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Blank Park Zoo

#6 of 65 things to do in Des Moines Features Animals
7401 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50315
+1 515-285-4722
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Small zoo but big on fun!

We have taken our young grandchildren twice in the last month. We enjoy it so much we bought... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Starla P
Very good zoo for little ones

The Blank Park Zoo is not a must-see attraction for out of town visitors. It's not a world class... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Urbandale, Iowa
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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.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
7401 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50315
+1 515-285-4722
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Reviewed yesterday

We have taken our young grandchildren twice in the last month. We enjoy it so much we bought Grandparents passes. It's just a nice size for smaller children. We can spend 2-3 hours and always see something new. It is very clean and nicely taken...More

Thank Starla P
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Blank Park Zoo is not a must-see attraction for out of town visitors. It's not a world class zoo with an amazing variety of animals...or unbelievable settings that make you feel like you're actually in the animals' natural habitat. It is; however, an excellent...More

2  Thank ccg001
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have had a Grandparent pass for about 5 yrs and have usually gone on a Monday, free train ride day. I love Zoos and have been all over the country. This Zoo has some of the best Giraffe exhibit around and actually be close to...More

Thank Sue C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here so many times and it never gets old. The grounds are well kept, the animals look well taken care of, the food is a little lacking but okay, and there is enough to keep you there for a day, but you...More

Thank Christina S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an awesome little zoo for anyone but especially for parents with small children! Just enough to see and do to keep little ones attention but not to much as to overwhelm. The grounds are very well kept and shade is abundant, which was...More

Thank dbmeyer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I consider myself a zoo fanatic. As soon as I hear that an area has a zoo, I'm usually at the gates at opening time, pining to learn more about exotic animals and hoping to snap a few good pictures. & let me tell you,...More

1  Thank Aja J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're a kid at heart or have kids it's awesome! We even rode the camel :) I've never ridden anything besides a horse so it was cool. They have lots of short shows with animals and a very interactive petting area with multiple types...More

Thank caitlyn_hammer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cool place to visit. Very clean n colorful but animals dont look happy very bored n skinny we didnt get to see all animals like the pinguins, rhino, didnt see zebras or seal. you know what im pretty sure I paid full price too and...More

Thank alicia p
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Its an ok zoo. Small. Concession stands are very, very slow. Clean. Not too many animal choices to see.

Thank Denise R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoy taking the kids to the zoo but being a senior citizen we get tired easier they need more benches all around the zoo. There are some but not very close together. I think there should be some type of seating about every 50...More

1  Thank cdjtmj1977
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Ron S
Can we bring a wagon for the kids?
16 June 2017|
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Response from CarolSchrodt | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Think so but I would call
We are coming this Saturday on June 10th will there be ample parking if we get there close to opening time?
8 June 2017|
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Response from david_hance_iowa | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There is a big parking lot.
Do you have wheelchairs or is it handicap accessible?
7 April 2017|
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Response from Ryan01134 | Property representative |
Yes, we have wheelchairs available on a first come, first serve basis. Electric scooters available for rental and the Zoo is ADA accessible.