When the grandkids were here we all made a trip to the zoo. This was my first visit to the Birmingham Zoo and a fine time was had by all. Although it was crowded, we were able to get up close to get good views of most of the animals.
Some of the empty cages were a disappointment – I was wanting to see a gorilla – but there were still plenty of animals to keep the five year old happy. He liked the turtles that were right near the entrance and we had to stop by to see them again on the way out.
The orangutan mommy and baby were entertaining to watch, as were the giraffes who seemed to be very friendly with each other. We missed the reptiles, but saw almost everything else.
Mid-morning, we took a break to eat a bit at the Safari Café. This very large covered outdoor area offers a nice reprieve. Everything is pricey, of course, but I had to buy some popcorn. The little one wanted some, and of course I ate my share, too.
Being an LSU alum, by daughter-in law especially liked the tiger, as did the two year old. We kept yelling, “Turn around, Tiger!” and he finally obliged us so we got some good pictures.
Since the kids were getting tired (this was after two days of hiking), we snuck them by the play fountain to take a ride on the carousel before leaving. On a hot day this water area would be a treat for little ones. There is also a play area near the primate area which is a fun place to get the wiggles out.
All in all it was a pleasant day at the zoo. Traffic was a little crazy at the entrance, but hopefully this will improve soon.
- If you want to save money, go on half-price Tuesday
- If you want to avoid crowds, don’t go on Tuesday
- Use sunscreen
- Take your time; go with your kids’ pace. It’s better to savor the moments than to try to see everything
- May is prime Field Trip time for schools