Going to the zoo, zoo, zoo…

A life-sized and realistic elephant statue is a great way for kids to get an up-close look at the big animals.

A life-sized and realistic elephant statue is a great way for kids to get an up-close look at the big animals.

…How about you, you, you?

Anyone else remember that old song? There was quite a chorus of it in our car this morning as we made our way to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs.

I have to be honest up front: this is not a frugal activity! Adult ticket prices are about $17 each and some of the zoo activities cost extra, such as a few dollars for food to feed the giraffes. But, it’s really not a bad price for a full day of family fun.

If you go, here are a few tips:

  • Check into the membership prices if you have a large family or you think you’ll visit more than a few times in a year. They can save you money, especially if you have several kiddos.
  • Bring your own lunch, drinks and snacks. There are plenty of picnic tables and benches that make it easy to munch on your own goodies, avoiding the more expensive restaurant options.
  • Plan a full day or at least a full afternoon. After all, you’re paying the same admission price no matter how much time you spend there. There are certainly enough activities going on to fill a whole day! And, if the kids get bored, there’s always another critter to see…or see again. I recommend starting early in the day since the chance for rain increases significantly in the afternoons.
  • Wear good walking shoes, comfy clothes, hats and sunscreen. This outdoor zoo is literally perched on the side of Cheyenne Mountain. It’s hilly and surprisingly warm on many days. Be prepared to walk a lot (up and down the hillside) and protect yourself from the sun.

And definitely don’t miss the giraffe feeding!

giraffes at zoo

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