The Henry Villas Zoo is perfect for young children.
For a free zoo it is full of fun animals and is kept remarkably clean, but is a manageable size. Large, fancy zoos have their place, but small zoos are nice for young children.
Starting around age two, our children were able to walk this zoo on their own while at most zoos we still needed to do the in and out of the stroller dance.
There is a good variety of animals. The giraffes, lions, monkeys, and penguins are our favorites.
On our way to the zoo we usually make a plan. We start by talking about what animals they most want to see so we can prioritize our wandering.
The zoo is small enough that it is doable in a few hours, but sometimes we just visit a few favorites and then play on the play structure or go for a ride on the train.
Often times we pack a lunch.
There is a pretty park next to a lake adjacent to the zoo. There are picnic tables throughout the zoo, but we usually prefer to spread a blanket out somewhere outside the zoo for a picnic.
More Things to Know Before You Go:
*The zoo is open year round but some animals are not available to be seen during colder months. Giraffes are the most notable to us.
*Make sure to dress appropriately for walking around outside. Warm clothes in the winter, sunscreen and water bottles in the summer.
*For you train lovers - there is a train ride at the Villas Zoo for $1/person. There is also a carousel and climbing structure.
*There is a fun playground in the park adjacent to the zoo and main parking lot.
*Across the street from the main parking lot, there is also a café with a sandbox outside that is open during the warmer months.
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