Monday, February 21, 2011
If you're looking to get the cabin fever-crazed kids out of the house for winter break, why not take them to the zoo? We go to the zoo every winter. :D It's less crowded and the admission is very low, if charged at all. Utica Zoo in Utica, NY, has free admission up until April 2nd, where you can visit the animals and hike some of the trails in the back, weather permitting (bring your own snowshoes). Some animals may not be visible, as they may be "in hiding" during the cold weather (winter is certainly an effective best weight loss supplement for certain critters!). But when we go, it seems like the camel and the donkeys and the seals are especially friendly. Unfortunately, both tigers died, so that cage is empty. :( I hope they get tigers soon. The bald eagle there is amazing-- he's huge! Definitely worth visiting.
The Rosamond-Gifford Zoo in Syracuse has reduced admission during winter break. Admission is $4 for adults (19-61), $2 for youth (3-18) and $2.50 for seniors (62+). Children two years old and younger are free. Good prices, and the penguins are out, winter or no winter!
If you don't live in the Central New York area, check with your nearest zoo and see if they offer reduced or free admission during the winter. You might just have a great time!!