This weekend we had family visiting so we decided to take a trip to the zoo. Not just any zoo, but the Omaha zoo. The Henry Doorly Zoo.
This zoo was ranked #1 in the world in 2014 according to TripAdvisor, since then it’s dropped to 2nd place, but I can live with that. I’ve been visiting this zoo since I was a kid and I’ve watched it grow into something beyond amazing. In 1992 the Lied Jungle opened, which is a fully enclosed rainforest exhibit you can walk through, and that was just the beginning of a fantastic transformation.
My great niece has autism so we only spent a couple hours there because we knew she’d be getting restless and ready to leave, so we tried to hit up the parts of the zoo the family wanted to see. We ended up taking a peek at the Alaskan splash pad, but not going in because you get soaked and we weren’t ready for that. Then we walked up to see the bears, took a stroll through the aviary, and spent some time in the gorilla house where we met the most adorable baby gorilla.
After that we headed back up towards the main entrance to see the new African Grasslands where the kids got to meet the giraffes at the feeding station. Finally we ended our visit going through Kingdom of the Night, which is the nocturnal and swamp exhibit found below the Desert Dome because a visit with the bats was requested.
This visit was just a fun visit, though once public school is back in and the tourist traffic dies down we do spend quite a bit of time at the zoo learning. There are a ton of ways to learn at the zoo. Everything from animal observation to educational programs put on by the zoo.
We’ll be heading back again this week, on a weekday when tourist traffic will be down to catch an Imax movie and visit the brand new Children’s Adventure Trails. The kids are excited to explore! There’s always something new to see at the Omaha Zoo!
Do you have a zoo in your area you like to visit? Share your favorite attractions in the comments below.