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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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Nice zoo, looks like they are adding improvements

We stopped in early March. Was kind of a cool day, so many shows and exhibitions were closed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Daveptaz
,
Minneapolis, Minnesota
via mobile
Cold time of the year to visit!

Not recomended! Too cold for kiddos! Try going during summer. More activities and more animals to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lockoz
,
Los Angeles, California
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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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“sea lions” (19 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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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"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"
in 15 reviews
"few hours"
in 19 reviews
"gift shop"
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"couple hours"
in 10 reviews
"once a year"
in 8 reviews
"special events"
in 8 reviews
"on display"
in 7 reviews
"live music"
in 7 reviews
"camel"
in 44 reviews
"animals"
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"tiger"
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank lockoz
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Risa B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 4 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

1  Thank Froglovinlady
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Reviewed 4 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

1  Thank leighann0576
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Reviewed 21 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

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Reviewed 3 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

Thank itstheherd
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Reviewed 14 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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HollyPlatts
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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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