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Blank Park Zoo

7401 South West 9th Street


The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education and recreation.


Edward Fleming

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
Clean, well kept zoo. Friendly and helpful staff. Not an over abundance of animals but the ones they had were well presented. Giraffes were easy to see. Lion cubs with parents. Cute train ride . Great for kids and family. Plan for a couple hours.

catherine coover

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
We have now been here twice. And are thinking of purchasing a membership. Our kids love seeing the animals, feeding the giraffes and goats, watching the seals, riding the camels and the train. Plenty of fun to be had here. And the pricing is not to bad however you do have to pay to do extra things like feeding the birds, goats, giraffes, face paint, riding the train and camels. Riding the camels is about $10 a ride, the rest is a few bucks but make sure you bring waters because drinks are pretty pricey.

Jennifer Johnson-Kernes

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Blank Park Zoo is not a very big Zoo, but don't let it deter you from visiting. Small children will absolutely love being able to walk through the zoo and not be exhausted when they're done. I have a yearly pass, and I take my kids about every other week during the summer, to get us out of the house and to just enjoy nature. There are lions, tigers, seals, giraffes, rhinos, a petting zoo area, a great playground, and face painters. I wasn't able to list everything, but you just got to get there to see what they have to offer. As an adult you may think, "that's it"! ,but take it from me, having a 10 year old, a five year old and a three year old, they will enjoy every minute.

Mathew Bolles

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
I took my wife and 3 kids age two of which are teenagers not only were they totally engaged, excited and happy they were asking for a return trip before we left the parking lot. This was one of the best family outings we've had in a long time. I would highly recommend this as a way to get your kids off their phones and outdoors.

Kollan Kolthoff

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
We had a great time at the zoo! It was a great experience to walk around. It’s not a big zoo and on hot days the animals are not fans of coming outside but it was great to see the Sea Lions, Penguins, and Monkeys. It’s good for an hour or two for adults, but kids would love this.

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Sunday, Sep 16, 2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
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Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
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