Voted one of the nation’s top five zoos for kids, the Phoenix Zoo is home to approximately 1,400 mammals, birds and reptiles. Popular exhibits include the African Savannah, Stingray Bay and Land of Dragons. The zoo also has the nation’s only walk-through squirrel monkey exhibit. Don’t miss the Arizona Trail where you’ll see animals of the Sonoran Desert.
Of course, there’s plenty of kids to do. Kids can pet goats in the Red Barn at Harmony Farm, feed giraffes and ride camels. Or, they can cool off in splash ponds during the summer, play in a treehouse in the Enchanted Forest, and take a spin on the Endangered Species Carousel. (Extra charge for some activities.)
Make sure to allow plenty of time to see the zoo’s 125 acres and wear comfortable shoes. You’ll cover roughly 2.5 miles if you walk all the trails.
Tip: The animals tend to be less active during the hot summer months, so come first thing in the morning to see them moving about.