The Akron Zoo is a great place to visit when you are in the area. When you live in NE Ohio, you usually think about the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo which is also a great place to visit, but it can be overwhelming for little ones. The Akron Zoo is much more appropriate for those of you with really young children. It’s also great for when you want to go to the zoo, but you don’t have all day to visit. It is really easy to visit this zoo in under two hours, and the price is really reasonable.
8 Reasons to Visit the Akron Zoo
There are a lot more than 8 reasons to visit the Akron Zoo, but these are some of my favorites.
The Akron Zoo’s Conservation Efforts
The Akron Zoo divides their big conservation efforts, preservation, protection, and restoration of the natural environment, ecosystems, vegetation and wildlife, into five specific conservation areas:
- conservation in the field
- conservation in research
- conservation in education
- conservation and sustainable animal populations
- conservation and green operations
Enrichment is an important aspect in the lives of animals in zoos, and the Akron Zoo is careful to provide enrichment as well as training to their animals. You can be assured that even though it might look like the animals are bored or always sleeping, this isn’t the case at all. You can find out how you can get involved by donating enrichment items to the zoo by visiting their enrichment page.
There is always something to do at the zoo! Easter is quickly approaching. Did you get to see the Easter Bunny yet? You can go see him for Breakfast with the Bunny in the coming weeks. Be sure to visit the Akron Zoo’s events page for details on all of the events and see how to buy tickets for the events.
Great for Kids
Three areas are specifically set aside as areas for play! Even kids who are fascinated by animals are going to need some time to run around and be a kid. They can do this on the otter slide, nature play area, or in frontier town. And like I said earlier, it isn’t a huge zoo, so your child is less likely to get overwhelmed.
No matter how old you are, carousels are so much fun. The carousel at the Akron Zoo is unique because you can ride a ladybug, penguin, giraffe, tiger or one of the many other one-of-a-kind, hand carved wooden wild animals. Be sure to check out the map next to the Conservation Carousel and see where the animal you rode lives in the wild.
Farmland and Train
The train is another reason the Akron Zoo is great for kids! During a train ride (April-October), your child will learn about Ohio’s farms. And speaking of farms, the farmland area is so much fun! I love all of the goats and sheep. You can feed the animals in the farmland area. When you’re done, you can try to find your way out of the farmland maze.
You may know that I used to homeschool my kids. They loved taking field trips to the zoo. The Akron Zoo offers educational opportunities for all ages: from preschool age to senior citizens. They offer mobile zoo opportunities, field trips, homeschool days, and more.
Of course, the animals are my favorite reason to visit the Akron Zoo. Here are the pictures I took on my last visit to the Akron Zoo. Be sure you visit their website and plan your trip soon!