Themed Travel Experiences: Animal Attractions!

When planning your family’s travels, it can help to have themes, hobbies, or interests to guide you in determining your journey, your destinations, and the amazing list of things you see, do, and experience along the way!


What Does YOUR Family Enjoy?

National Parks

State Parks

National Wildlife Refuges

Historic Sites

Children’s Museums

Science Museums

Zoos, Aquariums, and Animal Attractions

Just to Name a Few!

The Best Animal Attractions in All 50 US States!


If you and your family love zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, nature centers, conservation facilities, and other incredible animal encounters, bookmark this page as we compile this list of:

The BEST Animal Attractions Across the United States!

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas California Colorado
Connecticut Delaware Florida
Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana
Maine Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri
Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey New Mexico
New York
North Carolina North Dakota
Ohio Oklahoma Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia
Washington West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming
Washington D.C.


  • The STATE NAME will take you to a collection of US Destination Guides for cities in that state!
  • The CITY NAME will take you to a list of ALL attractions in that city!
  • The ATTRACTION NAME will link you directly to that attraction’s website!
  • ADMISSION NOTES include links to Reciprocal Programs for Free or Discounted Admission if available! Click the link for more info on how to SAVE! **ALWAYS VERIFY CURRENT PROGRAM PARTICIPATION AND SPECIFIC RULES FOR ENTRY DIRECTLY WITH THE ATTRACTION
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  • A * indicates we have been here, but haven’t posted photos yet. Check back as we add more!

    ** Many links are still a work in progress… But we’re working hard every day to bring you more ideas!

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The BEST Animal Attractions Across the United States!

CITY / STATE ATTRACTION NAME NOTESOUR
VISITS
ARIZONA💜
Phoenix, AZPhoenix ZooAZA
Tempe, AZSEA LIFE Arizona AquariumAZA*
Tucson, AZReid Park ZooAZA
COLORADO
Pueblo, COPueblo ZooAZA
CONNECTICUT
Bridgeport, CTConnecticut’s Beardsley ZooAZA*
DELAWARE
Wilmington, DEBrandywine ZooAZA*
GEORGIA
Athens, GABear Hollow Zoo*
Atlanta, GAZoo AtlantaAZA*
IDAHO
Boise, IDZoo BoiseAZA
Idaho Falls, IDIdaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus ParkAZA
ILLINOIS
Bloomington, ILMiller Park ZooAZA
Chicago, ILLincoln Park ZooFREE
AZA
*
Decatur, ILScovill ZooAZA
Peoria, ILPeoria ZooAZA
Wheaton, ILCosley ZooAZA
INDIANA
Evansville, INMesker Park Zoo & Botanic GardenAZA
Fort Wayne, INFort Wayne Children’s ZooAZA
South Bend, INPotawatomi ZooAZA
IOWA
Des Moines, IABlank Park ZooAZA
Dubuque, IANational Mississippi River & AquariumAZA
KANSAS
Emporia, KSDavid Traylor Zoo of EmporiaAZA*
Garden City, KSLee Richardson ZooAZA
Hutchinson, KSHutchinson ZooAZA
Manhattan, KSSunset ZooAZA*
Salina, KSRolling Hills ZooAZA
Topeka, KSTopeka Zoological ParkAZA💜
Wichita, KSSedgwick County ZooAZA*
KENTUCKY
Louisville, KYLouisville Zoological GardenAZA
LOUISIANA
Alexandria, LAAlexandria ZooAZA
MARYLAND
Baltimore, MDThe Maryland Zoo in BaltimoreAZA
Salisbury, MDSalisbury ZooAZA*
MASSACHUSETTS
Attleboro, MACapron Park ZooAZA
Boston, MAFranklin Park Zoo (Zoo New England)AZA
Boston, MAMuseum of ScienceAZA*
New Bedford, MAButtonwood Park ZooAZA
Stoneham, MAStone Zoo (Zoo New England)AZA
MICHIGAN
Auburn Hills, MISEA Life Michigan AquariumAZA
Battle Creek, MIBinder Park ZooAZA
Detroit, MIDetroit Zoological SocietyAZA
Grand Rapids, MIJohn Ball Zoological GardenAZA
Lansing, MIPotter Park Zoological GardensAZA
Saginaw, MISaginaw Children’s ZooAZA
MINNESOTA
Apple Valley, MNMinnesota ZooAZA
Duluth, MNLake Superior ZooAZA
St. Paul, MNComo Park ZooAZA💜
MISSISSIPPI
MISSOURI
Eureka, MOEndangered Wolf CenterAZA
Kansas City, MOKansas City ZooAZA
Kansas City, MOSEA LIFE AquariumAZA*
Saint Louis, MOSaint Louis ZooFREE
AZA
💜
Springfield, MODickerson Park ZooAZA
MONTANA
West Yellowstone, MTGrizzly & Wolf Discovery CenterAZA
NEBRASKA
Lincoln, NELincoln Children’s ZooAZA
Omaha, NEOmaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & AquariumAZA
Scottsbluff, NERiverside Discovery CenterAZA
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Holderness, NHSquam Lakes Natural Science CenterAZA
NEW JERSEY
Cape May, NJCape May County Park and ZooFREE
AZA
*
Paramus, NJBergen County ZooAZA
West Orange, NJTurtle Back ZooAZA
NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque, NMABQ BioParkAZA
Carlsbad, NMLiving Desert Zoo & Gardens State ParkAZA
NEW YORK
Buffalo, NYBuffalo ZooAZA💜
Millbrook, NYTrevor ZooAZA
Niagara Falls, NYAquarium of NiagaraAZA*
Rochester, NYSeneca Park ZooAZA💜
Staten Island, NYStaten Island ZooAZA
Syracuse, NYRosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park AZA
Utica, NYUtica ZooAZA
NORTH CAROLINA
Asheboro, NCNorth Carolina Zoological ParkAZA
Asheville, NCWestern North Carolina Nature CenterAZA*
Atlantic Beach, NCNorth Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAZA
Durham, NCMuseum of Life and ScienceAZA*
Greensboro, NCGreensboro Science CenterAZA
Kure Beach, NCNorth Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherAZA
Manteo, NCNorth Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke IslandAZA
NORTH DAKOTA
Bismarck, NDDakota ZooAZA
Fargo, NDRed River ZooAZA
Minot, NDRoosevelt Park ZooAZA
Wahpeton, NDChahinkapa ZooAZA
OHIO
Akron, OHAkron Zoological ParkAZA
Cincinnati, OHCincinnati Zoo & Botanical GardenAZA
Cleveland, OHCleveland Metroparks ZooAZA
Columbus, OHColumbus Zoo & AquariumAZA
Cumberland, OHThe WildsAZA
Dayton, OHBoonshoft Museum of DiscoveryAZA*
Port Clinton, OHAfrican Safari Wildlife ParkAZA
Toledo, OHThe Toledo ZooAZA
OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma City, OKOklahoma City Zoo and Botanical GardenAZA
Tulsa, OKTulsa ZooAZA
OREGON
Portland, OROregon ZooAZA
Winston, ORWildlife SafariAZA
PENNSYLVANIA
Erie, PAErie Zoological SocietyAZA
Hershey, PAZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkAZA*
Norristown, PAElmwood Park ZooAZA
Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia ZooAZA
Pittsburgh, PANational AviaryAZA
Schnecksville, PALehigh Valley ZooAZA
RHODE ISLAND
Providence, RIRoger Williams Park ZooAZA*
SOUTH CAROLINA
Columbia, SCRiverbanks Zoo & GardenAZA*
Greenville, SCGreenville ZooAZA
SOUTH DAKOTA
Sioux Falls, SDGreat Plains Zoo & Delbridge MuseumAZA
Watertown, SDBramble Park ZooAZA
TENNESSEE
Chattanooga, TNChattanooga Zoo at Warner ParkAZA*
Knoxville, TNZoo KnoxvilleAZA*
Memphis, TNThe Memphis ZooAZA
Nashville, TNNashville ZooAZA*
TEXAS
Abilene, TXAbilene Zoological GardensAZA
Brownsville, TXGladys Porter ZooAZA*
Corpus Christi, TXTexas State AquariumAZA*
Dallas, TXDallas ZooAZA
El Paso, TXEl Paso ZooAZA
Houston, TXHouston ZooAZA
Lufkin, TXEllen Trout ZooAZA
San Antonio, TXSan Antonio ZooAZA
Tyler, TXCaldwell ZooAZA
Waco, TXCameron Park ZooAZA
UTAH
Salt Lake City, UTUtah’s Hogle ZooAZA
Salt Lake City, UTTracy AviaryAZA
VIRGINIA
Norfolk, VAVirginia ZooAZA*
WASHINGTON
Seattle, WAWoodland Park ZooAZA
Tacoma, WAPoint Defiance Zoo & AquariumAZA
WISCONSIN
Baraboo, WIInternational Crane FoundationAZA
Green Bay, WINEW ZooAZA
Madison, WIHenry Vilas ZooAZA
Milwaukee, WIMilwaukee County Zoological GardensAZA
Racine, WIRacine Zoological GardensAZA
WASHINGTON D.C.
Washington, D.C. Smithsonian National Zoological ParkFREE
AZA
*
CANADA
ALBERTA
Calgary, AlbertaCalgary Zoo AZA
ONTARIO
Toronto, OntarioToronto ZooAZA
QUEBEC
Granby, QuebecGranby Zoo AZA

SPGFAN FINE PRINT:

We do everything we can to ensure all information provided is current and up-to-date, but details, rules, policies, conditions, schedules, prices, and participation can and do change regularly, and you should ALWAYS contact or consult with each individual attraction to ensure the latest accuracy of details pertinent to your family’s travel needs.

We always do our best, but we cannot be responsible for changes or updates issued by the locations themselves.

Thanks for understanding!

Travel safely!

And have fun!

THANKS!


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