-It's Close- It only takes us about 5-10 minutes to get there and there is always parking. So we can come whenever we want.
-It's small- This may seem like a weird reason to like a zoo. It is big enough to have all the animals the kids really care about but not so big that you have to spend the whole day there. You can see the elephants, giraffes, gorillas, bears, rhinos, lions, tigers etc. All in an hour. If you feel like spending more time there then you can spend time in the reptile house or places we normally avoid.
Don't you love how Spencer is standing on Garret's feet to see the Giraffe?!
-Digging- In the summer they have a big sand pit that if you dig in there are fake dinosaur bones at the bottom. The kids love it.
-Zoo Pass- For 80 dollars our whole family (plus a guest) can go the zoo as many times as we want. The zoo pass also gives us carousel rides, train rides, free parking and extra guest passes (plus discounts at other zoos and aquariums).
-It's never busy. (That's not true it is busy the last week of school when all the kids are on field trips there). Typically, there is no pushing shoving, worrying about lost kids, fighting to see the animals or the stress of the crowd.
-History- it's the third oldest zoo (in the US) so it's historical in that sense and it's historical to us- it's our zoo. It's the one we come to, the one we have come to so many times now. The kids know lots of the animals names, they know what time some of the animals are fed, they know when an animal dies, where everything is and they often say "remember when we went to the zoo and..." .
We had a great afternoon at our zoo!!!
This picture doesn't really have anything to do the with zoo but I think Adele looks pretty funny in it- Gotta love double chins!!!