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The Denver Zoo - A Guide for Families
When visiting the Denver Zoo with kids, your family can ride a train, have a picnic, watch zookeepers feed the animals, take a spin on a carousel, and visit beasts from all over the planet.

Don't miss the fantastic gorilla habitat or the underwater viewing at the Northern Shores exhibit. 








Photo: Kids love the dinosaur bones 
at the Denver Museum of 
Nature and Science    

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has a mission: to inspire curiosity and excite the minds of all ages through the discovery, presentation and preservation of the world's treasures.

DMNS offers incredible adventures for kids and their parents.

Read our short article on the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for more informatio
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Did You Know?


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A member of the poplar family, the aspen's leaf is attached in a way that allows the leaves to flutter in the slightest breeze.


The Latin name for this tree is Populus tremuloides. It is this tremulous quality that causes aspen-covered hillsides to shine with such an unusual, glimmering light.

Learn more -
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Photo Credit: Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau 
"I
t’s scwatchy!” exclaimed a little girl with big eyes as she drew her hand away from the fur coat of a goat. The next instant she was smiling as she stroked the soft hide of a zebu cow, just one of many African farm animals kids meet in the Kraal Animal Contact Yard at the Denver Zoo.

 

The Kraal is just one tool the zoo has for taking kids around the world and showing them, as intimately as possible, the marvelous variety of animal life on our planet. The zoo is in the midst of a 15-year, $125 million campaign to enhance the lives of the animals and improve the experience of its visitors. And like the Kraal, the new exhibits allow people to observe everything from frogs to gorillas in as natural an environment as possible.

 

Because of the improvements in their homes, the animals behave more naturally, and kid can understand them better. Youngsters can also see the wide variety of places that animals live, from the cold waters of the Northern Shores exhibit to the African Primate Panorama’s thatched roofs.

 

Viewing areas are well designed for people under three feet tall, and friendly zoo volunteers in their green shirts and tan vests are often at hand to answer questions or engage a toddler in speculation.

 

Especially popular with the young set are the Conservation Carousel and the Zoo Train. A nice bonus: the train has been converted from diesel to clean-burning natural gas, making for a much more pleasant ride.

 

When You Go:

Phone Number: 303/ 376-4800

Website: www.denverzoo.org

Address: 2300 Steele Street, Denver.

Directions: From I-25, take Colorado Boulevard about 5 miles north to City Park, or from I-70, take Colorado Boulevard south about 2 miles to City Park. Turn west into the park on 23rd Avenue.  The main entrance is about a half-mile from Colorado Boulevard, on the left. Check the website for a map.

Season: Open every day of the year.

Hours: Summer hours (April through September) 9am to 6pm.  Winter hours: (October through March) 10am to 5pm. Check the website for feeding and show times.

Cost: Summertime admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for kids 3 to 11 years old, and free for the 3 and under crowd. Wintertime admission is a dollar or so less. Parking is free.  Special events, like the Wildlights in December are extra.  Check the website or phone for details.

Facilities:  The zoo is stroller and wheelchair accessible, and wagons are available for rent at the entrance. A few exhibits, however, require you to leave your strollers outside. Bathrooms with diaper decks are conveniently located for both moms and dads. In addition to numerous concession stands, the Hungry Elephant Café serves a nice variety of meals appealing to both kids and adults. The gift shop stocks a wide variety of souvenirs.

Special Considerations and Notes: Decide ahead of time which part of the zoo you would like to see most, as the whole thing in one day can be overwhelming. We like it best in winter.  The crowds are thinner and many of the animals are more active.  One frosty day we saw polar bears sliding and bouncing on an iceberg in their pond. Also, the zoo offers several special events throughout the year as well as preschool classes and programs. Check their website for information.