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Denver Zoo

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Where Education Comes Alive. Denver Zoo, open every day, is home to more than 4,000 animals representing 650 species including Asian elephants, African lions, Komodo dragons and Western lowland gorillas. With numerous animal shows and feedings, as well as interactive exhibits, it's no wonder Denver Zoo is Colorado's top cultural attraction. You may only spend the day at Denver Zoo but that day always sticks with you.

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Accommodations
Restaurant
Green Practices
General
  • Hours: Open daily: 9am-5pm
  • Miles to airport: 27
  • Miles to CCC: 3
  • Indoor Fire Code: 6000
  • Total Capacity (if applicable): 8000
  • Onsite Parking Spaces: 700
  • Motor Coach Parking:
  • Event Space:
  • Activities/Tours for Leisure/Business groups:
  • Group Activities Description: A discount on admission is available for groups of 10 or more. Non-profit organizations also receive special group pricing with proof of non-profit status. Group rate tickets can be purchased in advance, by reservation, online (for groups 10-49) or at the box office on the day of your visit. Tours are offered on a case by case basis. Please call for more information.
Accommodations
  • Facility & Décor Description: When was the last time you had a really WILD party? Support wildlife and party at the Denver Zoo--it's serious fun! There are many theme packages to choose from: evening and day, indoor and outdoor rentals are available. Our expert catering staff will be glad to help you create a menu and theme specifically for your group.
  • Number of Restaurants on site: 3
Restaurant
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Green Practices
  • Colorado Environmental Leadership Program:
  • LEED Certified:
  • Green Practice Desc: The first U.S. zoo to receive ISO 14001 certification for the entire facility and operations. This international certification ensures the zoo is attaining the highest environmental standards. We have established a Sustainable Management System (SMS), which provides a framework for systematically identifying, implementing and continually reducing environmental impacts in all of our operations. We are a Gold Member of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Environmental Leadership Program, exemplifying outstanding commitment to environmentally-friendly business practices. We monitor the amount and types of waste generated through our everyday operations to devise ways to reduce our waste stream and promote recycling efforts to both zoo staff and visitors. In addition, Denver Zoo utilizes compostable utensils and service ware at our restaurants.

Meeting Facilities

Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Description Denver Zoo event venues offer amazing experiences, distinctive menus and a beautiful atmosphere making every event unique and remarkable. Add an animal demonstration or other enhancements and you'll be set for a roaring good time!
  • Total Sq. Ft. 13000
  • Reception Capacity 8000
  • Theatre Capacity 300
  • Catering In-house
  • Type of Venue Parks & Gardens, Special Events Venue
  • Type of Event Reception, Banquet, Meeting Theatre
  • Banquet Capacity 250
  • Number of Rooms 6
Norgren Hall (indoors)
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2835
  • Theater Capacity: 300
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 400
Conoco Zoo Gardens (outdoors)
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 6400
  • Banquet Capacity: 700
  • Reception Capacity: 8000
Hippo Haven or Lions Lair (outdoors)
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 3200
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
Gates Studios (indoors)
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1200
  • Theater Capacity: 75
  • Banquet Capacity: 104
  • Reception Capacity: 115
Primate Panorama (outdoors)
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 3200
  • Banquet Capacity: 250
  • Reception Capacity: 400
Full Buy Out
  • Banquet Capacity: 3000
  • Reception Capacity: 8000

Events

Dec 9, 2018

Backstage Experience Junior Encounter
Nov 3, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

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A hands-on experience for animal enthusiasts of all ages! Meet members of our charismatic animal ambassadors during this bite-sized Up-Close Animal Encounter – perfect for our youngest guests! During this private tour, you’ll get...

Backstage Experience Junior Encounter <p>A hands-on experience for animal enthusiasts of all ages!</p> <p>Meet members of our charismatic animal ambassadors during this bite-sized Up-Close Animal Encounter &#8211; perfect for our youngest guests! During this private tour, you’ll get face-to-face with some of our animal ambassadors, like an anteater or a tortoise. There are over 90 animals for the zookeepers to choose from, so you never know who you're going to meet. Spend time with our animal care staff as they show you what it takes to care for some of the animals that call Denver Zoo home.</p> <p>Backstage Experience Junior is an interactive and hands-on tour that’s great for all ages.</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Elephant Encounter
Oct 27, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

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A trunk-ful of fun! Get to know more about Denver Zoo’s beloved elephants while discovering a different side of Denver Zoo’s exhibit Toyota Elephant Passage. Participate in an elephant training session after their daily demonstration, and...

Elephant Encounter <p>A trunk-ful of fun!</p> <p>Get to know more about Denver Zoo’s beloved elephants while discovering a different side of Denver Zoo’s exhibit Toyota Elephant Passage. Participate in an elephant training session after their daily demonstration, and then go behind the scenes and gain some insider knowledge from the animal keepers who care for these unique, charismatic creatures every day. Please note that because of safety regulations, guests will not receive direct contact with the elephants, but rather will get a closer look than public perspective allows with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and interactions.</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Flamingo Encounter
Nov 2, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

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Join the flock! Meet our resident rock stars, the flamingo flock. Slip on your VIP pass and our host will guide you to the flamingo quarters. You’ll get a chance to mingle backstage with a big name flamingo like Slash, Hendrix, Cash, or...

Flamingo Encounter <p>Join the flock!</p> <p>Meet our resident rock stars, the flamingo flock. Slip on your VIP pass and our host will guide you to the flamingo quarters. You’ll get a chance to mingle backstage with a big name flamingo like Slash, Hendrix, Cash, or Lita. Learn more from animal care experts about what it takes to care for these unique birds and you’ll get a photo snapped with the pink, feathered star. But please no autographs. It’s hard to hold a pen with that beak!</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Giraffe Encounter
Nov 2, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

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Connect with our reticulated giraffes like never before! Our new exclusive giraffe feeding will give you a chance to hand feed one of our resident giraffes some of their favorite treats. You will be in awe of their long necks, rough tongues...

Giraffe Encounter <p>Connect with our reticulated giraffes like never before!</p> <p>Our new exclusive giraffe feeding will give you a chance to hand feed one of our resident giraffes some of their favorite treats. You will be in awe of their long necks, rough tongues and adorable ossicones. In addition to the feeding, you will have exclusive access to giraffe experts that will help you get to know each member of the herd on this guided experience. Just watch out for the giraffe drool!</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Hippo Encounter
Nov 2, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

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We're so hippo to meet 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, opportunities to...

Hippo Encounter <p>We're so hippo to meet you!</p> <p>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, opportunities to learn from his keepers how they care for him, and help toss food to Mahali! Do you have what it takes to hit a four foot target from just a few feet away? Start practicing your aim! Please note that because of safety regulations, guests will not receive direct contact with the hippo, but rather will get a closer look than public perspective allows with exclusive access and interactions.</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Lorikeet Adventure
Nov 2, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

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Rainbows of fun! Step into Lorikeet Adventure and you’ll be greeted by the cheerful chirps of Denver Zoo’s most vibrant residents. Lorikeet Adventure is home to a variety of lorikeets, small, brightly-colored parrots from Australia and the...

Lorikeet Adventure <p>Rainbows of fun!</p> <p>Step into Lorikeet Adventure and you’ll be greeted by the cheerful chirps of Denver Zoo’s most vibrant residents. Lorikeet Adventure is home to a variety of lorikeets, small, brightly-colored parrots from Australia and the South Pacific. Stroll through the open aviary as lorikeets fly overhead and learn more about these acrobats of the tropics from zookeepers and volunteers. Looking to get even closer? Visitors can opt to pay and hand feed the birds from a cup of nectar as they perch right on your arm. This unforgettable experience is great for visitors of all ages.</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Penguin Encounter
Nov 3, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

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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. Spend some time in the kitchen as animal care...

Penguin Encounter <p>No tuxedo required!</p> <p>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. Spend some time in the kitchen as animal care staff prepare diets and help feed a variety of the Zoo’s fine feathered friends. For the grand finale waddle your way into the world of penguins to interact with one of these loveable creatures and hear from one of our animal care experts about what it takes to care for these unique birds.</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Rhino Encounter
Nov 3, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

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Come mingle with these gentle giants! Ever wondered what it feels like to touch two tons worth of muscle? Experience this and more as you get up close and personal with one of our rhinos. In this adventure, your host will guide you to our...

Rhino Encounter <p>Come mingle with these gentle giants!</p> <p>Ever wondered what it feels like to touch two tons worth of muscle? Experience this and more as you get up close and personal with one of our rhinos. In this adventure, your host will guide you to our rhino exhibit, to meet with a keeper and learn what it takes to care for these thick skinned creatures. You’ll also have a chance to touch and scratch this gentle giant while it enjoys his mid-morning snack. They might look tough as a tank, however their calm and sweet nature will win you over.</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Sea Lion Encounter
Nov 2, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

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Things are about to get fishy! Have an up-close encounter with Denver Zoo’s fun flippered friends, the sea lions. During up-close encounters with sea lions and intimate conversations with animal care staff, watch as their personalities...

Sea Lion Encounter <p>Things are about to get fishy! Have an up-close encounter with Denver Zoo’s fun flippered friends, the sea lions. During up-close encounters with sea lions and intimate conversations with animal care staff, watch as their personalities overshadow their fishy breath and find a way in to your heart. Please note that because of safety regulations, guests will not receive direct contact with the sea lions, but rather will get a closer look than public perspective allows with exclusive access and interactions.</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Tiger Encounter
Nov 8, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019

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Experience The EDGE through the eyes of a tiger! This tour will take you behind the scenes at The Edge, Denver Zoo’s Amur tiger exhibit. You will get an up close view of a training session with one of The Edge’s resident tigers and learn...

Tiger Encounter <p>Experience The EDGE through the eyes of a tiger!</p> <p>This tour will take you behind the scenes at The Edge, Denver Zoo’s Amur tiger exhibit. You will get an up close view of a training session with one of The Edge’s resident tigers and learn from animal care experts about what they do every day to ensure that these cats receive the best care. You’ll be in awe of the amazing relationship animal care staff have with these 400-pound furry felines! Please note that because of safety regulations, guests will not receive direct contact with the tigers, but rather will get a closer look than public perspective allows with exclusive access and interactions.</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Tropical Discovery Encounter
Nov 9, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

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This encounter is for lovers of reptiles, frogs, and fish! Take an exclusive visit to Tropical Discovery, home to all things slithery, slimy, and scaly. You will be transported into an exotic rainforest habitat that is home to more than 300...

Tropical Discovery Encounter <p>This encounter is for lovers of reptiles, frogs, and fish! Take an exclusive visit to Tropical Discovery, home to all things slithery, slimy, and scaly. You will be transported into an exotic rainforest habitat that is home to more than 300 species of animals. Keepers will escort you to two different behind the scenes areas—outside the Komodo dragon exhibit for a face-to-face visit with one of the large lizards, and a second area that is the keeper's choice!</p> <p>You may get a bird’s eye view into our 16,000 gallon Pacific Reef habitat, have the opportunity to meet a frog thought to be extinct in the wild, or get a sneak peek into the venomous snake room. Each experience is different, so an adventurous attitude is recommended!</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Up-Close Look: Lemurs
Nov 2, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

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Join us for a chance to get an in-depth look at one of the most popular animals at the zoo – lemurs! This Up-Close Look begins with a guided tour of our resident ring-tailed and red-ruffed lemurs in our Emerald Forest. Learn all about...

Up-Close Look: Lemurs <p>Join us for a chance to get an in-depth look at one of the most popular animals at the zoo &#8211; lemurs! This Up-Close Look begins with a guided tour of our resident ring-tailed and red-ruffed lemurs in our Emerald Forest. Learn all about the way Denver Zoo cares for these playful primates as you watch them leap and jump in their habitat. Your exclusive experience continues as you meet up with the animal care staff that work with lemurs every day. You’ll get the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in our nighttime exhibit and watch one of our resident aye-ayes receive a special treat.</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

VIP Adventure Package
Oct 27, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

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The Ultimate Zoo Lovers Gift For Zoo Lovers of All Ages Explore Denver Zoo like never before! The VIP Adventure Package is a perfect gift with a private Zoo experience hosted by an expert guide designed to get animal lovers up-close and...

VIP Adventure Package <p>The Ultimate Zoo Lovers Gift<br />For Zoo Lovers of All Ages</p> <p>Explore Denver Zoo like never before! The VIP Adventure Package is a perfect gift with a private Zoo experience hosted by an expert guide designed to get animal lovers up-close and behind the scenes with many of our most popular animals. From feeding giraffes to getting to know our llamas, lorikeets, okapis, and our charismatic resident otter family, this is a memory-making experience unlike any other. VIP Adventure guests learn firsthand how we care for our residents, meet members of our animal care team and see the Zoo from a very unique and exciting perspective. This is a full day experience, from 9AM &#8211; 2PM and includes snacks and a private, catered lunch.</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Zoo Lights
Nov 30, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019

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Always a memory-making sell-out, be sure to get your Zoo Lights tickets early. Zoo Lights, now in its 28th year and presented by your Hometown Toyota Stores, is Denver's premier light show spread across 60 acres with over a million bright...

Zoo Lights <p>Always a memory-making sell-out, be sure to get your Zoo Lights tickets early. Zoo Lights, now in its 28th year and presented by your Hometown Toyota Stores, is Denver's premier light show spread across 60 acres with over a million bright lights, animated animal sculptures, Santa and Mrs. Claus visits, animal encounters, exciting entertainment, and treats for kids of all ages. </p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Dec 9, 2018

Bunk with the Beasts
Dec 31, 2018

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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...

Bunk with the Beasts <p>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.</p> 2300 Steele St. Denver, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

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