Friday, August 28, 2009

The Friday Five

This week's Friday Five is:
My five favorite zoos and aquariums. My family loves zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, etc. We just love animals.
So, here are my favorites:
1. The Minnesota Zoo. (Minneapolis, MN)
2. Rolling Hills Refuge. (Salina, Kansas)
3. Lincoln Park Zoo. (Chicago, IL)
4. Busch Gardens. (Tampa, FL)
5. Como Zoo. (St. Paul, MN)
Other notables: The Kansas City Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo, Oxbow Park Zollman Zoo, Superior Zoo, Shedd Aquarium. Sea World (Orlando, San Antonio, and the one that used to be in Aurora, OH) St. Louis Zoo, Reptile Gardens (hee hee, what a tourist trap.)
So, are you a fan of zoos? Do you have any favorites? I have some I'd love to see. San Diego Zoo, Columbus Zoo, Henry Doorly Zoo, The National Zoo.


  1. We love going to zoos and aquariums. Roger Williams Zoo in Providence. Southwick Wild Animal Park couple towns over in Mendon. I liked getting out of the heat at the MN Zoo by riding the tram. Furthest zoo I've visited, Los Angeles Zoo

  2. Hi, Erica!

    I've really only been to one zoo and that's the Atlanta one. It was so long ago that I can't remember that much about it, other than it was a lot of fun!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. I love zoos too! The Toledo Zoo is smallish, but it's gorgeous. They added a new children's area this year with all kinds of interactive features like a stream to walk in, a rock-climbing wall, guinea pig tunnels, a garden to tend, etc.. I love the Toledo Zoo!

  4. I've heard Omaha has a great zoo. We've not been but I think it would be a fun weekend trip to drive up and check it out sometime.

  5. I love zoos and aquariums. We have a one of both here in Denver but I love getting to other states to see what else is out there.

  6. I do so love a good day at the zoo. SeaWorld is one of my favorite places on earth. The San Diego Wild Animal park was a hoot--we kept getting lost and ending up back at the gorilla, who kept looking at us like we were idiots.

  7. When I lived in Denver, we loved going to that zoo. And now that we're in Michigan we really like the Detroit zoo too. But honestly, it doesn't take much to please us. Give us a few animals and we feel right at home! :)

  8. Ooo, CJ, put the Roger Williams Zoo on the list of gotta sees. :)

    Kristen, I've never been to GA. I'd have to go when it wasn't too hot out. Living in the north for so long, I wilt in the heat now.

    Jill, Ohio has great zoos. And I love kids areas. I'm kinda sad that my youngest is getting too old for them. :(

    arika, Nick would LOVE it, I bet. Have you taken him to the KC zoo or to Rolling hills?

  9. Cindy, the Denver Zoo is on the list of possible destinations when I'm in CO next month. :)

    G, was San Diego as amazing as I hope it is? After all the animals shows I've watched, it's portrayed as the pinnacle of all zoos. And :D about the gorilla.

    Jody, I'm with you, some animals and the kids...I'm good.

  10. I used to be a fan of zoos until I went on a safari in the Serengetti. After seeing animals in all their glory out in the wild, zoos sorta make me sad now. I'll still take my son to some when he gets older though. :)

  11. I can understand that, Katie, though most folks don't have a chance to see these animals in the wild. I love zoos for their conservation, education, and entertainment value. If people aren't educated about these rare animals, and if no effort is made to conserve and preserve these species, nobody gets a chance to see them in the wild.

  12. Erica
    I met your dad in the Ace hardware store and he was bragging on you being a writer(he was so precious). I was interested in reading your books but am having a hard time finding them. Please help. Thank you in advance.

  13. Hi, Kimberly,

    Thanks for stopping by the blog, and how cool that my dad is out there talking up my books.

    My first title, The Bartered Bride, is available at christian book distributors and has a shipping date of 10/14. There are several other titles slated to release in 2010.

    Again, thank you for asking after my books, and I hope you enjoy them as they come out.

  14. Yep, I have one. The Sydney Zoo (Australia) I love that one. I also loved the Singapore Zoo and thought the Denver Zoo was pretty good. Alma Park Zoo here in Brisbane doesn't really match up somehow!

  15. Keep both the San Diego zoo and the National zoo in Washington, D.C. on your list. Both are winners.

    The zoo and aquarium in Denver are the closest and I've been to both several times. In fact, my mother took my daughter to the Denver zoo today as part of their special day out together.

  16. When I was 12 we visited the San Diego zoo. While at Trinity, near Chicago, the Brookfield zoo was a favorite for Ann & me. Milwaukee's zoo was great with the exhibits, but I seem to recall it was filthy with litter... too bad. But, by far and away our favorite zoo of all time was the Henry Doorly zoo in Omaha. We were there two years ago and the undersea exhibit was way cool. They also have an Africa exhibit that has all the main regions of that continent represented. Besides, I once made a llama so mad at me that he spit his well-chewed mouthful of straw in my face. If I could have climbed the fence, that would have been one beat-up llama!!

  17. I agree that the Henry Doorly is an excellent zoo, but do plan to spend more than one day there. It has lots and lots of things to see. They are doing more and more indoor exhibits, but they do a very good job of putting the animals in a natural setting. If you need a stopping off point, we are only about 2 hours away from the zoo.