We decided to visit the Forth Worth Zoo. If you've never been there, I highly recommend it. It's easy to get to (just over 2 hours away and two turns off the interstate) and very inexpensive. Adult admission was $12 and the kids were $9, parking was $5. In the DFW area, that is almost unheard of. I do not, however, recommend going during spring break. Apparently this particular zoo sets ATTENDANCE RECORDS that week. Lovely. Fortunately we went on Monday, and not half-price Wednesday, so it was only slightly crazy instead of total insanity.
All kidding aside (ok, I wasn't kidding), we had a great time. We packed a lunch and had a picnic on the grass outside the parking lot before we went in because I'd been told the food was the one expensive thing at the zoo. The zoo is very pleasantly landscaped with a lot of nice walkways, shade trees (we don't have those in Abilene) and even a handy little train that takes you from the back of the park to the front for only $2. That was nice when the kids were tired of walking after seeing everything! We saw hippos, elephants, flamingos, tigers, leopards, turtles, horses, fish, birds, penguins, bears, monkeys, and so many more. The only bummer was we couldn't find the cheetah - we found the exhibit, but NOT the animal - and that was the one big cat K was so excited to see. Oh well, there's always next time. But NOT during spring break!
Parking lot picnic!
I'm not sure what animals were behind us, but it made for a nice backdrop for the photo!
The tigers were LAZY!
The mountain goats were NOT lazy! They were playing on the rocks and giving us quite a show!
Sharks! (they were small)
J sat on his perch much more easily than K!
Happy train riders!
The girls each picked out an animaland animal to "make". J picked out two bags of rocks. Yeah.
Another photo op? C'mon Mom!!!
I don't think the 10 yr old in the way back ever slept, but this is what the zoo did to these girls!