Recently, my family and I took a trip out to Wisconsin to visit friends. We were out there last year, and were looking forward to seeing new things. There were a few places that we made return trips to, but a lot of places that were new. We were able to travel to Milwaukee several times this trip, and one of the places that we stopped was the Milwaukee County Zoo. I admit it, I am a sucker for zoos, aquariums, and anything nature. The boys kind of grumbled at first, but by the time we were in the gates, they were hooked.
One of the interesting thing I found about the Milwaukee County Zoo was you paid for your entrance ticket when you paid for parking. I never saw that before, but it made getting into the zoo a much faster process. The prices weren’t too bad for admission, about $15 dollars for the adults/kids over 12, and $11.50 for younger kiddos. And if you were a county resident, it was even cheaper. The attendant seemed to think that Little Man J was under 12, so he got in cheaper. Parking was the most expensive, but when I look back on it now, it was actually very reasonable. On the way in, a gentleman was leaving with his family of little ones, as it was very cold(notice we have sweatshirts on in the middle of July). He handed us a stack of tickets and said he wasn’t going to use them. Turned out they could be used at the special exhibit, the sea-lion show, and other paid attractions. Score!
Once we got in the zoo and grabbed a map, we started in an almost orderly fashion. We started with the aviary and bird exhibits, and then made a beeline for the one exhibit that we were totally jaded to see. The Meet The Animals Special exhibit, which turned out to be stingrays and sharks. You get the opportunity to actually pet stingrays and sharks. How cool is that? I would share pictures, but they were prohibited in the area. But in any case, after a brief wait, it was our turn. They had a tank where you could lean over and touch the animals. At first, we couldn’t get any to come near us, so the ray wranglers(staff that were walking around inside the pool) shooed a few over our way. I got to pet a fairly large ray as it swam by. It was soft, silky, and slimy all at the same time. I could have stayed there for hours just watching them swim, as they are so graceful in the water. When we left the stingrays, the seal show was just starting. Thanks to the kind stranger, we were able to enjoy that show as well, free of charge.
The show was fun and educational, and something we enjoyed very much. The intelligence of these animals absolutely astounds me, and I could have stayed there for hours as well.
But we dragged ourselves away, and continued on our tour of the Milwaukee County Zoo. The next stop we hit was the reptile house, another one of my favorites. I mean, who doesn’t love snakes, reptiles, and assorted other fishes and creepy crawlies?
Okay, I actually dislike the creepy crawlies, but with them safely behind glass, I was able to enjoy them for the beautiful creatures they are. Next, we checked out a few other exhibits, like the Australian one.
They also had some otters, roos, and other animals, but my camera did not like the indoors, so the pictures I got are not share-worthy. And who can go to the zoo, and not see some big cats?
They had a huge lion there as well, but my picture did not get. The paws on the male were beyond huge, I definitely would not want to come face to face with that guy. Once we saw the cats, we had to hurry through a few more exhibits before the zoo was closed for the day. We saw some bears:
We saw elephants, tigers, some bison, and lots of peacocks. They were flying and walking freely throughout the Milwaukee County Zoo. Sometimes they scared you when they screamed and you weren’t expecting it. One of the last exhibits was the family farm, where you could chase chickens, pet some cows, and watch the pigs. Since we can see those anytime, we continued on. There was one last animal on the way out, which was some penguins. They were cute because they seemed to be looking at us, instead of us viewing them. After a brief visit to the gift shop(one of the most crowded places in the whole zoo, you could barely walk through), we headed back to our car to head to our next destination.
If you are ever in this area, try to plan a trip to this zoo. There are so many different kinds of animals to see, that it is hard to know where to go first. One of the biggest thing I noticed is how clean the zoo was. From the animal exhibits to the food concessions to the areas in general, it was very well taken care of. Everywhere you looked, there were zoo employees walking around sweeping, cleaning up, and taking care of all the guests’ needs. This is definitely a must do during a trip to Wisconsin.