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Blank Park Zoo

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Address: 7401 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone Number:
+1 515-285-4722
Today
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A wide variety of animals are housed in natural settings at this 30-acre,...

A wide variety of animals are housed in natural settings at this 30-acre, relatively small zoo, dedicated to caring for the over 800 animals, educating the public about different species, and generating fun experiences for children, such as crawling through simulated prairie dog tunnels and feeding, petting and riding animals. Open 9 am - 5 pm, May 1 - Sept 30. Open 10 am - 4 pm, October 1 - April 30.

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This may be a smaller zoo but it is well worth a visit. It has undergone expansion and updating recently. There is an African area, a train ride and even a carousel. The animals... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Blank Park Zoo is an amazing zoo. There are just enough animals that kids can really enjoy them all without being overwhelmed.

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Thank CASSIE C
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a very small zoo I'm sure it's good for the small children as everything seems much larger to them. As for teenagers and adults id recommend probably somewhere different. The last 3 times going there less than half the animals where out and like I said place is very small so it wasn't very enjoyable. Staff is always friendly... More 

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Thank Brian H
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This may be a smaller zoo but it is well worth a visit. It has undergone expansion and updating recently. There is an African area, a train ride and even a carousel. The animals can be viewed up close and you can purchase refreshments as well as visit the gift shop for last minute gifts.

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Thank Gigi7810-4188
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Love the Blank Park Zoo. It's small but not too small. It's very clean, animals are well cared for and have beautiful exhibits. This zoo offers many community events for all ages. Their gift shop is wonderful and the onsite dining is a nice option if you plan to spend a full day at the zoo. Highly recommend the zoo... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The animals are well cared, children can sustain the nice size, and wonderful educational offerings!

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Thank Becci W
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I had an incredible experience with our two year old grandson. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The zoo is just the perfect size. We saw everything in a couple hours and look forward to our next visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a really great zoo. They are continually making changes to benefit the animals and the learning experiences of the people that visit. I would highly recommend not only the zoo but the summer day camps as well.

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Thank KMS07
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's definitely not the best zoo I've ever been to, but Des Moines does a really good job with what they have. I love the programs and promotions that they put on during the summer. I attended the "Zoo Brew" event with my friends several times. We enjoyed being able to enjoy the animals without the worry of blocking a... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been members of the zoo for the past few years, and my kids have always had a great time. While it's definitely smaller than other larger city zoos, the staff does a good job keeping the the condition of the zoo in top notch shape.

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Altoona, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been here many times. It is a small zoo comparaded to Omaha or Kansas City. But, the buildings are well laid out with good displays of the animals it has. The administrator Siobhan price is reasonable. This zoo has a good gift shop. The last few years I gave gone to the Zoo Brew events where adults are... More 

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