Great local post by Dan and Amy. If you are looking for something to do this summer consider going on Mondays because it could be free. See the following from the Zoo's Website.
On Mondays, the Zoo (not including The RainForest) is FREE for residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township.* From Memorial Day through Labor Day, if Monday is a holiday, discounts apply on Tuesday instead. If you qualify for free Zoo-only admission on Mondays, tickets for The RainForest may be purchased at the following rates: Adults (12 and older) are $5.00, Children (2-11) are $3.00, and Children under 2 are free.
*To confirm your residency, bring photo ID or utility bill with current Cuyahoga County address with another form of ID.
If you are thinking of moving to Cleveland, you should know that there are a ton of activities here that are geared to families. A big favorite is the Cleveland Zoo, which is fun for both kids and adults.
There are two main attractions at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo , or the Cleveland Zoo as most here call it, the main zoo and the Rainforest.
The zoo itself was founded in 1882 and is one of the oldest and largest zoos in the nation. It is open year round and located just minutes from downtown . The zoo is home to over 1000 animals and has a new addition, The Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine. This is a working hospital that is mainly an indoor exhibit that offers activities for children to learn about the care of the animals.
The Zoo always has special events and exhibits throughout the year. The newest exhibit is the Dinosaur Exhibit, which consists of animatronic dinosaurs that roar and move just like real dinosaurs did. The dinosaurs are built on a steel frame and the skin is made of painted foam rubber. The dinosaurs move and an elaborate sound system makes visitors feel like they are walking with real Dinosaurs.
One of the local fan favorites is the Polar Bear and Seal/Sea Lion Exhibits, which are right next to each other. The Zoo sometimes even offers the opportunity to buy small fish so you can actually feed the seals and sea lions.
While most of the zoo is outdoors, there are a few indoor areas as well like the butterfly exhibit, and the previously mentioned Allison Steffee Medical Center. There are plenty of restrooms and concessions located throughout the zoo. The Cleveland Zoo is fairly large, so plan to do plenty of walking. There are wagons available to rent as an alternative to bringing a stroller and the Zoo also offers a Tram, which will take you around for free.
The other main attraction of the Cleveland Zoo is The Rainforest. This is a 2 level indoor exhibit on 2 acres showcasing the jungles of Africa, Asia, and America. There are animals located here as well as a restaurant and gift shop. The Rainforest is a popular place to visit during the winter because it is all inside, but many visitors incorporate both the Zoo and Rainforest into their fun filled day. You can plan to spend about an hour or so at the Rainforest and 2-3+ at the main Zoo.
Admission to the Zoo is reasonable and memberships are a good idea for local families with young children who plan to attend frequently. Parking at the Zoo is plentiful and FREE!
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