Troubadourable folk buddies Simon and Garfunkel once sang that "it's all happening at the zoo" before retiring from music to live out their days serenely basking in the reptile habitat. Get happening with music, mammals, and more with today's Groupon for tickets to Zoo Brew, an evening of live music and local drinks at the Blank Park Zoo. Choose from three options:
- For $11, you get two tickets (a $21.90 value).
- For $20, you get four tickets (a $43.80 value).
- For $39, you get eight tickets and one drink coozie (an $89.60 total value).
Zoo Brew tickets can be used across multiple visits.
Iowa's only accredited zoo, Blank Park Zoo houses more than 1,000 animals that represent more than 100 different species. Each Wednesday in June and July, the gates open at 5:30 p.m. for Zoo Brew, which showcases live music and local libations from area breweries, wineries, and distributors. Each week, visitors can wander the wild wonderland—to search for tigers, prairie dogs, giant geckos, black swans, exuberant grandpas in safari hats, and ring-tailed lemurs—while holding a different featured drink (not included in the Groupon) in their paw, with favorite beverages such Budweiser and margaritas also on hand. Meanwhile, those who opt for the eight-ticket package can fight over who gets to encase their drink in one zebra-print coozie to camouflage it from thirsty sparrows.
A diverse menu of musicians ensures that creatures are spared the pain of getting the same song stuck in their heads. Purchasers can buy up to three Groupons each, allowing them to potentially attend all nine events and take the time to finish Tic Tac Toe games with the red panda.
Admission to Zoo Brew is free for zoo members.
Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo educates the public about the wonders of the wild by re-creating far-flung habitats and ecosystems that house more than 1,000 animals and 104 different species ranging from Siberian tigers to hissing cockroaches. Zookeepers lead chats about animals and offer conservation tips, while exhibits include hands-on feedings that allow humans to go face-to-face or nose-to-beak with hungry giraffes and parakeets. Recent new arrivals welcome curious kids to commiserate with the growing pains and early bedtimes of young wallabies, camels, and seal pups, setting a foundation for learning that may be continued in classes designed for those aged 6 months to 5 years.
In addition to raising awareness about the environment, Blank Park Zoo contributes to conservation efforts to preserve the future of native animals and their natural homes. The zoo participates in seven endangered-species breeding programs and donates a portion of admissions proceeds to several different wildlife initiatives.
7401 SW 9th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50315