A trip to the zoo is fun for all ages. Here are some planning tips to help you get the most from your visit.
Go online and spend some time studying the zoo’s layout, making a list of must-see exhibits. When you plan your route you make better use of your time at those must-see places. This is also a great way to have a plan B in case it rains.
If you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, opt for visiting the zoo early in the school year when school field trips aren’t as likely. Avoid weekends and holidays too.
The early bird gets the worm where a zoo visit is concerned. Animals are more active in the morning. Get to the zoo early and you’ll not only beat the crowd, but get a better view too.
Check the zoo’s policy about bringing in food. Packing a lunch and drinks can save you money.
Be sure to talk to your kids about safety and not breaching barricades. No place is 100% safe.
If you go to a petting zoo, be sure to wash up after contact with these animals. Hand sanitizer isn’t enough. If you have smaller children, best to stow their bottles, pacifiers and other items before going in to pet the animals.
Finally, teach you kids to respect the animals, that tapping on the glass and throwing their food in the animals’ areas is not good for them.