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Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, Arizona

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Orangutan at the Phoenix Zoo

Orangutan at the Phoenix Zoo

Credit: Phoenix Zoo

Address:

Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008 Map

Phone:

602.273.1341, Fax: 602.273.7078

Website:

Admission:

You can purchase tickets online and save money!. Regular admission is: Adults $16, Children Ages 3-12 $7, Children Ages 2 & Under Free. Phoenix Zoo Members Free (2010 prices)

What to Expect:

The Phoenix Zoo has been touted as "One of the Nation's Top 5 Zoo's for Kids." The Zoo houses approximately 1,200 animals including collections of mammals, fish, invertebrates, birds, and reptiles.

Visit Time:

There are 2.5 miles of walking trails. The Zoo has been divided into four different trails; usually the Africa and Tropics Trails take about an hour each and the Arizona and Children’s Trails take about a half hour each. We recommend approximately 2 and a half to 3 hours to see the Zoo,

Directions to the Phoenix Zoo:

The Zoo is located at 455 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, Arizona. The entrance to the Zoo is off Galvin Parkway in the heart of Papago Park, between McDowell and Van Buren.

Zoo Hours:

Zoo hours are generally 8am to 5pm. See the Zoo website for changes in hours due to Holiday Zoolights and other special events.

Photos of the Phoenix Zoo:

Enjoy our Photo Gallery of Zoo Faces to get a sense of what (and who) you will see at the Phoenix Zoo.

Phoenix Zoo Review and Recommendations:

The Phoenix Zoo has special exhibits like the interactive Stingray exhibit and wonderful community events like Zoolights at holiday time. The Zoo is large and is situated on 125 acres of land including exhibit, non-exhibit and operations areas. It is a major zoo and well worth a visit.

Here are some tips for your visit:

  • Public Transportation: The transit bus stops right at the zoo entrance.
  • Check the School Calendar - We went during Spring Break and it was rather crowded.
  • Map: Be sure and pick up a map at the entrance so you can plot out your tour of the zoo
  • See Everything: It isn't all that big unless you have some walking limitations (if you do, there are trams)
  • Protection: Bring water, sunscreen and a hat. This is the desert.
  • Food: The zoo has cafes and food booths located throughout. But if you are budget conscious, consider bringing your own picnic.
  • Parties: There are areas for children's parties at the zoo
  • Carousel: Be sure and stop to see the beautiful Endangered Species Carousel
  • Gift Shop: Of course there is a well-stocked gift shop for you shoppers!
We enjoyed the zoo even though it was crowded. Being patient, we were able to get up close to windows and fences to see the animals and photograph them. The zoo has plenty to keep children interested. We saw camel rides, places to feed the giraffes and places to buy kettle corn and ice cream.

The Phoenix Zoo has been around for many years. They work hard to maintain and update habitats and add new exhibits. I found the landscaping to be in need of some maintenance and enhancement, but perhaps that's because the Desert Botanical Gardenz is so closeby and I am comparing the two. Phoenix children are lucky to have such a wonderful educational resource close to home.

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