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Explore the Shore

Explore the Shore Play Area

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Come visit Denver Zoo’s Explore the Shore play area between the polar bear and sea lion habitats, next to the Northern Shores Café. Themed around the Pacific Northwest, the play area features a tidal pool with a shallow stream perfect for splashing and cooling off on warm summer days. Kids can catch pinecone fish like a bear or build a dam like a beaver. The play area also features a sand digging area, a climbing web, and rock structures for exploring. This fun and interactive area provides a space in the zoo where kids can be adventurous and active, and cool off from the summer heat. Explore the Shore is staffed in the summer months with Play Facilitators to lead activities that encourage kids to interact with their environment through nature based experiments and experiences. Stop by and see what’s splashing!

The sand pit, climbing web, and rock structures are open year round weather permitting. The water play area is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Swim diapers recommended for the water play area.