First of all the zoo is very easy to find off the highway. The parking lot is a easy walk to the entrance of the zoo. This was important to us because we visited with my 81 year old mother who can't walk long distances. Upon entering the zoo, there is a nicely stocked store with items you may have forgotten at home. The stroller/wheelchair rental is very close to the entrance along with restrooms, sitting areas, etc.
The layout of the zoo is exceptional. The food areas are all centrally located throughout the zoo. We had lunch at the Kenya Café which was reasonably priced. The food was good and they offered healthy selections.
I especially enjoyed the Giraffe, Kangaroo, and Penguin/birdhouse habitat areas. Currently, there is a baby Giraffe and baby Koala Bear. This zoo is very educational compared with others I have visited. They have several scheduled feeding times posted.
This zoo also has a wonderful Botanical Garden which is exceptional. There is a tram ride to the garden which is included in your admission and very enjoyable. I love gardening and I really enjoyed this!
There is a children's area with train/pony rides and a carrousel. For the adventurer, there is also a sky-high ropes course and rock climbing wall. Extra fees are required for this.
The zoo is extremely clean and well thought out. If your in the area, you should definitely plan a visit to Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden.
VISITING TIP: IF YOU PLAN A VISIT ON TUESDAY, BRING TWO (2) NON-PARISHABLE ITEMS AND YOU SAVE ON ONE ADMISSION. THIS GOES ON FROM NOW UNTIL AUGUST 27, 2013.
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