Our grandchildren love to go to the Phoenix Zoo, and since their parents have become members, they get to go on a regular basis.
Today, we took the kids on our own...no parents to say "Yea" or "Nay" to ideas that sprung from the tiny mouths. First stop was the giraffe enclosure. Got to climb to the tower and look for the long necked critters. Then we went to ride the Safari Train. A "ChooChoo" to the conductor and we were off! It used to stop at several places along the way, but now it is a non-stop ride. This is one of the best ways to get to see the zoo and where you would like to go next. The line for the giraffe feeding was already getting started, so we decided to skip that attraction...the zip line also had quite a line forming (that was $10 a zip, so it was a no go for us). Want to ride a camel? You can do that here too!
What did our grandkids decide to do? Play on the playground behind the carousel and wade in the stream that flows under the treehouse and slide. They spent more than an hour splashing and running up and down the stream (it has a sandy shoreline and sandy bottom so there was no problem with stones or branches). Then we had lunch (hot dogs and hamburgers, what else!
By this time the 2 year old was starting to fall asleep while eating her hotdog, so we decided to pack it up and head home.
Too bad we did not get to see the rest of the animals or play in the splash pad areas, but we can save that for another day.
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