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Welcome to the Denver Zoo!


Disclaimer: We received free tickets to visit the Denver Zoo but our experience was so amazing we just had to share it with you although we didn't have to., but why keep a good thing to yourself?



Mommy and I recently had the opportunity to experience the Denver Zoo.  Surprisingly it was our very first time visiting the zoo and I had to wonder, "why hadn't we done it before?". You may know that I currently live in Colorado Springs and while the zoo in the "Springs" is about 15 minutes from my house, visiting the zoo in Denver is an experience in it's own. If you have plans on visiting Colorado one day be sure to put this as one of your must see! The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre facility located in City Park of Denver, Colorado. It was founded in 1896 and is owned by the City and County of Denver and funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. It is open 9am - 5pm daily but if you are a zoo member you can get an early admission at 8:30am.


Here is a tip for you when you decide to go to the Denver Zoo. Get there early so that you can find parking. While there is a parking garage and extensive outdoor parking, there is so much people there that it took mommy and I almost 10 minutes driving around waiting for someone to leave so that we can park.

Pricing to get into the park is very reasonable and affordable. 
  • Adults (Ages 12-64) - $15
  • Seniors (Ages 65+) - $12
  • Children (Ages 3-11) - $10
  • Kids 2 and Under - FREE

If you're wondering are there any free days? Well we found out that there is actually a couple but they're in the month of November. Not sure why that is but here they are. 
  • Monday, November 3
  • Friday, November 14
  • Thursday, November 20

Now mommy and I met up with another blogger and her daughter. Angela and Christine from First Time Mommy Adventures. Since mommy and I got there much later in the day Christine was already tuckered out and ready to head home. We did enjoy a show where we got to touch live animals and that was a blast. How often do you get to pet a Possum? That's one thing about the Denver Zoo there is quite a lot for kids to do there. It's the perfect family outing.


Now I have LOTS of photos to share with you because there was so much to see there. Mommy and I were there for over three hours and we still didn't get to see everything. We did bypass the reptile section since I am very afraid of anything that resembles a snake.

Now let the picture show begin!









One of the highlights of my trip was actually getting to see Black Bears feeding on raw meat. I've never seen a Black Bear before so this was a new experience for me. Seeing them chow down on their meat also lets me know never to get too close either.




Now this was a sight to behold. I had never seen Flamingoes before and seeing so much of them at the same time was a beautiful sight.


While traveling through the primate section of the zoo I got to see a mommy carrying her baby. While my mommy didn't carry me I did get to hop on a statue of a gorilla and get a picture, and I also got to play on the African congo drums.




I got to check out some more birds, the friendly ones that you can have at your home in a cage, and then there was the flightless ones. Meet the Penguins of Madagascar. OK I made that up.




Mommy and I took so many photos and I got to see quite a lot of animals that I had never seen before. So let the picture fest continue.




One thing that mommy and I really enjoyed about the Denver Zoo was how kid friendly it all was. There are so many things to do and explore.




And just when I thought I was done showing you animals, I found some more that I just have to share.







Before you leave make sure you grab something to eat, along with a souvenir of your trip or two. You're going to want to remember this experience. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to make this an all day adventure. Remember you are not going to be able to see it all in under 3 hours.


Bring your camera, take lots of photos and have fun!

To find out more about the Denver Zoo visit the Denver Zoo Website! It's a great idea to plan your visit and you can even purchase your tickets. It's always a good idea to be prepared.

The Denver Zoo totally gets my TWO TINY THUMBS UP which is why I'm going back soon!

Here are the ways you can connect with the Denver Zoo:




Annmarie John
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  1. We have done the Queens Zoo with girls, but hoping to get to the Bronx this year now, too. But seriously looked like such a fun day and loved getting to see all your pics, too ;)

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    1. Janine, you have definitely got to do the Bronx Zoo. One thing that most people don't realize is that it's free EVERY Wednesday. That's another zoo that you need comfortable shoes for and AT LEAST 5 hours or even more. Mommy says the Brooklyn, Queens and Central Park Zoo has nothing on the Bronx. ♥ Madison

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  2. This is a genius title and theme for a blog. Love it. Your little girl is adorable. Also I didn;t even now that Denver had a zoo. Looks like it's well maintained.

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    1. Thank you Paula. Yes Denver does have a zoo and its beautiful there and yes its very well maintained. If you're ever in CO its a must visit. ♥Madison

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  3. We love the zoo. What a fun place and a good time to be had.

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    1. It is a very nice place for family and sure its lots of fun.♥ Madison

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  4. I love a good zoo! Ours in SA is not good at all compared to others I have been to such as Dallas and Ft Worth.

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    1. I have to be honest. The one in Colorado Springs isn't as nice as the one in Denver and we should have gone there sooner.♥ Madison

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  5. Oh my heart; I want to visit the Denver Zoo so badly! It looks absolutely amazing there! I love zoos! And Madison looks so stinking cute there.

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    1. Amber if you're ever in Denver I would truly recommend it and thank you for the compliment.♥ Madison

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  6. What a great zoo. I am not sure if I will ever make it out that way, but if I do - I will certainly plan a visit.

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    1. If you ever do Robin please be sure to do pay them a visit. Knowing you I'm sure you will. ♥ Madison

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  7. I wish we could have gone with you, AFTER the Colorado Springs one, of course. Moose and all!
    Love the shot of the elephant and the zebra one. They're action shots!

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    1. Of course Tamara! I was going to put in my post, "Tamara there are no moose", well we didn't see one and since I didn't see everything I couldn't be sure. The Colorado Springs one is our first stop. ♥ Madison

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  8. LOVE your website and Thank you for the reminder of taking kids to the zoo! My kids are out for the summer! It looks like you guys had fun!!!

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    1. Thank you Trista. The zoo is always a great place for the kids to visit. They'll love it. ♥ Madison

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  9. I just love zoos. Those animals are beautiful AMber N

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    1. Thank you Amber. A zoo is always a fun place to visit, especially during the summer. ♥ Madison

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  10. We love going to the zoo! The Denver zoo looks great, we'll definitely have to make that a place to visit if we're ever in the area.

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    1. If you're ever in Colorado and close to Denver please put it on your places to visit. ♥ Madison

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  11. It's been a while since I've been to a zoo! I need to go again.

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    1. I think you should definitely think of going some time soon. ♥ Madison

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  12. This looks like a great zoo! We've been to three with my son. One of our favorites has been the Jacksonville Zoo (in Florida).

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    1. I have only been to 2 so far. Hopefully I'll be able to go to a few more. ♥ Madison

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  13. Smile Madison, the zoo looks so fun!! I love the pictures of all the animals you all took!

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    1. I very rarely smile but I have to say in my defense after driving for an hour to get there I was very tired and cranky. ♥ Madison

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  14. Wow... looks like an amazing place to visit. I love the pictures, especially the one accompanied by the red-haired beauty!

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    1. Thank you Elayna. That's my friend Christine, isn't she adorable? ♥ Madison

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  15. This zoo looks like so much fun! We have a zoo here in Indy that I love to visit!

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    1. Visiting zoos are always fun. I hope you're able to visit the one by you often. ♥ Madison

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  16. trips to the zoo are always fun! I love the look on your little girl's face :-)

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    1. Thank you. I do need to smile a bit more often don't I? ♥ Madison

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  17. I love animals wish a passion, I have been dying to go to the zoo in such a long time and this just made it so much worse; I really need to go to one now.

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    1. I think you really do. Put it on your summer bucket list and make it happen! ♥ Madison

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  18. The bear pictures were awesome. Need to check that zoo out when I have the chance

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    1. Oh they were having lunch and looked so ferocious. They didn't even stop to pay us any attention. I guess their food was too important. ♥ Madison

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  19. I'm so jealous! I never get to see a bear awake and I love them! I hope I can visit that zoo someday!

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    1. I hope you can Liz and when you do come I hope they're wide awake so you can see them in action. ♥ Madison

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  20. The monkeys are always the best part! My son loves pointing at all the animals at the zoo!

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    1. Oh that's what I did Krystal. I think the monkeys are the greatest as well. They are so much like us people. ♥ Madison

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  21. I have to admit, that possum is pretty darn cute!

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    1. Hahaha Heather, I thought so too myself. ♥ Madison

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  22. Wow what an amazing looking zoo - your pictures are amazing! How nice you get to get up close with some of the animals as well :) x

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    1. Yes it was one of the things that I really enjoyed about the Denver Zoo. There was so much things in place for little kids to do. ♥ Madison

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  23. I love going to zoos, what a beautiful one you have. You did an amazing job with your photos and the kids looked like they had a great time.

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    1. Thank you Toni. Mommy was my photographer and she's getting better although she still uses auto, and I have to agree, the Denver Zoo is absolutely beautiful. ♥ Madison

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  24. I would love to visit the Denver Zoo. We have the Bronx Zoo here and it is a great place for families to visit.

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    1. Oh I have yet to visit the Bronx Zoo and mommy swears that it's the best. She went there every year with my big sister and brothers and they enjoyed it. Maybe when I visit NY I'll get to go. ♥ Madison

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  25. I love those photos! I want to go there now lol

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    1. Theresa I would have to say that whenever you come to Colorado, you MUST go! ♥ Madison

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  26. We had fun getting to meet you!! Cant wait to do it again :)

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    1. Oh it truly was fun. We surely must! ♥ Madison

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  27. You have some beautiful photos and Christine looks like such a doll. Madison you do need to smile because I know you had fun. Guess that's what happens when a toddler is tired, the smiles stop.

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    1. Yes I did have fun, I had just woken up but it did get better as the day went on. ♥ Madison

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  28. Looks like you had a great time at the Zoo Madison. My girls love to visit the Zoo too. In fact we are planning a trip either to the Philadelphia or Bronx Zoo.

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    1. Oh you would love the Bronx Zoo I've heard. I'm sure the Philadelphia Zoo would be great too! ♥ Madison

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  29. I love Zoo's. I love being able to look at all the animals and take pictures! Looks like Madison had a great time! I think I need to plan a trip to the zoo now! =D hehehe Philadelphia Zoo.... Here I come!!!

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    1. Oh Babs was just talking about the Philly Zoo being on her list. Maybe you might up there. Should be fun! ♥ Madison

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