Living just a few miles from the Detroit Zoo, we are there often. We have a membership, we love our zoo. That being said, Toledo is a bit different and I like it.
So, the Toledo Zoo is situated right off of I-75, about an hour south of Detroit. It is rather easy to find,
here is their map if you are like me and work better with visuals:
The first thing you will probably notice when driving up (after you pay to park the car, bring cash) is the solar walkway. It is amazing. The walkway generates power for the zoo's use, and therefore reduces the cost of their energy but helps conserve energy. you can find all about their conservation efforts on their website:
Since we are members at the Detroit Zoo we received a fifty percent discount on our tickets for the named members on our card. (Don't forget your current membership card!!)
So after you enter you can check out the North Side of the Zoo which includes the Arctic Encounter, Nairobi Pavilian, the Wolf Cabin, the Carousel, Safari Railway and Africa or you can walk across the bridge to check out the main part of the Zoo.
Their map is here: http://www.toledozoo.org/PDF/ToledoZooGuideMap.pdf
We chose to visit the Arctic Encounter first, which was so cool! This exhibit contains the Polar Bears and the Seals. I love how the bears and seals are right there.
The girls wanted to spend their time checking out EVERYTHING! (Live animals... bah.. let's play in the cave.)
...or play on the statues of wolves.
So we finally were able to get moving and we went over the bridge to the South Side of the Zoo. This was NOT fun with a stroller and two heavy girls. They do have a ramp, but it was still difficult.
The first thing we saw on the other side of the bridge was the Flamingo Exhibit. They were right up close and all in a huge cage that we entered.
This Bear Sloth was so cool. Carlyn wanted to share her granola bar, and he wanted to share too!!
The Penguin exhibit was spectacular. You could literally reach out and touch them (it is possible, but not allowed) they are so close.
On the other side of this exhibit you can go down the stairs or ramp and visit the underwater portion, and watch them win past.
We did eat lunch at the zoo. I would not recommend it. The eggs on my salad had mold on them and the Oreos on the dirt pudding were stale. If you bring your own food there are plenty of places to sit down and eat.
We did make it to see the baby elephant, which was my whole goal in attending. There is Lucas... cute isn't he?
And this is where our story ends... with two very crabby tired girls. There is so much more to the zoo and we look forward to going back again soon so we can check it all out!