Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Visit the Phoenix Zoo, is located in Papago Park next to the Botanical Gardens. It is one of the largest privately owned, non-profit zoos, which means that the Zoo is supported by donors, private organizations and visitors to the zoo. They receive no government funding. The zoo is home to 1300+ animals that are housed over 125 acres.
We have found that the best time to visit is early in the day, often you will see the animals eating and they are more likely to be active during this time of day.
The later in the day it is you’ll notice, just like people, they like to nap and seek shade from the heat. Baby animals are always a hit, so it is always a good idea to check out the zoo’s website to see if there are any little ones and be sure to see them while visiting the zoo.
Our Favorite Spots at the Zoo
Our kids favorite spots include Stingray Bay and Monkey Village. At Stingray Bay you can touch and feed stingrays. This exhibit charges an additional fee for admission into this area, but it is a pretty cool experience.
Monkey Village is really neat because you can walk through the enclosure and see squirrel monkeys up close. They are pretty entertaining.
Places to Cool Off at the Zoo
Phoenix is really hot in the summer and the zoo has some great places for the kids to cool off including Yukulla Caverns, which is a cave with a slide and in a splash pad and Leapin Lagoon. Be sure to bring a change of clothes.
Adults and kids alike can ride on a camel, or get up close to the Giraffes. Kids love the petting zoo area where they can visit the big red barn and pet the goats and other farm animals.
The Enchanted Forest play area is another great area to play and cool off. This area has a large treehouse with a tiny stream running underneath it. Our kids could spend hours just playing in here.
Events at the Zoo
Special Annual Events: The Phoenix Zoo has several seasonal events each year “Boo at the Zoo” and “Zoolights” being the most popular.
Phone: (602) 273-1341
Address: 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix AZ
Directions: located in Papago Park
Open 365 days year Adults admission $20, Kids $14, Kids under the age of 2 free
To Download the Phoenix Zoo Map Click Here