Friday, April 27, 2018
A small, cozy zoo with some upsides and downsides. The downsides first: the parking lot is mostly just gravel and grass, so it's a mud pit after a recent rain. Bring mud boots if it rained in the last day before visiting. If you visit during a field trip day (like a Friday), expect the zoo to be, forgive me, a zoo. Hundreds of child running and screaming. I don't mind this at all, and the heroic teachers keep them in check, but be warned if you don't like crowds. The zoo is quite small though they have plans for expansion. The exhibits can be sad if you consider the living arrangements of the animals. This is not a big city zoo, so you won't find elaborate habitats here.
The upsides: you can get reasonably close to all of the animals here, especially the giraffes. The zoo is clean and decently kept. It's very easy to navigate and there are fun activities for children like a carousel, train ride, and more (for extra $$). There is a small restaurant with hot dogs and the like near the entrance, and there are tons of picnic tables nearby. Bathrooms are also near the entrance (the only ones in the zoo, I think). There is a cute gift shop near the entrance as well. Overall, I think this is a fun trip for the family, especially for younger kids. For older children, a day trip to the national zoo in DC is what they need.