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“Great Country Zoo”
Review of Lehigh Valley Zoo

Lehigh Valley Zoo
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Owner description: Lehigh Valley Zoo is home to approximately 300 animal ambassadors representing 104 species, 36 of which are classified as endangered, threatened, or species of concern.
Montgomery, New York
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Great Country Zoo”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I was a little apprehensive at first about a Zoo 15-20 minutes away from Allentown City area. However the ride in was beautiful, with pretty farms and barns, then a windy road up a large hilltop. Coming into the small Zoo again made think we were in for a short and disappointing visit. HOWEVER, once in we were greeted by a wonderful Penguin exhibit. Then it was off down the uncrowded paths to visit many other wonderful animals, up close!!! You could almost touch the animals, and there was a diverse collection of them. Down the path we went was a small play area for the small kids, which mine enjoyed. Then back to the trail. Ostriches, Zebras, Otters, Camels, a rare wolf den, Eagles, Hawks and other large and small animals made this a wonderful experience. The food was good also. After leaving, we rode thru the ford in the river, an experience they had a sign up claiming "most kids remember this for the rest of their life" and they were right. It was fun and quite scary to my wife in our little Honda Accord. Then it was off on the Safari Ride thru acres of Elk, then many acres of roaming Bison. Great fun! The access to roads in and out of Zoo was quick and easy. If you want to enjoy 2-3 hours on a nice day, take this trip. It's open year round!!!

Visited October 2012
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Nice zoo”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Good place for the kids to see some exotic animals. Not as busy or overpriced as a big city zoo. Not as big either.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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82 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“Something for a Lazy Day, with lots of color.”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

It is not the same old Trexler Game Preserve.

I had seen Nuremberg's Zoo, and they have huge, tree covered lots that are divided in half. Once the space that the animal is on gets really worn, they just move the animal to the other side that is fully green and ready.

Lehigh Valley Zoo is reaching for that type of approach, but they have a ways to go. It is great for families and children, and the average couple (person) would probably see it every 3 years or so.
It has a flowing layout, that puts you in a slow pace. Plenty of benches in the right places, and the eating area is an absolute sea of colors.
Animals appear to be healthy, and taken care of. Nice picnic tables under the trees, and a food court is nearby. Please, do not forget your camera.

They have activities for both children and adults to participate in. By all means, this is not a large ZOO, but they do have things like "Sleep Over's" and other holiday activities. I think that it is a bit pricey. But still, if it is a diversion that you are looking for, this is not bad. They do incorporate lots of live flowers, that puts together a happy atmosphere.

If you are in New Jersey, and want to see two Zoo's that are worthwhile, try Cape May County Zoo (near Wildwood), or Turtle Back Zoo (central New Jersey).

Cape May County Zoo is as nearly shaded as one can get, and the animals seem to be happy and content there. Nice wooden walkways, makes the event less challenging for people with handicaps (if I recall correctly, there are no stairs). I have never seen this place crowded. And they only ask for donations.

Turtle Back Zoo is another story. If you are going on saturday or sunday, be there between 9 and 9:30 a.m. ( I believe that it opens up at 10 a.m.)

Allow time to find this place. It is not easy, and it is even more difficult to find your way back to the main highway. We had arrived there at 10 a.m., and we were the last ones to park our car in the lower area, at the main entrance to the zoo.

The asphalt walkways are challenging, and much more difficult for handicapped people. Plenty of benches along the way. Things for kids and adults alike. Lots of wild animals that I have never seen before. I will stop right here, because it is always better to discover this place for yourself.
Before I forget, there are several mulched pathways that will sooth your tired feet.

We stayed for about 3 hours, and it was a good thing that we did. The flood of families with strollers, coming from the parking deck, was like Moses leading the masses from Egypt.

The best of times to you, from Jerryandbarb8

Visited June 2012
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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“kids will love it”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

nice place to go with kids or without if you choose...not that expensive for the family..the whole family enjoyed it...specially the grandkids..

Visited August 2012
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Newton, New Jersey
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Nice day trip”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

My husband and I visited while we stayed at the Best Western Allentown Inn (also wonderful). It was fantastic to see the penguins, which we watched for at least twenty minutes. It's a great walk around the entire zoo to see all of the animals- really neat. And the preserve that it's situated on is really beautiful, too. I recommend it for a nice diversion if you're in the area or for a day trip from the Northern New Jersey area.

Visited November 2011
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