Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo which includes zoo animals and marine life
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This zoo started with a single bear. Now, it’s an award-winning tourist destination housing more than 3,500 animals.

In 1896, a small black bear named Billy Bryan was given to the mayor of Denver and the Denver Zoo was born. Today it has more than 80 acres (32 hectares) of habitats and, with more than 1.6 million visitors a year, is one of the most popular zoos in the United States.

More than 650 different species, about 200 of them threatened or endangered, are housed in enclosures almost identical to their natural habitat. Watch monkeys swing through trees, wolves prowl through a shaded wood and giraffes graze on an open field, all just a 10-minute drive from downtown Denver. It’s easy to get around either on foot or by taking the zoo’s train, which is both reasonably priced and environmentally friendly. Pull-along wagons for kids, strollers and wheelchairs are also available for rent.

One of the first points of call should be Bear Mountain. When the enclosure opened in 1918, it was the first naturalistic zoo animal habitat in North America. Today it’s considered a national historic landmark, with a collection of bears, including grizzlies and the adorable coati.

Predator Ridge offers a safe way to get close up to some of Africa’s most dangerous animals, including lions, African wild dogs and hyenas. The enclosure is a recreation of aspects of the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya.

The zoo lays claim to a number of records: the world’s only rhinoceros that paints with a brush (his artworks are displayed in the Pachyderm Building), the world’s largest indoor Komodo dragon exhibit and one of the largest habitats for endangered gorillas.

Daily feeding demonstrations draw hordes of curious onlookers. Check the timetable on the zoo’s official website to schedule them into the day. Stop for lunch at one of the restaurants, or pack a picnic. There are plenty of grassy knolls to sit on and large trees to relax under. In summer, between Memorial Weekend and Labor Day, there’s an extensive calendar of free programs, from wild encounters with reptiles to interactive bird shows. During the Christmas holiday season, the zoo hosts a spectacular light display. Millions of sparkling lights decorate the zoo along with animated animal sculptures.

Located within City Park, the Denver Zoo is a ten-minute drive from downtown, and there’s plenty of parking. It’s also easy to get to by light rail or bus.

Top Hotels Close to Denver Zoo

Tru By Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center
Tru By Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center
2.5 out of 5
801 15th Street, Denver, CO, 80202
The price is $99 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$99
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Denver. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (982 reviews)
Not unhappy.
"Valet only, $45. But every one her was very nice. Unfortunately they over booked the double queen beds so they gave me an extra room free of charge. In the mix of giving me another room they forgot to give me another card for the lights but that was an easy fix. Over all, everyone was very nice. ..."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Tru By Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center
Hyatt Place Denver Downtown
Hyatt Place Denver Downtown
3.5 out of 5
440 14th St, Denver, CO, 80202
The price is $130 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
$130
per night
Dec 7 - Dec 8
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Denver. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
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Hyatt Place Denver Downtown
Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver
Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver
3.5 out of 5
1776 Champa St, Denver, CO, 80202
The price is $120 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 27
$120
per night
Dec 26 - Dec 27
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Denver. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Popular attractions Union Station and Coors Field ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (556 reviews)
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Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver
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AC Hotel by Marriott Denver Downtown
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