For being voted "The Best Zoo" by Parent's Magazine in 2009, I was VERY Disappointed. I kept wondering what year it was really voted the best. I took my 2 year old daughter and even she was not entertained. EVERY and I mean EVERY display that had any water in it was disgusting, smelly and just downright awful. I felt sorry for the animals having to use it. We went on a Tuesday, so it was not busy at all, which was the only perk. With that being said, since it was a Tuesday, not all attractions were open, if that's the case, the price should be lower during the week in my opinon. It had also rained earlier in the morning, but we arrived later in the afternoon, hours after the rain had stopped, they had a Dora the Explorer bouncy house that my daughter was SOOO excited to jump in, but suprise... it was closed, but there was a worker sitting on a bench next to it telling us it was closed because it was wet inside, sitting beside her was a pile of folded dry towels, which I'm assuming she was suppose to be using to dry it out but was being too lazy to do so. Almost every ride my daughter wanted to ride was either closed or broken. Food WAY too expensive also, spent $18 on 2 hot dogs, 2 bags of chips, water and a sprite. Splash area for kids is pathetic and also dirty. Only thing we liked was petting the Stingrays. Will never be back again. I live in Knoxville, TN and our zoo is 10x's better, perhaps Parent's Magazine should visit there!!
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