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Holidays in Phoenix Zoo

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Phoenix Zoo featuring zoo animals

One of the best destinations in the United States for families is home to some of its most interesting animals.

Phoenix Zoo is home to approximately 1,200 animals of all shapes and sizes. Since opening in 1962, this attraction has grown in reputation and popularity to become one of the top family-friendly zoos in the country, and it’s easy to see why. The zoo is educational and fun, and puts an emphasis on conservation, so you’ll see some really rare and unusual animals during your visit.

The zoo covers 50 hectares, but is easy to navigate along the four themed trails. Start locally on the Arizona and discover the wildlife of the surrounding area. The local Sonoran desert provides the setting, and many indigenous cacti and trees can be found providing shade for local big cats, such as mountain lions and bobcats, desert coyotes and even birds like majestic bald eagles, scavenging vultures and brightly coloured thick-billed parrots.

From Arizona, it’s a short walk over to Africa. You’ll feel like you’re on a safari as you travel the savannah – there’s everything from enormous elephants, down to tiny, curious meerkats here. Take a ride on a camel, or feed the giraffes from the observation deck for an even closer experience.

The final geographical trail takes you to the Tropics. Monkey Village has a rainforest theme and is home to primates of all shapes and sizes, and remains a firm favourite with visitors. The fourth trail is specially designed for small children, and the Little People Discovery Farm is the perfect place for them to meet the animals. If all that walking sounds like too much, hop aboard the safari train to get an overview of the zoo, complete with commentary.

Phoenix Zoo is a 20-minute drive east of the city centre. Opening times vary, and the zoo is closed in the afternoon in summer because of the heat—check the website for more information. Parking is available and the zoo is accessible by public transport.

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3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is AU$98 per night from 5 Aug. to 5 Aug.
Located in South Scottsdale, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Big Surf, Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale Stadium. Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical ...
3.9/5Good! (2,950 reviews)
"I had a great service at my arrival to the premises. Rosalva made sure I was in my room safely and was kind to help me with my suitcases upstairs."

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2021

3 Palms
Hampton Inn Phoenix Airport North
Hampton Inn Phoenix Airport North
2.5 out of 5
601 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ
The price is AU$127 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Located in the heart of Phoenix, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Celebrity Theater and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (911 reviews)
"Excelente location Profesional still friendly stuff make feel as home Great convenient Amenities Elegant touch and modern designs"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Hampton Inn Phoenix Airport North
Hyatt Place Tempe Phoenix Airport
Hyatt Place Tempe Phoenix Airport
3 out of 5
1413 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ
The price is AU$143 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tempe Center for the Arts and Tempe Town Lake. Tempe Beach Park and Mill Avenue District are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (944 reviews)
"The staff was amazing and welcoming. It had looked as if the sheets have not been changed. Housekeeping came in on our 4th night stay and still did not take out the garbage . They provide a breakfast but unfortunately not a hot one. Room was bigger than I expected and once again the staff was so ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Hyatt Place Tempe Phoenix Airport
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Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
7017 E Mcdowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is AU$85 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is AU$98 per night from 5 Aug. to 5 Aug.
3 Palms
Hampton Inn Phoenix Airport North
Hampton Inn Phoenix Airport North
2.5 out of 5
601 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ
The price is AU$127 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Hampton Inn Phoenix Airport North
Hyatt Place Tempe Phoenix Airport
Hyatt Place Tempe Phoenix Airport
3 out of 5
1413 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ
The price is AU$143 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Hyatt Place Tempe Phoenix Airport
Ground Level Red Rox Condo
Ground Level Red Rox Condo
5401 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ
Ground Level Red Rox Condo
Condo w/ Pool & Spa Access ~ 7 Miles to DT Phoenix
Condo w/ Pool & Spa Access ~ 7 Miles to DT Phoenix
5401 E Van Buren St, 1111, Phoenix, AZ
Condo w/ Pool & Spa Access ~ 7 Miles to DT Phoenix
Gated One Bedroom Resort Style Condo Near Asu, the Zoo, Golf, Botanical Gardens
Gated One Bedroom Resort Style Condo Near Asu, the Zoo, Golf, Botanical Gardens
5401 East Van Buren, 2038, Phoenix, AZ
Gated One Bedroom Resort Style Condo Near Asu, the Zoo, Golf, Botanical Gardens
Luxe Resort Living in Papago Park w/ Spa & Pool!
Luxe Resort Living in Papago Park w/ Spa & Pool!
5401 East Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ
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Great Rates!- 2 HTD Pools!! Wifi+all INC
5401 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ
Great Rates!- 2 HTD Pools!! Wifi+all INC
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.