|Entrance to North American Side of North Carolina Zoo|
|Our Family on the Entrance Bridge|
All of the paths and walkways are completely covered by a canopy of trees and bamboo so we were able to stay cool and shaded from the sun.
|Giraffe 1 started peeing, |
Giraffe 2 leaned right in like it was a drinking fountain.
The kids loved it- gross.
|Elephants - They were all copper colored from the dirt.|
Conor: Watching the Otters Wrestle with Carrots
Kate: Flamingos or as Kate calls them Go Gos
Sean: It was so spread out- even though there were a lot of people there, it never felt crowded
Me: The shaded walkways
|Bradan, Bayli and Conor climbing on the bronze Rhino|
|Conor and Bradan climbing the giant bee|
|Conor and Bradan checking out the Elephant Tracking Helicoptor|
|Happy Kate :)|
|Checking out T-Rex's Teeth|
|Hiding in Eggs|
|Conor driving the Dinosaurs Jeep|
My camera died before we made it to the play area- which was themed with Giant bugs, spider webs, vines and leaves. Really cute and the kids LOVED it!
They are currently building a new Kid's zone area and large Polar Bear exhibit. We'll have to check it out next time!
Big thanks to the Wolfe family, who smuggled our children in on their membership and made it possible for Sean and I to purchase discount tickets. :) Our friend Jessica visited the website before going and got some great tips on touring the park- which were totally worth it so I recommend checking it out!
Overall- victory was ours. The kids were wiped out and still smiling even after 6 hours of walking and hard play.
|Kate Loved it|
This is probably one of the nicest zoos we have ever been to! It was very family oriented, clean and had lots of animals on exhibit. Overall for a family of 5, even if we had to pay for the kids- seems reasonably priced if you purchase the membership and use it at least 2 times a year.
- Adults: $12
- Children: $8
- Family Membership (2 Adults - 4 kids): $74 a year (this membership can be used at other partner zoos too!)
- Parking: FREE
- Concessions: Expect to be robbed blind. Pizza $4.75 a slice. Hot Dog $5. Dasani $3. They do sell whole pizza's for substantially cheaper- $20.99 (8 slices).I recommend packing fruit, snacks and water bottles. You can always refill them at the drinking fountain. You could bring juice flavor packets like Hawaiian Punch or Crystal Light. Way cheaper.
- Remember baby wipes, band-aids, hand sanitizer and sunblock. All of these are available at the gift shop- but you will pay out the nose.
- Bring binoculars for the kids- even just the play ones. Get each kid a map. Limits the bickering over who has the map and them asking you every 10 seconds what is next.
Good trip- I would give it 4.5 stars if I had stars to give or had some type of universal rating scale. We'll totally go again.