Sunday, August 9, 2009

Giving the Zoo a Second Chance

We decided to give the zoo another try since our first experience, while not terrible, was not great as it also required a lot of work as far as transportation goes. This time around we decided to go to a different zoo closer to home involving a short drive, free parking and no schlepping on public transportation taking well over an hour each way.

This turned out to be a much more relaxed trip even with my broken toe. Sometimes it's nice to experience historic landmarks or major events, but it is also worth considering local attractions and those with less fanfare as they may be just as fun and easy for parent and child. This is what worked for us and may work for you.

The great news is that this zoo experience with Sarah was indeed much more memorable and fun. Not only did she ride on a pony (very, very cool), which I was so excited to see and expected her to run in the other direction from, she also had a great time feeding crackers to alpacas, donkeys and goats in the children's section of the zoo.

It was rather amazing to see Sarah, instead of running away from the animals, running right towards them. She was giggly, happy and enjoying herself, giving crackers to the animals who were gracious for the treats. And, we were so amazed at her fearless nature and desire to want to get up close and personal with the animals we thought she would otherwise be afraid of. In fact, the animals were likely more afraid of Sarah than the other way around.

This zoo experience has definitely been given two thumbs up, or as my husband likes saying, two hooves up. One very important tip I recommend, arrive early before all the crowds get there as it will make for a more enjoyable experience.

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