My grandchildren (pictured) LOVE this zoo, especially when Papa pulls them around it in his big red wagon. Founded in 1875, it is America's second-oldest zoo and is consistently rated as one of the top zoos in the nation. In these 75 acres are 500 animal species and 3,000 plant varieties, drawing 1.2 million visitors per year.
There is far too much at the zoo to list it all here. A few of our favorite sections are:
Wings of the Word
Lords of the Arctic (polar bears)
And there's a whole lot more, so you'd better plan to make a day of it. There are several fast-food restaurants, picnic areas, and shops within the zoo grounds.
The zoo is open year-round, but hours vary with the season. A special time to visit is just before Christmas when the place dances with a million twinkling lights.
If you are going to visit the zoo more than once, a family season pass is a good deal.
From I-71N take the Dana Ave. Exit and follow the signs, or from I-75 N take Mitchell Ave., Exit # 6, and follow the signs.