Blank Park Zoo

Des Moines, IA

Where are we going?

Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th St
Des Moines
IA 50315


What is there to do?

Have you ever seen an African Lion up close, or tried to reach the heights of a giraffe?

At Blank Park Zoo you can do just that and so much more in this WILD family day out in Iowa!

Blank Park Zoo features a host of amazing animals for the kids to learn about, explore, and enjoy! They can learn all about the life expectancy of the Aldabra Tortoise, or see the adorable Golden-headed Tamarin up close.

Kids can watch the suited penguins play, or hear those playful Sea Lions cheer!

Blank Park Zoo is also a great way for kids to learn all about conservation, especially with species such as the Eastern Black Rhino. It's family fun and learning all in one!

It's not just animals at this adorable zoo that kids can experience. In season, they can take to the tracks on the train, or watch the world go by from the carousel!

Have you ever enjoyed a camel ride? Well, you don't have to go to the desert to do that anymore - not at Blank Park Zoo!

Families can really enjoy that animal experience with the animal feeding sessions, where you can hand feed giraffes, fish, and even ostrich by hand! How fun is that!

Don't miss those fun events held at the zoo across the year either, including Halloween and Easter events that will entertain all, animal days, and more!

Are you ready for a WILD family day out at Blank Park Zoo? The animals are waiting to say hi, so let's go!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $14

Children: $8 (ages 3 - 12)

Discount: Seniors $9

Free Under: 2 years


Need a little extra help?

You can rent wheelchairs, and the zoo is accessible so everyone is welcome!


When can we go?

9am - 5pm May to Sept. 10am - 4pm rest of year

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Jan 1


Any top tips?

When you arrive, check what the animal feeding times are so you can plan your day around them!

I’m Hungry!

Concessions inside the zoo are run by Johnny's Italian Steakhouse and open April to Sept.

Healthy Eating

If you want to bring your own food, there is a picnic ground at Blank Park, just north of the parking lot. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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