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Phoenix Zoo – What to Know Before You Go

The Phoenix Zoo has more than 3,000 animals, which include almost 400 species represented.  Also, some of these are endangered or threatened species of animals.  The zoo was founded in 1962 by Robert Maytag.  This facility, located on 125 acres of land in Phoenix, in the Papago Park area.  Additionally, the Phoenix Zoo is the largest privately owned, nonprofit zoo of its kind in the United States.

ZooLight Dates

For the 2019 – 2020 Holiday season, ZooLights will be open from November 27, 2019, to January 19, 2020

Not Just Animals!

The zoo not only offers the typical animals to see, but there are also many educational camps and programs offered throughout the year.  And, at the zoo, you will also find gift shops with unique items.  This is a great place to find a unique animal-themed gift.

Also, there are cafes, various food and drink stands throughout the park.  With the Monkey Village, Safari Train, and Giraffe Encounter, there is something for everyone!  The Zoo is also handicap accessible.

The Zoo also offers the highly anticipated Phoenix Zoo lights during the holidays, to the delight of Phoenix residents and visitors alike.  Also, the zoo is open 364 days a year – closed for Christmas.




455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008




Hours By Season for the Phoenix  Zoo

January 14 – May 31
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (daily)
June 1 – August 31
7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (daily)


There are nearly four million lights and 700 light sculptures at ZooLights. Of course, there’s holiday music as you stroll through the park.  Throughout the park, you will find vendors with hot and cold beverages.  Nothing like a great cup of hot chocolate as you take in the light displays.

Don’t miss the camel rides!  The lights twinkle around the zoo lake, which has light displays (don’t miss the hopping frog!). There are light sculptures of various animals.  Look for “bat” lights in the trees along with “light birds”. floating above. 
Everywhere you look you will be delighted with the festive displays. You will see lights on the trees reflecting into the lake. When you are done with this section, cross over to the Arizona Trail where there is a higher concentration of beautiful lights.


Consider Zoo Membership and Save Money!

The Zoo can be an affordable option throughout the year.  Consider a membership for the Zoo so you can take advantage of the many Zoo programs end events.

Check the Zoo website before your visit for any changes to any schedules, ticket prices, or show closures.  And, Since you will be outdoors all day, please dress accordingly.

Depending on the weather forecast and time of year, visitors may want to bring an umbrella, sunscreen, or hats for the summer sun.  For holiday ZooLights, you may want to have warm hats, gloves, and jackets. 

Food and drink may be purchased at the park. However, the Zoo permits you to bring in a cooler and enjoy at picnic tables within the Zoo.

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Phoenix ZooLights
Papago Park, 455 N Galvin Pkwy,,Phoenix,Arizona-85008
Starting on
November 27, 2019
Ending on
January 19, 2020
The Phoenix Zoo comes alive with a festive Christmas display every year. There are lights in trees, decorating the walkways and providing everyone a joyful holiday experiec=nce. The evening experience allows you to see animals and man zoo light displays.
Offer Price
usd 18.95

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