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Denver Zoo | Hours, Zoo Lights, Tickets, Dining, Drinks, Animals

Denver Zoo


5 Things You Need To Know

Denver Zoo Hours

The Denver Zoo welcomes visitors daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with entry gates closing at 4:00 p.m. Please note that timed ticketing is in place, so it's essential to select your preferred time window when purchasing your tickets. 

Denver Zoo Lights

Denver Zoo Lights is a beloved holiday tradition, typically running from December 3rd to January 15th. Be sure to check the zoo's website for the official release date each year. This enchanting event transforms the zoo with over 1 million lights, offering a magical atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy cocktails, treats, and marvel at ice carving displays, making it a festive and memorable experience for the whole family.

2023 Denver Zoo Lights Information: 

Experience the enchantment of Denver Zoo Lights from 12/2/23 to 1/7/24. Sunday to Thursday, first entry at 5:00 p.m., last entry at 7:30 p.m., grounds close at 9:00 p.m. Friday to Saturday, last entry at 8:30 p.m., grounds close at 10:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20-28 for adults and $13-21 for kids. Immerse yourself in a magical holiday spectacle!


The Denver Zoo offers the following ticket pricing:

  • Adults (16-64): $24

  • Seniors (65+): $21

  • Kids (3-15): $18

  • Youth 2 and Under: Free

Dining & Drinks

The Denver Zoo offers a diverse range of dining and drink options for visitors to enjoy:

  • Cup & Cone: Offers coffee, beer, ice cream, breakfast, sandwiches, and pastries.

  • Samburu Grille: Provides lunch and dinner options such as burgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, soups, salads, and sandwiches.

  • Zoo Gardens Café & Beer Garden: Serves snacks, beverages, and craft beers.

  • Wildlife Plaza Snacks & Sips: Offers soda, beer, and quick snacks.

  • Brown Bear Restaurant: A BBQ joint.

  • Dippin’ Dots: Lorikeet Adventure: Provides snacks and Dippin' Dots ice cream.

  • Craft Food Truck: Specializes in specialty corn dogs.

  • Kamala Café: Offers Asian-inspired foods.

  • Scratch: Known for hot chicken dishes.

  • Giraffe Meadows Snacks & Sips: Provides snacks and beer.

Animals in the Zoo

The Denver Zoo is home to a fascinating array of popular animals, favorites include:

  • African Penguin

  • African Lion

  • Amur Tiger

  • Asian Elephants

  • Black Rhino

  • River Hippopotamus

  • Gorilla

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