State Historic Park

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    Genoa

    Mormon Station is the site of Nevada's first permanent nonnative settlement. A replica of the original trading post built in 1851 houses a small museum with relics of pioneer days. Picnic and group ...

  • Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

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    Genoa

    The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is one of Carson Valley's first and largest ranches. The ranch was home to German immigrant Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg who founded the site in 1857. A local ...

  • Washoe Lake State Park

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    Carson City

    A great family fun outdoor adventure in Nevada, with wildlife, water sports, hiking and camping! A beautiful State Park in the heart of Washoe Valley.

  • Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

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    Austin

    The park is open all year but extreme winter weather may prohibit travel. Nestled at 7,000 feet on the scenic western slope of central Nevada's Shoshone mountain range, the park provides a vast array ...

  • Belmont Courthouse State Historic Park

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    Fallon

    Built in 1876, the Belmont Courthouse was the seat of Nye County government until 1905. The building is partially restored and offers a glimpse into Nevada's colorful past. Belmont Courhouse, ...

  • Fort Churchill State Historic Park

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    Silver Springs

    Fort Churchill was once an active U.S. Army fort. Built in 1861 to provide protection for early settlers. It was abandoned nine years later, and today the ruins are preserved in a state of arrested ...

  • Lahontan State Recreation Area

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    Fallon

    Lahontan State Recreation Area is located on the Carson River, 18 miles west of Fallon and 45 miles northeast of Nevada's Capital, Carson City, via U.S. Highway 50. The Reno-Sparks metropolitan area ...

  • Walker Lake

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    Fallon

    Walker Lake is one of the last remnants of an ancient inland sea which covered much of western Nevada nearly 10,000 years ago. Visitors enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking, plus ...

  • Rye Patch State Recreation Area

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    Lovelock

    Rye Patch Reservoir, along the Humboldt River, covers 11,000 acres when full. Here, visitors enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing, camping, and picnicking. A campground, boat launch and picnic sites ...

  • South Fork State Recreation Area

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    Spring Creek

    South Fork Reservoir covers 1,650 acres and is surrounded by 2,200 acres of wildlife-filled meadow lands and rolling hills. It is popular for hunting, camping, boating, picnicking, winter sports and ...

  • Wild Horse State Recreation Area

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    Elko

    Wild Horse State Recreation Area is located on the northeast shore of Wild Horse Reservoir. The 140 acre recreation area is an excellent focal point when visiting Wild Horse. Visitors to the area ...