Get there early and enjoy the zoo before it gets really busy. If it is cloudy, it is great- not as hot. My boys love the safari so we head straight back there and work our way forward. This zoo is free - donations very welcome. Only thing to be aware of is you cannot bring in snacks - we usually snack in the park/ playground just outside the zoo entrance. The parking is free. Bring your stroller or rent one. It's a nice 2 hour outing for our family. They also have a train ride, rock wall, and carousel outside zoo for a few bucks in season. We haven't done those because we're always ready to head back to the beach!