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Austin Zoo

Our family enjoys visiting zoos in other states, you never know what you are going to find.  In Florida most zoos offer a water feature type playground.  In the Midwest its the standard child’s petting farm that we see.  In Austin the highlight was the animal feedings.

I purchased a Groupon for admission for two to the zoo and assumed we would pay for Daughter once we arrived.  Someone had a Groupon for more than their party and it was shared with us.  Very nice and appreciated!

Austin Zoo is a rescue zoo and many of the animal plaques tell you not only about the animal but where they were before coming to the Austin zoo.  While it might not have all the normal zoo animals it offers a great variety!  Lots of monkeys and less reptiles, works for me!

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We visited on a Monday morning.  The zoo was about half an hours drive from our hotel in Austin and its a very easy drive!

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Wild Lights at Detroit Zoo

I love zoos and Christmas lights. So any combination is a great thing in my book! Last December we met up with my sister at the Detroit Zoo for the Wild Lights display.  We purchased our advance tickets at a local Kroger store that morning.

From their website:


For 24 nights beginning November 22, 2014

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities for guests of all ages. More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and more than 100 animal sculptures throughout the front of the Zoo. Wild Lights will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. November 22-23 and 28-30 and December 5-7, 11-14, 18-23 and 26-31. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, ice carving and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit will add to the festivities. Seasonal refreshments, Wild Lights souvenirs and photos with Santa “Paws” (until December 23) will be available for purchase.

The Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat and Jane and Frank Warchol Beaver Habitat will be open during Wild Lights; the remainder of the animal habitats and buildings will be closed.

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Smithsonian National Zoo to see the Pandas

We took the metra train to the zoo on the red line.  We exited at Cleveland park walking downhill sort of to the zoo. Directly across the street from the zoo entrance is a 7/11 for that coffee fix.

Our plan was to head to the pandas first thing. Which seemed like a good idea but they were not aware of our plan and were sleeping instead.  We poked around for a few and spent some time by the elephants and the bird house area.  Came back and the pandas were still not stirring.


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The Hare Brained Road Trip Continues – Milwaukee County Zoo

We had a zoo membership that has AZA reciprocal admission so we used the pass at the Milwaukee County Zoo.  We had stopped at the Jelly Belly Visitors Center in the morning so it was around noon when we arrived at the zoo. It was hot enough that we debated even going to the zoo or waiting for the next morning to visit. Since it was supposed to rain the next day we put on our sunscreen and hit the zoo.

Our admission was free for the three of us but parking was still $12.  IF we had paid admission is $14.25 for adults and $11.25 for kids ages 3-12.  We would have paid $51.75 for the three of us to visit the zoo, glad I paid $12.

As I said it was hot, so we alternated into buildings whenever possible.  In spite of the heat the animals were very active.


We stepped into buildings to break up the heat.


The hippo had the right idea, we needed to cool down somehow.

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Tampa Lowry Park Zoo

We visited the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo in the fall just before Halloween.  We used our AZA pass to save 50% on the entry price.  (American Zoo and Aquarium Association pass from our local zoo)  Normal entry is $24.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids 3-11, parking was free.


That price is a little hefty for a zoo but this zoo includes the rides free in its admission.  They have a Gator flume ride, the tiger roller coaster, flying bananas, train ride and carousel included in the ticket. We visited during the week and I think Daughter rode the flume ride five times with little wait.



The zoo is rather large with a newer safari area and wallaroo station.  We visited on an animal enrichment day. The animals were given Halloween treats to enjoy. Pretty much this consisted of pumpkins but it was fun to watch the animals especially the elephants and tigers.












The tigers were so fun to watch with their pumpkins. They drug them up from the water onto the land for a while and they would roll back into the water. They would try to sink them and the pumpkins would pop back up.


We really enjoyed our zoo visit!



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Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida

We purchased a Groupon for a Brevard Zoo membership, I paid $51.  I knew we were planning a trip to Florida to that area and this would be a good value for our family.  They are an AZA affiliate zoo (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) so my membership has reciprocal at many zoos and aquariums.  Normal admission is $16 for adults and $12 for children, we would have paid $44.



Feed the Giraffes for $2, much cheaper than other zoos we have visited!




Feed the Lorikeets for $1.

It started out simple enough…


But then his friends noticed the nectar..


She handled it well but didn’t appreciate the one that landed on her head.


Seed sticks are $1.


But maybe the best part for kids is the splash zone.  The zoo had a water area for the kids included in the price.



We loved this zoo. The staff was so friendly, they told us stories of the animals in their care and how they came to be at the zoo. We asked about hurricanes and the animals.  We spent several hours at Brevard Zoo and will visit again.

And the best part was our AZA zoo membership was good for a year. We visited Tampa Zoo, Milwaukee Zoo and others on the one purchase.

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