We have visited several zoos in the country (Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota). This zoo tops it all. I was very impressed with the zoo in many areas.(1) Kids love this place especially the Cheetah run. It was one of a kind experience. Make sure you check out the timings before you decide if you want to turn left or right when you enter. If you go left, you may enjoy the Gorilla encounter;we chose right because my kids wanted to see the Cheetah's run at top speed and close proximity. It was worth the money. (2) We enjoyed seeing the Giraffes at 2-3 feet proximity. The view is top down. You will see the animals from a tall tower/deck so that you can see the Giraffe's feeding. In most zoos, you have to look up and can barely see what the Giraffe's do. It was amazing to learn that their tongue is purple ! (3) The staff seemed pretty friendly. They would talk about the animals to the visitors and my kids enjoyed asking questions. (4) Take a cooler with some water bottles (water pressure at the fountains is not that great and some don't work) and food. There are some places to sit down and eat. I believe we stopped by the Rhino area and ate our lunch. (5) Easy to find zoo parking. Just pay attention to the streets and you can find your way to the parking. I read some reviews where folks could not find parking. They just need to pay atttention to the roads. It is bit of a walk which is typical when you go to a zoo. (6) The zoo is very windy with lot of uphills/downhills. Take breaks and go slow. It took us an entire day and we probably saw 60-70% of the animals/birds. It is definitely a 2-day adventure if you have the time. (7) Buy the tickets online and save a few bucks. (8) My kids enjoyed watching the Polar bear swim, Lions and Bears sleeping, Manatees swimming. (9) It was neat to see the leaf cutting ants work their way through the glass tubes. I can't remember which building. The butterfly exhibit was not all that great but the kids liked it. There are some neat and unusual animals in the reptile section. (10) Make sure you plan your visit and see the animals that interest your kids the most. My kids (ages 18 mo-7 yrs) were tired after 2-3 hours and were cranky. We followed the route. This may not be the best way to visit if you have little kids. Overall, it was well worth the money but our legs and feet hurt !
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