Open every day of the year
Summer Hours (Mar 1 - Oct 31)
Admissions Open 9am to 5pm
Grounds close at 6pm
Ages 12-64: $17
Ages 65+: $14
Ages 3-11: $12
2 and Under: Free
2017 Free Days:
11/3, 11/6, 11/16
Don’t miss the chance to preview the region’s premier light show a full week before it opens! At the Zoo Lights Preview Weekend, on November 24 and 25, get the first glimpse of glowing animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo's campus, and includes nightly entertainment, animal encounters and Santa meet-and-greets. Running December 1 until December 31, Zoo Lights is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues.
The Zoo is closed Christmas during the day and for Zoo Lights (Monday, December 25)
Zoo Lights will span through 60 acres of Denver Zoo's campus, with nightly entertainment, animal encounters, Santa meet-and-greets and, of course, illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns hide in bushes and appear in places where they’re least expected. Running December 1 until December 31, is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, which is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to enjoy the holidays or kick off the New Year with family, friends and colleagues.
*Daytime admission (including membership) does not include Zoo Lights.
Children are invited to celebrate New Year's Eve with a sleepover at Denver Zoo's Bunk with the Beasts adventure! They will explore Zoo Lights, and celebrate the New Year in a safe and fun environment, while parents get a night out on the town! The evening will include a pizza dinner, an evening snack and a warm morning breakfast.
See what crawls, slithers and hops beneath the jungle canopy!
For lovers of reptiles, frogs and fish! Take a one of a kind look into Tropical Discovery, home to all things slithery, slimy and scaly. You'll be transported into an exotic rainforest habitat that is home to more than 300 species and visit two different behind the scenes areas.
We're so hippo to see you!
Meet long time Denver Zoo resident Mahali the hippo during this up-close and personal experience. Participants will have exclusive access to the outdoor hippo habitat in our new encounter space
A trunk-ful of fun!
Get to know more about Denver Zoo’s beloved elephants while discovering a different side of Denver Zoo’s newest exhibit Toyota Elephant Passage. Participate in an elephant training session after their daily demonstration, and then go behind the scenes.
Discover who's really king of the jungle.
Begin your encounter with a walking history of Denver Zoo as you make your way to Primate Panorama. Then, discover the wild world of great apes firsthand from the keepers that care for these intelligent and charismatic animals.
No tuxedo required.
Are you passionate about penguins? Start your encounter with a guided tour through Bird World and get a behind-the-scenes peek at how Denver Zoo cares for hundreds of birds.
A hands-on experience for animal enthusiasts of all ages.
Your private tour guide will escort you through our Animal Ambassador collection where you might touch a turtle, spend time with snakes, laugh with a kookaburra or be tickled by a tamandua’s tongue!
A day in the life of a zookeeper.
Bring your enthusiasm for animals and your interest in learning about zoo keeping with you for this unique animal experience! Participants will meet a zookeeper from our education animal division and begin the day with behind the scenes tours.
Come mingle with these gently giants!
Rhino Encounters will be back in the fall of 2017. Please check back then, or fill out this form and we'll send you a reminder when it becomes available.