Visit the Zoo

Hours:
May - September: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

October-April: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Zoo will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Zoo Admission:
Children (2 years and under) - Free
Children (3 – 12 years) - $6.00
Adults (13 – 64 years) - $11.00
Senior Citizens (65+ years) - $9.00

Open & Closed exhibits
 
Weather, minor maintenance or animal health issues may cause a change from day to day, so if you are coming to see a specific animal, please call 515-974-2501 in advance to verify it is on exhibit.
 
The following exhibits are generally open everyday :
  • Australia
  • Amur Tigers
  • Discovery Center (not open during the hours of Night Eyes)
  • Bald Eagles
  • Carousel ride 
  • Eland (available for viewing during warmer days)
  • Flamingos
  • Gibbons
  • Giraffe (off exhibit during cooler temps in the spring)
  • Japanese Macaques
  • Kids' Kingdom
  • King Vulture
  • Lemurs
  • Lions
  • Otters
  • Penguins
  • Rhinos (viewable indoors on cooler days)
  • Tortoises (viewable indoors when the weather is cooler)
  • Train Ride
  • Kori Bustards
  • Outdoor Aviaries
  • Parakeet Feeding
  • Safari Grill
  • Seals & Sea Lions
  • Snow Leopards
  • Spurred Tortoises (off exhibit during cooler temps in the spring)
  • Squirrel Monkeys
  • Camel Ride (weather permitting)

The following exhibits/attractions are closed: 

  • The Train will be closed for maintenance September 20 & 21
  • Camel Ride will return during Night Eyes (weather dependent)
  • Giraffe and ostrich feedings are weekends only through September (weather dependent)

 

Location of Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th St.
Des Moines, IA 50315
515-285-4722
GPS Coordinates: latitude: 41.520430, longitude: -93.624638
(Blank Park Zoo is located north of the Highway 5 Bypass and south of Army Post Road.) 

Group Rate and Motor Coach Tours 
Available for groups of 20 or more by calling (515) 285-4722 in advance to your visit.

Children (2 years and under) - Free 
Children (3 – 12 years) - $4.00
Adults (13– 64 years) - $8.00
Senior Citizens (65+ years) - $7.00
Please click here to make a group reservation online
 
 Please click here for a downloadable Group Reservation Form.
 
For Day Care & Field Trip Visits please click here
 

Visitor Experiences & Rides
Train 
Member $2.00
Non-Member $2.25

Carousel
Member $2.00
Non-Member $2.25

Camel
$ 5.00 for ride or Photo

Parakeet Feeding
Member $1.00
Non-Member $1.25

Ostrich Feeding
$1 per treat

Giraffe Feeding
$2 per treat or $5 for 4 treats

Kid's Kingdom Feed cup (Animal or fish)
$1.00 per 2 oz. cup.​

Bundles
Feed Bundle  (includes parakeet, ostrich, giraffe, kid's kingdom animal and fish cup)
Member $5
Non-Member $5.25

Ride Bundle (includes carousel, train and camel)
Member $ 7.00
Non-Member $7.50

​All Experience Pass
These include admission into the Zoo plus a ride bundle and feed bundle.

All Experience Adult: $20.75
All Experience Child: $ 16.75
All Experience Senior: $ 19.75

Strollers & Wheelchairs
For your convenience the following amenities are available:
Wheelchairs - Free
Single Strollers - $5.00
Double Strollers - $7.00
Electric Scooter - $18.00

Wheelchairs and strollers are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Outside Food 
For the safety of the animals, no outside food or drink is allowed in the Zoo. Picnic grounds are available at Blank Park, just north of the parking lot. Concessions inside the Zoo are operated by Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, April 1- Sept 30.

Photography
Photography of the animals is permitted (and encouraged) at the Blank Park Zoo. Commercial photography, that is photography for publication or for economic or other gain needs prior written consent of the Blank Park Zoo Foundation. Call 515-285-4722 for more information.