Top Zoos and Aquariums in Phoenix You Probably Didn't Know About - Kid 101

Top Zoos and Aquariums in Phoenix You Probably Didn’t Know About

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium, and Safari Park

Description: Visitors are always welcome at the Wildlife World Zoo to discover and learn about more than 600 species of animals from all around the world! This zoo features tons of animals to observe, a petting zoo to interact with animals, rides, and more! Tickets cost $39.99 + tax for a adults, and $19.99 + tax for children. Infants the age of two and under get in for free. For more information, visit their website online at

Location: 16501 W Northern Ave, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Contact: (623) 935-9453

Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM

Phoenix Zoo

Description: The Phoenix Zoo is open to all families and tourists to the area from 7 AM to 2 PM daily. With a wide variety of animals and species from around the world, this zoo is one of the most popular in the state. General admission for an adult is $24.95 and $14.95 for children. If you go online to you can purchase your tickets for slightly cheaper and get more information about what the Phoenix Zoo has to offer for you and your family.

Location: 455 N Galvin Pkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Contact: (602) 286-3800

Hours: 7 AM – 2 PM

Sea Life Arizona Aquarium

Description: At the Sea Life Arizona Aquarium you can be prepared to lay your eyes on many strange (and fascinating of course) species of marine life including sea stars, sharks, rays, octopus, and many more! For more information about the Sea Life Arizona Aquarium, you can visit their website at

Location: 5000 S Arizona Mills Cir, Ste 145, Tempe, AZ 85282

Contact: (855) 450-0558

Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM

Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM

Butterfly Wonderland

Description: Butterfly Wonderland is a huge butterfly conservatory near Phoenix, AZ with over 3,000 butterflies to observe and wonder upon. Online you can get a full schedule of upcoming events including children’s face painting, rainforest reptile talks, bee talks, and more. Check out their website at for more details.

Location: 9500 E Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Contact: (480) 800-3000

Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM

Dolphinaris Arizona

Description: At Dolphinaris Arizona guests have the opportunity to meet with new dolphins, share a handshake or kiss from a dolphin, learn about the fascinating species, and even get a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be a dolphin trainer for a day. You can gather more information about Dolphinaris Arizona online at

Location: 9500 E Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Contact: (480) 407-5154

Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM

OdySea Aquarium

Description: The OdySea Aquarium was just voted as the “Kids Best Indoor Entertainment”, and fulfills the entertainment requirements of children and parents from all around the country. OdySea Aquarium features 65 different exotic exhibits and 370 different species of marine life. With interactive and educational learning experiences kids of all ages will love spending the day here. For more information visit

Location: 9500 E Via de Ventura, Ste, A-100, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Contact: (480) 291-8000

Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 AM – 8 PM

Sunday 9 AM – 6 PM

The Ocean Floor

Description: The Ocean Floors is not only an aquarium filled with exotic fish, but it is also a pet (fish) store; which means that if you like what you see, you can buy! They also sell aquariums, supplies, accessories, and more. Be sure to check out their website online at for special deals, aquarium service and maintenance, and more about the business itself.

Location: 2347 W Thomas Rd Phoenix, AZ 85015

Contact: (602) 254-8252

Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM

Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM

MacDonald’s Ranch

Description: MacDonald’s Ranch is a horseback riding stable just north of Phoenix, AZ. Whether you’re a tourist, a family, or just a couple of non-experienced riders, MacDonald’s Stable has you covered to make sure your is visit the absolute best. Keep in mind that this ranch is closed during the middle of the day due to the heat, and you can also find more information about this riding stable online at

Location: 26540 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Contact: (480) 585-0239

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 7:30 AM – 10 AM & 5:30 PM – Sunset

Closed Mondays


Descriptions: For a fun night out at the Phoenix Zoo visit Zoolights! They have a variety of rides, concessions, vendors of all sorts, and so much more to experience. The lights are remarkable as well, and you can find information about this event online at, as well as hours of this event.

Location: 455 N Galvin Pkwy Phoenix, AZ 85008

Contact: (602) 286-3800

Trailhead Ranch Equestrian Center

Description: Trailhead Ranch is a horseback riding ranch open to the public for rides all throughout the day, depending on when you call. For rates, you also have to call, but you can find information about custom rides, breakfast rides, moonlight rides, and nature rides online at You’ll also find information about what Trailhead Ranch offers, and three separate photo galleries of past experiences.

Location: 35013 N 49th St Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Contact: (480) 488-2251

Hours: (call for hours)

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