A Moms Guide to the Phoenix Zoo


The Phoenix Zoo has something for everyone, whether you are into traditional zoo animals, farm animals, or a bit more adventurous and enjoy zip-lining. It is one of the best Zoo’s I have been too! I am very glad I was able to experience it with our kiddos and can’t wait to go back!

What you need to know before you go:

  • There is an ATM available where you will be purchasing your tickets.
  • Strollers & Wheelchairs are available for rental.
  • They do have a safari train which will give you a tour of the zoo.
  • They so sale food & drinks but be prepared for sticker shock!
  • You can bring in your own food & drinks!
  • You will have to walk through the gift shop to exit the zoo.
  • When you are walking into the zoo, after you cross the bridge, a photographer will try to stop you for a family photo, which is nice if you don’t want to stop someone to take one for you. They will give you a paper with your photo numbers on it-don’t lose it because when you exit the zoo there will be a photo booth where you can see your photos and purchase photo prints or novelties.



What you need to pack and what you should wear:

  • Lots of WATER, some frozen bottles too
  • Sunscreen
  • A picnic style lunch with a blanket in case the zoo is packed and there are no picnic tables available. Not that my kids wouldn’t love sitting on a blanket for lunch.
  • Easy to grab on the go snacks. Frozen grapes are yummy!
  • A fully charged phone or camera. There are a lot of amazing photo opportunities you won’t want to miss!
  • Comfortable clothing and walking shoes. During the summer season light colored, breathable fabrics are best and during the winter season dress in layers because while it is cooler in the morning hours it heats up quick (Phoenix is still warm in winter).

If you are looking to save some money I would advise you keep an eye out for this handy brochure in hotel lobbies as it can save you on admission.


Admission is $20.00 for adults and $10 for kids. Children 2 and under are free!

It took us 3 hours to walk through the Zoo without straying from the main trail but once or twice.

Here are some of those great photo opportunities I was talking about!


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There were so many more but my phone died! So remember to charge those batteries!

We had our picture taken by the Zoo photographer and this is what we purchased as a souvenir on our way out!

It’s a key chain! It was around $10.

Zoo Magnet


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