This past weekend, we crossed another item off our bucket list. We visited the NC Zoo in Asheboro, NC. We originally tried to plan this trip for Father’s Day weekend, but couldn’t get a hotel room anywhere in town. We stayed at a Fairfield Inn and the night before the zoo was pretty tough. I took the toddler swimming, hoping he’d fall asleep earlier. He didn’t fall asleep until almost 10:30. And he woke up around 6:30.
Quick savings tip about the NC zoo: We bought general admission tickets. I read somewhere they gave discounts for AAA members, and we got $1 off each ticket. We paid $29 for two adults and one child. I just had to ask about the AAA discount, and showed my card (even though my card showed an expired date – I know I renewed it in May, I just haven’t received the new card.) Just ask about discounts!
We arrived at the zoo a few minutes before they opened at 9 a.m. We started with the Africa side, knowing they were the animals our son would be most interested in (it was also World Giraffe Day. I was excited about the giraffes.)
Did you know that lions sleep up to 21 hours a day? We were just lucky that this one (and his lioness – not pictured here – )were sleeping out in the open.
I love that gorillas are into baby wearing. (I used to love wearing my baby around!)
Sorry (not sorry) for the overload of photos. The exhibits were great. Most were large enough that they had signs warning visitors that you may not see the animals. Either the exhibits were very large, or the animals had the option of going back indoors. (It was warm. The polar bears did not want to be outside!)
I love large zoos that try to mimic the animal’s natural habitat.
In several sections, there were statues, playgrounds or play areas for kids. We let our boy play a bit in between walking. There was so much walking.
Right after seeing the flamingos (which now ranks as one of my favorite exhibits), we walked indoors to look at the birds…and my son dropped his water bottle over a fenced area. Thankfully, the nice staff person retrieved it. And Lucas was put back in his stroller. Then this guy (below) flew over my head and landed on a nearby branch. He watched me closely.
We walked the zoo for about 4.5 hours. We did stop for a quick lunch (you could bring your own, though, and have a picnic just outside the main entrances.) We brought bottles of water and a few snacks. And we were all very well sunscreen-ed. The toddler fell asleep quickly once we got into the car.
And there are hundreds more photos that I’m not sharing. Just know it was a fabulous day. This was my second visit to the NC Zoo and I can’t wait to go again! (Maybe in the fall. When it’s much cooler.)
Do you have a zoo nearby where you live? Have you ever visited the NC Zoo?