The Phoenix Zoo remains the Valley’s go-to spot to look at animals, but Phoenix boasts more than one such place, and Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park offers its own unique experience. As its long name hints, it contains an impressive list of things to do.
The Zoo holds 600 animals from big cats to reptiles to kangaroos to a rare white rhinoceros. Get your dose of cute and cuddly at the Baby Animal Nursery or the Small Mammals of the World building (this place clearly knows its audience).
In addition to the zoo, tour the African Savannah in the Safari Park; see a range of North, Central and South American animals in Adventure Land — including buffalo, cougars and bears (“Oh my?”); visit the four-building Wildlife World Aquarium with fish, amphibians, invertebrates, reptiles, seals and the longest underwater acrylic tunnel in Arizona; plus there are rides for the family daredevils.
It also holds a Dillion’s KC BBQ restaurant that centers around a portion of the aquarium, so you can watch sharks swim past as you eat.
Location: 16501 W Northern Ave, Litchfield Park
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Zoo) and 9 p.m. (Aquarium), daily
Cost: $37 adults, $16 ages 3 to 12; $30 for combined ticket to LegoLand and Sea Life