Whether you prefer lush garden pathways meandering past exhibits of exotic creatures, safari-style sleepovers, or air-conditioned exhibits of fish and fowl, there is a zoo experience for you somewhere in the country. Probably more than one! Here’s our list of America’s top zoos state by state. Get your summer zoo-do on!
The Birmingham Zoo not only has a bachelor herd of African elephants, mimicking the way they often live in the wild, but also it is building a new black bear exhibit featuring Sassy and Bety, rescued American black bears.
Alaska Zoo in Anchorage has everything you’d expect this far north: polar bears, bald eagles, snow leopards, and caribou. Try out its Keeper for a Day program for a close-up experience.
At Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, you can zipline above the animals, watch exciting raptor and tiger shows, or even camp inside the safari park.
Little Rock Zoo is home to Trudy, the second oldest gorilla living in human care. It also offers an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to feed lorikeets.
No list of top zoos in the country would be complete without the San Diego Zoo. Plan to spend more than one day exploring both the zoo and the Safari Park. Two African penguins just arrived at the zoo and are settling into their new home, which includes underwater viewing.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs is among the elite class of the country’s midsize zoos, which exemplify what today’s zoos should be. Feed a giraffe, let the kids experience hands-on educational activities at The Loft, or cruise above it all on the Mountaineer Sky Ride.
The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport caters to adults with events such as the upcoming Wild Wine, Beer and Food Safari.
Our favorite thing at Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington is Zoo Yoga, Saturdays at 9 a.m. for kids ages 4-7. How cool is that?