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When I first moved to San Antonio, I was excited to explore this beautiful city. When most people think of San Antonio, the first things that come to mind are the many historical sites that are home to this beautiful city. Some attractions tend to get overlooked, let’s not forget the home to over 9,000 animals. The San Antonio Zoo is a must see while in town. Bring your kids, friends, parents and grandparents! Who doesn’t love a fun and educational day at the zoo? You can even get a family pass for just $90 and it will last you endless trips for the entire year (because the Zoo is open for 365 days).
There are 8 exhibits in this 56-acre Zoo. Personally I enjoyed each exhibit BUT if I had to choose a favorite it would be Africa Live! I love to see the hippos and crocodiles through the underwater windows; you get to see these enormous animals up close and personal. The African plains are also a must see. Here you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the Zebra’s and antelope. Seeing these animals has always made me question, are they black with white stripes or white with black stripes…? What do you think? We made our way over to the tropical animals in the Amazonia exhibit. The monkeys were SO adorable. Of course, they had a few lions and tigers as well.
If you love birds as much as I do, make sure you check out Lory Landing. This rainforest-inspired room is full of different kinds of parrots that will come right up and land on your hands! If you buy some nectar from the store, they will come up and drink the juice! I also really enjoyed the Butterfly room. It’s amazing how beautiful these tiny little creatures are. They also tend to land on you, so that’s pretty cool.
Your kids will love some of the fun rides that the Zoo has to offer. The Zootenial Carousel was built in honor of the Zoo’s 100th birthday. Give you kids a chance to ride one of the 60 hand painted animals. Another popular ride is the train right outside of the park entrance. The Zoo Train has been open since 1956 and takes you through a ride in one of San Antonio’s most popular parks. This is something that the entire family could enjoy together.
For all of you tech savvy people out there, the Zoo also has an app that will help you plan your visit and navigate throughout the day. I purchased my tickets with the app and then continued to use the app to give me some fun facts as I arrived at different exhibits. It also made it a lot easier to catch each of the daily encounters, telling me when and where they were happening. So glad the days of keeping up with a map are over, thank you technology!
After you leave the San Antonio Zoo, don’t forget to stop by San Antonio Pet’s Alive right across the street. This no-kill animal shelter is home to many dogs and cats that are in need of a loving home. You can even get some volunteer hours in and help out this great organization!