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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
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Conveniently located on the south end of Des Moines just 5 minutes from the airport. Very easily accessible right off of Army Post Road about half way between Fleur Dr. and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Marvin J
Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Conveniently located on the south end of Des Moines just 5 minutes from the airport. Very easily accessible right off of Army Post Road about half way between Fleur Dr. and University Ave.

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I attended Zoo Brew at the Blank Park Zoo, an adult event where you could try different kinds of beer and purchase them. A band was playing too. People can visit the zoo during this time. There weren't any tables or chairs by the band but many listened to them. It's a good event for adults only.... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is not very big, but it is well laid out & nice. It is clear that everyone takes pride in presenting a good zoo; I saw someone wiping off an animal description sign. Baby Rhino stole the show !! Wished there were more amenities open, but I understand that this is a slow time for the zoo & money... More 

Thank Shaun J
Marshalltown, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The baby Rhino was a hit with me. The loan program is amazing. I have always enjoyed the zoo now celebrating 50 years. It is growing with exhibits and activities for all to enjoy. The cats the sea lions giraffes the monkeys. I like the indoor bird exhibits with the rain forest. An enjoyable walk thru the exhibits but also... More 

Thank Linda C
Des Moines, IA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Our family always enjoys visiting Blank Park Zoo for Night Eyes. It's really fun seeing all the kids dressed up in their costumes and also getting a little candy from all the sponsor stations. Don't expect to see all the animals this time of year. Only about half of them are on display. We enjoyed seeing the goats (petting zoo... More 

Thank JennioDesMoines
Quad Cities USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Smaller than I expected, but good displays perfect for younger children. Monkeys and giraffes were interesting and entertaining. Sea lions are the stars; housed in a nice venue that provides clear views of these playful creatures.Not in the most convenient !ocation, it would be a bit difficult to find without Google Maps (or similar). Go in the morning and enjoy... More 

Thank blandboy
Central Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We took a granddaughter for a visit this summer and had a wonderful day. This zoo is a great size for kids. Lots ro do and see, but not overwhelming. And they just announced their newest arrival -- baby black rhino!

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Aberdeen, South Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We went to the zoo during fall, which we've never done before, but thought it would be a good few hours for my toddler. It was decorated beautifully - so Halloween/fall like. The girl at the front desk that helped us was so passionate about her job, and told us all about the giraffes. It was a wonderful few hours... More 

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Boone, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

I took my sons to the zoo once a year when they were little, and I appreciated the size of it. It's perfect for a half day of wandering and learning without overwhelming anyone. Our favorite past exhibit? The one about poop. They're in college now, but they still talk about that exhibit.

Thank Lisa K
Elberon, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I really enjoyed or visit to the zoo! She loved feeding the giraffe and visiting with the tortoise training staff while they were working with the tortoises. Great people who love the animals. We will be back!

Thank Sarah K

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