Zoos in PHOENIX with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Phoenix 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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  • Phoenix Zoo

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    (7 miles) Phoenix

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

  • Sea Life Arizona

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    (8 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!

  • Butterfly Wonderland

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    (14 miles) Scottsdale

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

  • Wildlife World Zoo

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    (21 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, ...

  • Southwest Wildlife

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    (27 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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    (69 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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    (81 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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  • Imagination Avenue

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    (10 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

  • Jambo Indoor Amusement Park

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    (11 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!

  • Makutu's Island Family Fun Center

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    (11 miles) Chandler

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

  • 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!

  • Jumpstreet

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    (16 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!

  • Playgrounds Fun Zone

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    (17 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.

  • My Gym Tucson

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    (100 miles) Tucson

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

  • Desert Botanical Garden

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    (7 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.

  • Thunderbird Conservation Park

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    (18 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.

  • San Tan Mountain Regional Park

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    (32 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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    (34 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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    (54 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, ...

  • Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

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    (69 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 ...

  • Dead Horse Ranch

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    (90 miles) 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 ...

  • Biosphere 2

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    (94 miles) 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 ...

  • Red Rock State Park

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    (95 miles) 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 ...

  • Catalina State Park

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    (97 miles) Tucson

    More than an incredible State Park, this piece of Arizona nature also offers hiking, camping, horseback riding, concerts and family programs! A great way to get back to nature for your Tucson family ...

  • Red Stone Tours Grand Canyon and Sedona

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    (99 miles) 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 ...

  • Big Surf

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    (9 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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    (14 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!

  • Wet N Wild Phoenix

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    (18 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!

  • 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!

  • Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center

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    (24 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!

  • Buckeye Aquatic Center

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    (30 miles) Buckeye

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

  • Breakers Waterpark

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    (89 miles) Marana

    Over 1.3 million gallons of water park excitement with the largest wave pool in Arizona! Cool off with the family at this fun water attraction!

  • Great Arizona Puppet Theater

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    (1 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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    (7 miles) Tempe

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

  • Challenger Space Centre

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    (18 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 ...