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“Rained out!”

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Ranked #6 of 20 things to do in Gulf Shores
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: In late 2019, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo will become 'The Little Zoo That Grew' when we move to our new 25-acre home! The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is home to more than 600 exotic animals including lions, tigers, macaws, reptiles, kangaroos, lemurs, sloths to name just a few. The Zoo features a petting zoo along with seasonal animal encounters, a new mining sluice and interactive animal shows during the spring and summer months. The Zoo is the highest ticked attraction in Baldwin County and welcomed more than 175,000 visitors in 2017. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is open every day of the year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The admission fee is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors (55+), $8 for kids 3-12 and kids age 2 and under are free. The mission of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is to create compelling experiences that connect people and community with wildlife and inspire personal responsibility for conservation of the natural world.
Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

On Labor Day, we woke up, got ready, drove an hour and a half bypassing Gulf Breeze Zoo (where we are season passhders) and were sorely disappointed. It was pouring when we arrived to Gulf Shores. There was a 40% chance but that is the forecast every day during late summer. We encountered no rain until about 5-10 mins away. First the GPS led us astray. The Zoo is hard to find and few signs are posted. In a downpour with a highway packed full of cars exiting the beach, it was not easy. Once we arrived, the parking lot was a muddy gravel pit. So we sat in our car waiting for the rain to pass and as it seemed to get lighter, we started walking towards the entrance. We were told the zoo was closed and wouldn't open until 30 mins after the last lighting strike. Ok, I get it, you can't help the rain and lightning isn't safe but keeping twin 2yos occupied an 1.5 hrs from home waiting on the rain to stop only lasts so long. 30 mins to wait after the last lightning strike to admit people in the zoo seems excessive. We waited probably 30-1hr. So we went back towards home and just stopped for a nice lunch instead. My advice? If there is any chance of rain, find something else to do. A lot of bummed out kiddos and parents were leaving when we did. Maybe we'll try to return in the winter on a day with no rain predicted.

Thank Sara H
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"baby kangaroos"
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"big cats"
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"kangaroo encounter"
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"feed the animals"
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"animal food"
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"reptile house"
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"pay extra"
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"animal planet"
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"perfect size"
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This little zoo is tucked in off of Rte 59. It's a bit hard to find, could be better advertised, but a decent place to take little ones, when you need a break from the beach. Area is clean, several stations had workers to interact with. For $5 in addition to the entry fee, kids can have an encounter with a kangaroo, lemur, or tortoise. We saw peacocks and a white bunny roaming free. You can probably see the whole zoo in an hour or less, or choose to linger at some of the exhibits.

Thank 206JanF
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Zoo was not too big, but it had a variety of animals. The monkeys were playful and funny to watch. We don't have small children, but they had a nice little play area for them. Allow one to two hours for visit.

Thank Lee Ann H
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Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

It was very hot and my pregnant cousin and I came to visit because we wanted to see the kangaroos and lemurs! We didn't stay much longer after we did those 2 things, but the enjoyment of being able to pet and take pictures with these animals were all that we needed! It was a highlight of our trip to the beach that we weren't even expecting! I just wish it wasn't so hot so we could enjoy the whole zoo. I can't wait to go back and visit, everyone was super friendly! It's a must do!

Thank Burgerlover72404
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

This isn't some big, fancy zoo but it is nice. You can pay for food to feed a lot of the animals which I loved. For $10 I got to play with Ricky and Rosie (my two new lemur friends). Getting to play with them was the highlight of my visit to the zoo. The admission price was reasonable. I would definitely go back!

Thank Brachears
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