Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Admission: $12 Adults, $7 Child. The Zoo will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The Zoo will close at 1:30 pm on December 18
In Your Words
“My family loves Blank Park Zoo and our membership. We are there at least once a week, sometimes twice. The Zoo is far and away our favorite place to visit.” – Producer Kurt, Star 102.5
“We have two young children and are always looking for fun-filled family activities to keep them busy on the weekends. The Zoo Pass is a great cost-effective option for us to accomplish this. It pays for itself in just a couple of visits, and we get to bring two guests with us each visit as well. The kids enjoy animals and love to be outside; they get to do both at the Zoo.” – Carissa Schmidt
"My best friend and I love our Blank Park Zoo memberships. The Zoo is small enough to cover in an hour or two, but it has enough variety you can spend all day. We both find it relaxing and try to visit two or three times a month. If we go to Des Moines to shop, we use the Zoo to relax after the crowds. Blank Park Zoo is small enough you feel like you know the different animals. During warmer weather, I enjoy the giraffes and look forward to the new rhinos and other animals in the new African exhibit. During the colder weather the big cats are really active. Tia Lung, the snow leopard, has been awake and posing for pictures by the window. We are excited when he is off his perch and sitting by the window. The tiger is busy pacing and rolling in the snow. The female lions are relaxing and Deuce is showing off. The macaques are active, too, and Miya is always looking for attention either from another macaque or any human who stops by. She is very entertaining. The red pandas, the river otters, the seals and sea lions, the penguins, eagles and flamingos all seem to enjoy the cooler weather. After a cold walk through the Zoo it is nice to warm up in the Discovery Center. We are looking forward to warmer weather when more of the animals are out and about, but we love doing the Zoo all year round." – Linda Cox
"We are the Rohrer Family (Paul, Jessica, Tommy and baby on the way), and we love the Zoo and our membership! I work part-time, so Tommy and I have a zoo adventure at least twice a month. We love that we can walk the whole zoo and enjoy all of the animals. Tommy especially loves the seal and sea lion exhibit and being able to get so close to the monkeys. We had a blast at Night Eyes and also really enjoyed all Santa and his workshop had to offer. We enjoy making new friends, exploring and being able to have quality family time at such a clean, kind and fun zoo! We moved here from Kansas City two years ago and one of our all-time favorite parts of Des Moines is the Blank Park Zoo. Thank you for putting on special events, taking excellent care of the animals and delivering fun to families!" – Jessica Rohrer
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