The Phoenix Zoo is a wonderful place to come to anyday of the year and is great for kids of all ages (even you!)
The zoo has some of the greatest ways of exploring and learning about animals through their exhibits. There are the standard animals at a zoo, giraffes, lions, tigers, bears, rhinoceros, zebra's, cheetah's, monkeys, and elephants. There are also animals that are specific to the southwest and Arizona that are displayed, such as the coyote, wolf, and bald eagle.
The zoo is voted one of the top 5 zoo's for kids and it doesn't get a vote like that for being bland.
A few time throughout the year the zoo announces a new exhibit. These exhibits have ranged from having exotic animals/species visit the Phoenix Zoo, such as snake exhibit which featured the Anaconda snake, or the Beware exhibit which featured animals that we really should be scared of or animals that we don't have to be scared of, which had some sharks, and piranha's.
Some of the newest exhibit additions to the zoo include a walk about area of Wallabee's and Squirrel Monkey walk around.
The Wallabee Walk about is where you are actually in the Wallabee's habitat and can watch them upclose. The only thing seperating you from the Wallabee is low rope.
The Squirrel Monkey walk around has to be our favorite part of the zoo. You actually walk into a large "cage" and get to watch the monkeys as they climb ropes, jump from tree to tree all just above your head and in front of your eyes!!
The Zoo also has a children's play creek area which is complete with tree house, and creek. During the summer months there is even a water splash play area which has water shooting up from the ground.
There is a kid friendly area at the zoo where the Wallabee walkabout is located, it's also where the petting zoo is located as well as a small playground and the butterfly sanctuary.
The zoo's train is relaxing and gives a quick tour of what the zoo offers. It's a good idea, i think, to take the train tour if you've never been to the zoo so that you can pick which areas you want to see first or are more interesting to you.
We are a family of 2 kids ages 5 and 3. We have renewed our membership to the zoo for 4 years now. We love it. Our daughters never are bored at the zoo, and learn so much about animals. They keep adding new and exciting things! We try to make it at least every other Saturday and focus on 1 or 2 animals in our visit, let the girls play in the creak play area and then we leave.
The Phoenix Zoo offers much more throughout the year than just daytime zoo happenings. There are events, which sometimes cost extra, but are either free to members or cheaper. Such as the BOO ZOO which is held for halloween and has things for the kids to do such as face painting, clowns, etc. The ZOO BREW which is held for adults to come to the zoo in afterhours and have drinks which go towards charity contributions (if i remember correctly). And there are the Zoo Lights. Zoo lights are a fun, calm, relaxing evening to come out at look at the lights at the zoo. Great for kids who enjoy seeing the lights form images. Would be a great night out stroll for couples as well.