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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Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
7017 E Mcdowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
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The price is AU$86 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Located in South Scottsdale, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Desert Botanical Garden and Old Town. Scottsdale Stadium and Big Surf are also within 3 miles ...
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"Such a cute motel! This is NOT a fancy hotel. But I've managed a couple high-end properties and am a sucker for little motels, and have stayed in some shady ones. And this one is a total value and I felt very safe with the property and area. Rooms were clean and updated. Grounds had lots to offer, ..."

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Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is AU$101 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
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 ...
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Marriott Phoenix Airport
Marriott Phoenix Airport
3.5 out of 5
1101 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ
The price is AU$182 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Located in Camelback East, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Desert Botanical Garden, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Arizona State University and Old Town. Phoenix ...
4.4/5Excellent! (554 reviews)
"clean room and excellent shower."

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Marriott 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$86 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is AU$101 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
3 Palms
Marriott Phoenix Airport
Marriott Phoenix Airport
3.5 out of 5
1101 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ
The price is AU$182 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Marriott Phoenix Airport
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$145 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Hampton Inn Phoenix Airport North
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
3 out of 5
3838 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ
The price is AU$147 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Tempe
Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Tempe
2.5 out of 5
1415 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe, AZ
The price is AU$132 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Tempe
Ground Level Red Rox Condo
Ground Level Red Rox Condo
5401 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ
Ground Level Red Rox Condo
Hotel Bixby Scottsdale, BW Signature Collection
Hotel Bixby Scottsdale, BW Signature Collection
3 out of 5
409 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is AU$130 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Hotel Bixby Scottsdale, BW Signature Collection
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Best Location and nicest remodel in Red Rox complex!!!
5401 E Van Buren st, 1107, Phoenix, AZ
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