Located in City Park in Denver, Colorado, Denver Zoo is the place where education comes alive. Open every day, it is home to more than 4,000 animals representing 650 species, including Asian elephants, African lions, and Komodo dragons. With plenty of interactive exhibits as well as numerous animal feedings and shows, it is among Colorado's top cultural attractions. The impressive mixture of animals and models of dinosaurs around every corner lets every kid beam with joy and makes for great family photos.
There are 16 exhibits to gaze at in amazement, ranging from Bear Mountain to Giraffe Encounter to Tropical Discovery. Bear Mountain was the first habitat of its kind in North America benefiting from Hagenbeck's revolutionary zoo design. Without bars and fences, visitors can see the animals at eye level.
After 11 years of planning and construction, Tropical Discovery opened in 1993. It takes its visitors into the land of balmy jungles and coral reefs. Visitors, both young and old, will be thrilled by its colorful creatures, exotic fish, reptiles, and amphibians.
The annual Zoo Lights span through 70 acres of Denver Zoo's campus. Taking place in December, it is a great opportunity for guests of all ages to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. It is among Denver's most anticipated events full of nightly entertainment, meet-and-greets with Santa, illuminated animal sculptures, and encounters with the real ones.
Needless to say, Denver Zoo offers guided tours for its visitors. There are even free guided tours for veterans, which last about 90 minutes. The veterans' family members receive a discounted zoo admission. Student tours are as recommendable as up-close animal encounters, where you get the chance to get nose to beak with a penguin or to get the insider's scoop on elephants.