Nearly every city in America has its own zoo and while many are nearly identical to one another, others are much more extravagant and unique. While zoos seem like – once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all, but these definitely deserve a visit, do it for your kids!
10. Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana -
9. St. Louis Zoo in Saint Louis, Missouri -
8. Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois - One of America’s only free zoos,
7. Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida – Ranked by Parent Magazine as the #1 zoo in America for kids,
6. The Memphis Zoo in Memphis, Tennessee -
5. Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona - The largest non-profit zoo in the United States, the Phoenix Zoo is a 125-acre complex with over 1,200 animals. Be sure to experience the “touch” tank called Stingray Bay. Another fun element of this huge zoo is that it is a great place to work out, bring your rollerblades and bicycles! Standard admission is $16.
4. Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, Florida – The nation’s original open-road animal attraction is still considered the bestir by many Americans. Enter in your own vehicle and drive through the zoo with over five miles of road, more or less at your own pace. While certain animals such as lions and chimpanzees must be contained in fences for their safety and yours, others including zebras and giraffes roam freely and may even hold you up if they decide to take a rest on the road, just try to let the giraffe stick its head in your car – they will lick you! Standard admission is $24.
3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida - This zoo/theme park is fully-accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, confirming many doubts about the ethical treatment of their animals. The Africa section of the park features a variety of walking trails and the KIlimanjaro safari ride that takes you through the natural looking habitats of a variety of African animals. This place puts the Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise to shame!
2. San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California - The most popular attraction in San Diego is known worldwide for being extraordinary. Standard admission is $35. With over 4,000 animals and 880 species to see, there’s truly something for everyone. Be sure to check out the Giant Panda exhibit, one of only four in the country.
1. Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio – While it is one of the only attractions in the area that is really worth seeing, I would definitely go out of way to visit this phenomenal zoo. Arguably America’s favorite zoo, the Columbus Zoo opened in 1927 but has garnered more attention in recent years thanks to celebrity animal expert Jack Hanna. In addition to 7,000 animals, this zoo also has its very own water park, amusement park, and golf resort.