solar canopy and headed straight to a watering hole for a rainbow slushy. Don't judge.
Having a zoo membership is the best way to experience all they have to offer by taking off the pressure to see it all in one day. My son and I leisurely strolled at our own pace for a couple of hours. It's also nice that our membership covers parking and unlimited rides on the Zoo Train. See Membership options
Another great membership perk is free or discounted admission to more than 100 zoos... something I definitely plan to take advantage of this year. I have never visited any zoo besides our own here in the Queen City!
It's so worth while to get to the zoo early. Not only did we get great parking and avoid crowds, all the animals seemed very active. The polar bears were splashing and thrashing, which reminded us of one of our favorite books.
After visiting the giraffe exhibit, we headed to the Cheetah Encounter show, which I found impressive. Before watching cheetahs race through the yard--the main event--the guides brought out several other animals including an ocelot and a giant porcupine. The guides bantered back and forth and promoted the zoo's cell phone recycling program by having a red river hog demonstrate.
I can't wait for our next early morning trip to the zoo.