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Blank Park Zoo

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7401 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50315
+1 515-285-4722
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Zoo Brew is fun for couples

We visited during Zoo Brew and enjoyed ourselves. It had been years since I visited the local zoo... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
leighann0576
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Christmas Zoo party was fun.

Saturday 12-16-17 took my grandson & wet to the Zoo Christmas festival. They had several animals... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2017
nightskygazr
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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.
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  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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7401 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines, IA 50315
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"train ride"
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"sea lions"
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"discovery center"
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"big cats"
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"giraffe feeding"
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"perfect size"
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"great animals"
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"koi fish"
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"great for kids"
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"few hours"
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"gift shop"
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"couple hours"
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"once a year"
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"special events"
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"on display"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank leighann0576
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Saturday 12-16-17 took my grandson & wet to the Zoo Christmas festival. They had several animals the kids could touch & pet like Alligators, snakes, Giant roach& Farrett. Multiple animals to pet & feed, goats, Llamas, cows & most of the animals to see like...More

Thank nightskygazr
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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Blank Park Zoo is a great little zoo that has come a long long way since my last review of it. They have and continue to grow and improve. We can hardly wait for the completion of the African boardwalk to the Giraffe house. My...More

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Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

We went in November, so a few animals were off exhibit already (giraffes, wallaby, ect) but there were still quite a few out! Saw all the big cats, rhino, camels, plus all the inside animals. We liked the main building where the birds just roam...More

1  Thank Nicole D
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

A fully accredited midsize zoo, does a great job with animal welfare. Very walkable. It has a mix of older types of animal exhibits and newer designs. The new Africa area (Eastern Black Rhinos! Addax, giraffes, and Ankoli cattle!) and Australia walk-through exhibit with the...More

1  Thank Michael R
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

The zoo is clean, it is about the right size to take up the good portion of the day. It has a nice variety of animals as well as experiences. In addition, my favorite time to go is during zoo brew on Wednesday throughout the...More

1  Thank mbug772017
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Having lived in many cities, we found the Blank Park Zoo to be quote nice. They have done a good job of upgrading the exhibits and have some fun nights, called Zoo Brew during the summer.

1  Thank TomHurley
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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

We have been here several times since we got our family membership in early July. For a small zoo, it's a winner. Membership Monday's we get free first train ride and can bring an extra person. Every time we have been here this year has...More

1  Thank init4keeps
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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

The Blank Park Zoo is fun for a family outing and has many animals to see. It is a smaller Zoo, but still has a lot to offer. My kids like the petting zoo and playground area.

1  Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Came here for a wedding and it was so cute! The shelter overlooked the pasture where animals were at. In between the ceremony and reception (which was all in one place) we were able to view the animals.

1  Thank Btiernan24
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Response from Ryan01134 | Property representative |
Yes, we have 200+ paved spots and a very large gravel, grass additional parking area.
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Yes. There is a big parking lot.
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