Going to the zoo is a fun activity we seek out in many cities. The Denver Zoo is a fun, family attraction in the middle of Denver. It is easy to access, and the family can spend an entire day there. It has a natural flow (I know, as we forgot to grab a map on our last visit), and we were able to see nearly everything before the kids were too pooped to walk any further.
Here are seven little secrets you may not know about the Denver Zoo:
1 – The animals are most active and eat in the morning.
The Denver Zoo opens at 9 AM, and it is worth setting an alarm to get there early!
The lions were out and “talking” just after 9 AM on our last visit. The African cats were also super active, coming up to the glass to say hi. By the time we were ready to leave, it was nap time for us and nap time for the animals. It was well worth the early morning effort to see the animals in their most active state.
2 – The Denver Zoo’s Bird World Attraction is so cool.
The Denver Zoo Bird World attraction was a wonderful surprise and probably where my kiddos had the most fun. The birds were up close and personal with the public, and the attraction had great signage. The signs allowed my kids to find the birds like a real-life “Where’s Waldo”. There were also many areas in the building where the birds were out in the open. My kids kept squealing with delight by being so close to the birds.
3 – The Denver Zoo has a carousel and a train.
I usually hate these hidden money pits, but the Denver Zoo does a good job with the extra cost attractions. The train lets you see some of the animal attractions up close, and it gives you a moment to take a break after all the walking. The carousel ride is a respectable length, and your kids will love picking out their favorite animal after seeing so many in the park.
If you don’t want to pay the extra cash, consider avoiding the area where the food is located. You have been warned!
4 – The Denver Zoo sells beer.
OK, we aren’t lushes, especially with our kids in tow. However, sometimes after spending that much time walking around with your kids, in the hot sun, you need a beer. Don’t judge! You will pay higher prices for the beer, but like I said, sometimes the break is needed for everyone’s sanity.
5 – Parking is free, even in the garage.
If you get to the Denver Zoo early, you will likely be able to park in the garage, which is completely free! All other lots are also free.
6 – You can have a picnic at the Denver Zoo.
You can take your own food into the Denver Zoo, and there are wonderful picnic areas around the park. Sometimes we pack an easy peanut butter and jelly sandwich lunch and sit on a bench near our favorite exhibit. Packing a picnic saves us a ton of money, and the chance to eat lunch with your favorite animals is a real treat.
7 – The Denver Zoo has free days.
Many local attractions have free days in the Denver area thanks to a special tax for the multi-county metro area. Save some cash, and head to the Denver Zoo for free! Check out a complete list of the Denver metro area free days.
Go to the Denver Zoo!
My family always enjoys the Denver Zoo. You can do it on a warm, sunny day, but it is also fun in the dead of winter. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor attractions for any season.
If you are local and looking for new ideas, or if you are visiting the Denver area, you can also check out the best Denver attractions for kids for more inspiration.
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