Visit the Zoo

Hours for October:
Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday-Friday 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Night Eyes - open animal exhibits will be limited in nature)
Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Night Eyes - open animal exhibits will be limited in nature)

The Zoo will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

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

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 :
  • 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)
  • Japanese Macaques
  • Kids' Kingdom
  • King Vulture
  • Lemurs
  • Lions
  • Ostrich
  • Otters
  • Penguins
  • Rhinos (viewable indoors on cooler days)
  • Tortoises (viewable indoors when the weather is cooler)
  • Train Ride
  • Kori Bustards
  • Outdoor Aviaries
  • Seals & Sea Lions
  • Snow Leopards
  • Spurred Tortoises (off exhibit during cooler temps)
  • Squirrel Monkeys
  • Train Ride

The following exhibits/attractions are closed: 

  • Camel Ride will return during Night Eyes (weather dependent)
  • Giraffe and ostrich feedings have finished for the season
  • Parakeet Feeding has finished for the season
  • The Safari Grill has closed for the season
  • Australia will be closed while preparing for Night Eyes


Location of Blank Park Zoo
7401 SW 9th St.
Des Moines, IA 50315
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
Member $2.00
Non-Member $2.25

Member $2.00
Non-Member $2.25

$ 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.​

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 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.