Dallas Zoo

13 Sep

Why, oh why, has the Dallas Zoo gotten such a bad rap??  My whole life, all I ever heard was that the Dallas Zoo was a cruddy excuse for a zoo that paled in comparison to the glamorous Fort Worth Zoo.  While that may have been the case in the past, things have definitely changed.

The Dallas Zoo is a huge, wonderful place where you could spend all day and still not see everything.  You will definitely need a map to navigate the 95 acres of wilderness and exhibits there.

As with many places, memberships are a great way to get the most bang for your buck.  All members get free parking.  Some membership options also get you free pony rides, free carousel rides, and free monorail tickets.  Since you can bring in your own food, you could easily spend the day there without spending a dime!

The kids’ area is always the highlight of our visit – on some trips to the zoo, we never leave it.  There’s a petting zoo, pony rides, feeding birds (seed sticks and live worms!), a duck pond, a giant outdoor fish tank, a playground, and a stream for splashing and playing.  My son’s favorite is the Discovery House – a science house where you can read books about animals, learn about nature, and do crafts.  There’s also a building called the Nature Exchange.  Kids can bring in items from nature and exchange them for other nature items of a similar value.

The newest exhibit, Giants of the Savanna, is 11 acres of wide-open space dedicated to African animals like lions, giraffes, elephants, zebras, and cheetahs.  Be sure to check out the daily schedule of keeper encounters and animal feedings!  Getting up close and personal with lions is an experience you’ll never forget.

The Dallas Zoo also hosts quite a few weekend family events.  Check out their website for their full schedule of events, as well as prices and hours:

www.dallaszoo.com

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