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.
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