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Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo

March 1–Oct 31 9am–5pm; Nov 1–Feb 28 10am–4pm
2300 Steele Street, Denver, 80205

The basics

To save on admission, pick up a Denver CityPASS and receive discounted admission to the zoo as well as other city sights like the Downtown Aquarium and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Kids won’t want to miss a ride around the zoo’s carousel meadow aboard the Denver Zoo Railroad or the daily elephant shows at the McGrath Family Amphitheater. For a memorable visit, book an up-close animal encounter with penguins, rhinos, sea lions, or tigers.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Denver Zoo is a must-see for animal lovers and families with young children.
  • The zoo is huge so make a list of the animals you want to see and plan your route before your visit.
  • Visitors are welcome to bring in their own food and drink, but glass bottles and straws are not allowed.
  • The Denver Zoo is wheelchair and stroller accessible and wheelchairs and electric scooters are available for rent at the entry gate.
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How to get there

The Denver Zoo is located in the Denver City Park just east of the city center within walking distance of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the City Park Golf Course. Free parking is available at the zoo and bus 32 stops right at the entrance to the zoo.

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When to get there

The Denver Zoo is open daily March through October, with slightly shorter hours November through February. The zoo is busiest on weekends, school holidays, and weekday afternoons, so visit outside that time if you wish to avoid the crowds. Late spring, when many baby zoo animals first make their appearance, is a great time to visit.

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Denver Zoo Lights

Each holiday season, the Denver Zoo gets festive with illuminated animal sculptures and millions of twinkling lights. With live entertainment and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, Denver Zoo Lights is one of the city’s most popular holiday events. Tickets are limited and sell out fast so make sure to get yours at least a week in advance.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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