We've taken our children here (6, 4 and 1) for the past five years, our most recent visit being in December of this year. Here's what you need to know:
1. It's a classic hillside zoo. Wear sneakers and plan on walking
2. Weekend are CROWDED. Go on a weekday or off season.
3. Observation areas are smallish- again go on a weekeday to see the animals.
4. Go EARLY. Mid afternoon to early evening, the animals are not very active.
5. Bring your own food/drinks. Vending machines are $2.50 for a soda, eating areas are crowded and overpriced. You can easily frop $50-$60 on food if you don't plan
6. Nice play area for the kids, including a playground. Petting zoo and Sting ray attraction allow for up close and personal interaction wtih the animals.
7. Review the zoo site for special programs. The zoo offers overnight stays for families and group as well as up close and personal encounters with the animals. All are well worth the fees.
8. Zoo offers AAA discounts as well as discounted tickets through the local Giant Eagle (grocery store) in the summer months.
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