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Blank Park Zoo

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7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-6667
+1 515-285-4722
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Great Zoo, Not too big, Not too small

The Blank Park Zoo is one of my favorite zoos out there. It's a smaller zoo than most, but it's so... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
KCZAQT
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Iowa City, Iowa
Season Pass rocks

The Blank Park Zoo is a great place to get a walk in thanks to my season pass. The lion cubs are... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
John G
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Imagine a place where you can have a wild family adventure viewing rhinos or feeding a giraffe while also helping preserve animals for future generations. A portion of the proceeds from your visit to Blank Park Zoo is used to protect animal populations throughout the world. For 2017 see a very rare eastern black rhino baby, as well as a baby giraffe, elands and Bactrain camels. Blank Park Zoo is approximately 30 acres and features an indoor rain forest Discovery Center, Jamaa Kwa Africa, Australia Adventure, Kids Kingdom, Great Cats Complex, a Sea Lion and Seal pool and more. Open 9 am - 5 pm, May 1 - Sept 30. Open 10 am - 4 pm, October 1 - April 30.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea lions” (19 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-6667
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+1 515-285-4722
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"perfect size"
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"live music"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Blank Park Zoo is one of my favorite zoos out there. It's a smaller zoo than most, but it's so worth admission. There's a great variety of animals, food options are fairly well priced, the staff is friendly and interactive and most importantly the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Blank Park Zoo is a great place to get a walk in thanks to my season pass. The lion cubs are adorable and the upgrades are fantastic. Can’t wait to go again.

3  Thank John G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo isn't on par with the large ones out there BUT it's really great if your looking for a few hours of fun. The exhibits are set up nicely and there are interactive things for the kids to do along the way. About halfway...More

2  Thank Lynn B
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

We stopped in early March. Was kind of a cool day, so many shows and exhibitions were closed. Would've thought the admission should've been reduced. Got to see the new lion cubs and fed the llamas and goats. Rhinos and their new enclosure were neat....More

1  Thank Daveptaz
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Not recomended! Too cold for kiddos! Try going during summer. More activities and more animals to see. Get the train package is cute for kids

1  Thank lockoz
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

My boys and I tagged along with my husband to Des Moines earlier this month. We stopped by the zoo while my husband was at his seminar. We were among only a handful of visitors since it was a chilly, snowy Tuesday. We all enjoyed...More

1  Thank LPlicanic
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

I was told this zoo had an awesome sea lion exhibit and was not disappointed! The exhibit was very unique and gave so many opportunities to watch the sea lions swim around. It is a smaller zoo, but it gives you an up close and...More

2  Thank Risa B
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

We've been attending the zoo for many years but are quite impressed with the strides they've made in upgrading the facilities. There are plenty activities for kids and a whole play area to have fun with along with a petting zoo. We always take pride...More

1  Thank Fam_Tvler
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

The blank park zoo isn’t necessarily the largest zoo around, but they do a nice job with their facilities and they are working on some renovations. There are all of the typical zoo animals, there is a great educational outreach program, and there are parts...More

2  Thank Froglovinlady
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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

We visited during Zoo Brew and enjoyed ourselves. It had been years since I visited the local zoo. It is not large, but it was a nice time with friends, there was also live music, and we walked around to see the animals. I would...More

2  Thank leighann0576
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Yes, we have 200+ paved spots and a very large gravel, grass additional parking area.
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