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Local Adventures: The Denver Zoo!

Local Adventures: The Denver Zoo!

Disclosure: I'm so excited to partner with the Denver Zoo on this post! Thanks to them, my family and I were provided with free admission and refreshments. No other compensation was given. However, all thoughts are 100% my own and I stand by them. Thank you so much for supporting the organizations who collaborate with LivingMySomeday!

I've always been a lover of the zoo! Since I was kid, going to the zoo was THE field trip to end all field trips. Seeing the wide variety of animals not only fueled my sense of adventure, but reminded me of the precious lives with whom we share this planet. In addition to being a source of entertainment, the zoo was the first place where I heard words like "conservation" and "animal welfare", and learned the true importance of recycling. For example, when I found out birds were choking on those plastic six-pack holders, I immediately made it my job to cut them up before throwing them away. My family didn't understand why I cared, but I remained undeterred, carefully snipping each ring in an attempt to apply some of what I'd learned at the zoo.

Today, many years later, now a wife and mom, my love for the zoo hasn't waned; in fact, I enjoy it all the more because I have the opportunity to share it with my children. The Denver Zoo is one of my favorites because it was one of the first places we visited after relocating to Colorado, last year. Not only is it beautiful, but also committed to educating its visitors. In addition to hosting a number of hands-on exhibits like the Lorikeet Adventure, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, readily-available to answer questions. We had such a wonderful time that I couldn't help but snap a few pics (and record a bit of video) to share with y'all as part of the latest installment in my Local Adventures series! The Denver Zoo is quite large, so I couldn't include every animal below, but I wanted to highlight some of our favorite exhibits and experiences in order to give a sense of just how special this place is, to Colorado residents and visitors alike. I highly encourage spending a day here if you get the chance! 

A few tips:

Check the weather report! Even if it says it'll be sunny, consider bringing an umbrella just in case. We almost got caught in a storm, lol! 

Wear lightweight, breathable clothes and comfortable shoes as the Denver Zoo is sizable! Stay hydrated and take breaks whenever you feel the need. 

Bring a stroller or carrier for little legs. In addition to giving babies and toddlers a break, it also ensures their safety. The zoo has wagons and kiddie jeeps available for rent, as well

Feel free to pack a lunch and have a picnic on the grounds! We love picnics, so I think we'll do this on our next visit. 

Hats, sunscreen, and/or sunglasses are a great addition on sunnier days. 

Have more questions? Check out the Denver Zoo's FAQ section right here!


This piece is part of an upcoming exhibit entitled "Washed Ashore: Art To Save The Sea". Isn't it striking?! The exhibit begins in September and you can find more information here. 

This piece is part of an upcoming exhibit entitled "Washed Ashore: Art To Save The Sea". Isn't it striking?! The exhibit begins in September and you can find more information here

Denver Zoo, grizzly bears, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado

Not sure if it stems from our shared love of salmon, but grizzly bears are one of my favorite animals. They're also completely intimidating and terrifying, especially standing at a full height of well over six feet!

Denver Zoo, cheetah, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado

After a bit, we made our way to the Primate Panorama, which is a beautiful part of the Denver Zoo. Most of the apes and monkeys were inside where the light was low, so I recorded videos of them instead, but I wanted to point out some of important features of this part of the park. First, the drums! My kids love 'em. 

Denver Zoo, Primate Panorama, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado

Secondly, these colorful and informative displays are also a highlight because they expose kids (and adults) to international animal rights issues that concern the creatures they're looking at. It's important to make those connections early and often. 

Denver Zoo, Primate Panorama, education, conservation, bushmeat, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado

Third, this family restroom is fantastic! It's large enough for a group, but comfortable enough for a nursing mom and baby. I love that it's a separate building, too.  

Denver Zoo, Primate Panorama, nursing mothers, baby care, family restrooms, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado

Surprise! The Primate Panorama is not just for primates; this Red River Hog walked right up to the glass and spent some time with us. 

Denver Zoo, Primate Panorama, Red River Hog, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado

Next up, the Lorikeet Adventure! Grab a cup of nectar for $2 and feed some of the most colorful birds you've ever seen! They can and do bite, so be careful with little hands. Also, make sure to look down on the ground while you're in the enclosure so as not to accidentally step on a lorikeet. There's no strollers allowed for this reason. For more information on this opportunity, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. 

The Denver Zoo, Lorikeet Adventure, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado
The Denver Zoo, Lorikeet Adventure, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado 
The Denver Zoo, Lorikeet Adventure, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado
The Denver Zoo, Lorikeet Adventure, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado, summer vacation

On the way to the Toyota Elephant Passage, we had to stop and see the hippo! It was a warm day, so I can't blame it for wanting to stay in the water. 

The Denver Zoo, hippo, hippopotamus, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado
The Denver Zoo, Hippos, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado

Spending some time in the tuk tuk is a must! Hard to tell from this photo, but they're surprisingly roomy.

The Denver Zoo, Toyota Elephant Passage, tuk tuk, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado

Learning about Buddhist prayer wheels before taking a break for lunch. 

Denver zoo, Toyota Elephant Passage, buddhist prayer wheel, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado, summer
The Denver Zoo, Toyota Elephant Passage, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado

Before we resumed with the day's adventures, we grabbed a quick bite to eat from the Kamala Café! Thanks to the generous portions, we were able to share two delicious bowls: Chicken Teriyaki with rice + veggies and pork with noodles + peanut sauce. Both were enjoyed and devoured! 

The Denver Zoo, Kamala Café, teriyaki chicken bowl with rice and vegetables
The Denver Zoo, Kamala Café, asian pork with noodles and peanut sauce
Learning about tigers and touching a real tiger paw! (Zoo staff assured me this tiger died of natural causes and the use of his paw is a way to celebrate and remember him.)

Learning about tigers and touching a real tiger paw! (Zoo staff assured me this tiger died of natural causes and the use of his paw is a way to celebrate and remember him.)

The Denver Zoo, tigers, tiger paw, things to with kids, Denver, Colorado
The Denver Zoo, tiger, tigers, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado, summer

Check out this Lego lion! It took over 50,000 pieces to bring him to life! 

The Denver Zoo, Legos, Lego lion, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado
The Denver Zoo, things to do with kids, Denver, Colorado, fun, summer

These photos are just the tip of the iceberg that was our adventures at the Denver Zoo! Like I mentioned before, you've got to watch the video in order to get an idea of what we saw and experienced. We had an unforgettable time and I can't thank the Denver Zoo enough for partnering with me and making the day possible! 

 Heading to Colorado? Don't leave without planning a trip to the Denver Zoo! Click through for more photos and video footage of what to expect!
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