The sheer vastness of the Grand Canyon, a deep gorge carved by the Colorado River, draws visitors from far and wide to this Arizona sight. Here’s what you need to know about touring the Grand Canyon—by air, vehicle, and foot—from nearby Phoenix.
Founded by Robert E. Maytag in 1962, the Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the United States—home to some 3,000 animals living across 125 acres (51 hectares of naturalistic exhibit space. Thirty of the zoo’s resident species are considered endangered or threatened.
455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, 85008
The Phoenix Zoo ranks as one of the city’s top family attractions, as well as one of the best zoological parks in the country. Visitors can choose between three types of tickets. General admission covers the park’s core animal attractions, while the Value Ticket adds admission to the 4-D Theater, Safari Cruiser, and Stingray Bay. For those who want to see it all, the Total Experience Ticket also includes a ride on the Endangered Species Carousel.
Things to know before you go
- The Phoenix Zoo is a must-visit for families and animal lovers.
- Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
- Pack a swimsuit for kids who might want to cool off at Yakulla Caverns or Leapin’ Lagoon (open March to October).
- The zoo is both wheelchair accessible and sensory inclusive.
How to get there
The entrance to the Phoenix Zoo is located on Galvin Parkway in the heart of Papago Park. The easiest way to get there is by car, but you can also ride the light rail to Washington/Priest station and connect to bus 1.
When to get there
The zoo is open daily throughout the year, with shorter hours in the summer months (June to August) to account for the heat. The best time to visit for both good weather and sparser crowds is on a weekday between September and October or January and May.
The Endangered Species Carousel
Unique to the Phoenix Zoo is the Endangered Species Carousel. This ride might look like a classic carousel, but upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that each animal is different. Instead of the usual horses, you’ll find a lion, elephant, rhino, zebra, and sea dragon, each handcrafted to look like its animal inspiration.
Frequently Asked Questions
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