I live close to the world class San Diego Zoo, undisputed top of the line, yet when I experienced the Dallas Zoo, I was enchanted! We went for my little grandson's 2 year birthday, it was the perfect day. I recommend getting there as close to opening time as possible, we found parking and it was uncrowded and not too hot. The little children's area has a very popular pony ride, our little guy rode him twice, the handlers are great with little children! There's a petting zoo, (Watch the goats, they WILL try to eat your clothes), exploratorium indoors, Koi Pond, a carousel and other fun. The other must-see for us was the feeding of the giraffes, you can buy some pre-washed romaine lettuce and actually feed it right to the giraffes, endless fun for little and old alike! The safari cafe near the big cats is great, you can go right up to the thick and safe glass walls and "high five" the sleeping lions. They are literally sleeping right up next to the window/wall, awesome for all of us to measure our hands against the lions' paw. Good food, although you can take a cooler and have your lunch right at the zoo, they have a nice, grassy picnic area. We didn't stay long, so didn't really visit the entire zoo, but bought the family yearly pass so can go as much as we want in the future, it was a good deal and entitles you to other discounts at other fun locations, plus supports the Zoo itself. Don't know what summer will be like, guessing you can only go in the evening, March was perfect, January and February have super cheap admission prices too. Has a cool monorail, we didn't go, as there was a 45 minute wait and that's too long with a little toddler, we'd go first thing next time. A great zoo!
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