What: Caldwell Zoo
Where: Tyler, TX
Children 2 years and younger Free
Children 3 to 12 $7.00
Adults 13 to 54 $10.50
Seniors 55 and over $9.25
Out of all the cool things to do in our “new hometown” one of my favorites has to be the Caldwell Zoo! I remember the first time we visited in 2011 being so impressed that a smaller city would have such an adorable and well kept zoo!
Since then my love has continued to grow–so much so that we had Amber’s Birthday Party there this year and even had everyone pitch in to buy us a Annual Family Pass as her “big” birthday present.
One big highlight of the zoo is all the fabulous birds–and the chances to feed them! There are duck feeders by the ponds and this amazing little “bird house” that you walk in and it’s filled with parrots and parakeets. For $1 you can by a bird feed stick and your kids will be entertained for an hour as the birds fight their way to eating yours! I’ve even gotten a bird to climb onto my hand a few times–which is always fun!
Another awesome highlight of the zoo is the variety of “big cats” they have there! From mountain lions to jaguars, lions to white tigers–all your favorite feline varieties of the large (and small) size are there to be found! We discovered that all the big cats are most active when it’s chilly outside–a great reason to bundle up in a coat and visit the zoo in February!
No zoo would be complete without African Animals! I’ll never forget when Amber was so excited to see the giraffes in Boston and had even brought along her special stuffed animal “honey” for us only to discover that they didn’t have any giraffes at the branch of the zoo we visited! Whoops! That won’t happen here as they have a huge, beautiful development that you can sit and have a snack while watching the giraffes peek around, the lions lounge, and the elephants play–such a great idea!
There’s a bunch more to the zoo too! There’s one of the coolest playgrounds with a sandbox, old red truck to play in (and fabulous for taking pictures), and tractor. A reptile house with all kinds of creepy crawling things, monkeys all over, a few different snack areas, and pretty much everything you’d want in a zoo!
It’s the “just right” size for toddlers and preschoolers to go through entirely in just a few hours and make it home in time for a nap. It’s definitely one of our favorite spots in Tyler!
What is the best zoo you’ve eve been to? Leave me a comment letting me know!