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Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

#2 of 14 in Parks in Des Moines
Must see · Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Explore a 9 hectare (22 acre) zoo with more than 800 animals, ranging from red pandas to giraffes to scorpions when you visit Blank Park Zoo. Head to the Meredith Alpine exhibit to see red pandas or the free-range aviary to see birds, including peacocks and parrots. Explore the cave exhibit for nocturnal animals and reptiles, such as bats, emperor scorpions, and boa constrictors. You'll also find an aquarium, African boardwalk, Australian adventure, big cat section, harbor pavilion, and a miscellaneous section with animals such as penguins. In the Kid Kingdom, children can crawl through simulated prairie dog tunnels, then pet, feed, or ride various animals. Work out when and for how long to visit Blank Park Zoo and other Des Moines attractions using our handy Des Moines trip maker app.
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  • We came from out of town to visit this zoo. I had heard good things. Everything is closed due to Covid. No vending machines. No giraffe feeding. But they still charge you a full amount. Don’t waste...  more »
  • Nice and well kept zoo. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The animals appear to be in great shape! I’ve never seen such level in zoos before.  more »
  • The zoo is in a great location and easily accessible. The setting is peaceful and nicely lined with trees throughout. Once in the zoo you would not know your in town. The entire zoo and facilities are clean and we'll taken care of. There is a good variety of exhibits and animals. Decent food and drink choices. The gift shop is large and full of nice items. Definitely worth stopping!
  • Good place to visit with your family. Kids will enjoy here. There is a special section for kids to play. The good thing is this zoo is small and hence you can see most of it in 1 to 2 hours. Hence kids won't get tired so do you. Half day is enough to visit the place.
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