Phoenix Zoo’s Dinosaurs in the Desert

Author: Amy

Posted on: December 19, 2017


One of my favorite spots to take my kids to in the Metro Phoenix area is the Phoenix Zoo, located in Papago Park about 5 minutes north of Downtown Tempe. It’s a fun zoo, with lots of habitats to explore, and always something new to check out. There are also several attractions especially for the kiddos, such as two water splash pad areas, a big wooden fort house to climb on, a beautiful carousel, camel rides, a petting zoo and more. Their newest exhibit has received a gold start of approval from both of my kids – Dinosaurs in the Desert.

Dinosaurs in the Desert is a self-guided walking tour located near the back of the zoo. There is a fee of $4, in addition to regular zoo admission, to enter. Once inside you enter another world – the prehistoric land of the dinosaurs. Music sets the mood with the score from Jurassic Park playing in the background as you approach your first dinosaur. There are more than ten encounters, with most of the dinosaurs having some sort of animatronics. Guests will see a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Dilophosaurus, Brachiosaurus and many more creatures from before our time. One dinosaur even spits water on you. My 4 year old daughter loved it and insisted she stand there until appropriately soaked. My 2 year old didn’t love it so much and avoided it all together. To each their own! But I will tell you, the kids absolutely loved every moment! It’s a nice walk with a few inclines and declines and fairly easy to push a stroller through, although keep in mind it’s a dirt path so it can be a bit bumpy. It took us about 40 minutes to walk through, but could be much shorter or longer depending on how you take in the exhibit.

After the exhibit, we strolled around several other great spots of the zoo, and had a picnic lunch near the lake in the center of the zoo. We always make sure to see a few of our favorite monkeys, the lions and tigers, and of course the elephants!

Dinosaurs in the Desert is at the Phoenix Zoo now through April 30, 2018. You can purchase tickets at the gate, or in advance on their website.

Dinosaurs in the Desert

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