This zoo is definitely the best zoo my family and I have ever been to. (compared to the zoos in Minnesota and Arkansas.) We were quite impressed with all there was to see and experience. I'm just going to list a few observations that you may do well to be aware of.
- We went during the work week but there was still a lot of people there, so I can't imagine going on a weekend and would not recommend that.
-Try to get there when it opens and plan to spend the whole day there if you have kids with you. We spent a lot of time in the children's section with our toddlers. There's a fun little stream in the children's area that the kids can play in, it was pretty packed with little kids just wading in the water. (Its the kind of thing you want to take your shoes off for but not really deep enough to wear a swimsuit to.) All ages were in the water including babies. Unfortunately there were usually some bigger kids running around wildly and splashing everybody and I thought that was rude but certainly not the Zoo's fault.
-Definitely wear the most comfortable pair of shoes you own. I wore shoes that I thought were comfortable but my feet were still KILLING me by the end of the day. To get to one half of the zoo you have to walk through a tunnel and so if you need to go back to one end for some reason, you're in a for a lot of walking, the zoo seemed quite spaced out and parking isn't what I'd consider "close" either.
-Being pregnant and extra sensitive to the heat, I did have a dizzy spell and there were times that I would have appreciated more places to sit down as I ended up having to sit on the floor a couple times simply because my feet and legs needed to rest.
-I brought a cheap, small handheld fan/ water mister with me and that was a lifesaver. Definitely bring one of those with you if you go during the hot months! Most things are outside and there is not as much shade as I would have liked, and not a lot of exhibits are in air-conditioning (just the bugs and reptiles were indoors from what I noticed.) so it might be better not to go during the summer if you have a choice.
-Perhaps don't expect to see any tigers while you are there. We weren't able to find one and apparently we aren't the first to be unable to (reading another review on here.) Not a huge deal, but just don't get your hopes up is all.
-You're also in for spending a ton of money. There's the admission price of course, the parking cost, the food isn't cheap, feeding or riding any animals naturally costs extra money, souvenirs, the monorail, it all adds up. But at the end of the day even with our aching feet and empty wallets we still left feeling satisfied from our day at the zoo.
All in all, realistically I don't think the zoo could get much better than this and my family and I certainly recommend it!
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