DINOSAURS AT THE DALLAS ZOO
One of the first dinosaurs we found was a T-Rex, or as my son calls it, a Sharp-Tooth! Anyone else get that reference? My son still hasn’t realized that “sharp-tooth”, “long-neck” and “three-horn” aren’t real dinosaur names! We rode the T-Rex Express and even pretended to drive it.
After the train ride, we took our time walking the dinosaur loop. I knew my older son would be fascinated by the dinosaurs, but guess who else was soaking them in? My baby! My 11 month old makes a dog noise whenever he sees an animal, and he started making the same noise at every dinosaur. He would crank his neck out of the stroller to get a better view and bark at all of them! It made me laugh every time. We spent almost an hour viewing and learning about dinosaurs, and even came back at the end of our day at the Zoo because my son wanted to see them one more time before going home! Fortunately, the dinosaurs will be at the Zoo until October 27, so we have plenty of time to come see them again.
SEEING THE ANIMALS
After checking out the dinosaurs, we spent next two hours observing all the animals. As was expected, my baby “barked” at every single animal! The animals we spent the most time watching were the tiger, the giraffes and the mama hippopotamus with her new baby! I’ll be honest…I hate hippos. I hate them. But I hate them a little less after seeing the mom take care of the cute baby. If you catch the hippos while they are under water, don’t worry, they have to come up for air at least every minute. Keep watching and you’ll see them!
FEEDING THE GIRAFFES
Last time we came to the Zoo, we paid $5 to feed the giraffes and it was really fun! We were planning on doing that again, but by the time we got there, the giraffes had been fed so much that they weren’t interested in eating anymore. It was still fun to watch the giraffes, but we learned our lesson to visit the giraffe area early if we want to get up close and personal with them!
LACERTE FAMILY CHILDREN’S ZOO
We ended our day at the Children’s Zoo. The children’s zoo has a petting zoo, as well as a playground and splash zone. The little water feature was a great way for my kids to wind down and cool off after a lot of walking and exploring in the heat. I’m glad we saved this for last!
PARENT TIPS FOR THE ZOO
I’ve been to the Zoo with my little ones several times, but if it’s your first time visiting, you’ll want to come prepared for a day of fun!
- Visiting in the summertime? Prepare for Texas heat! There was actually more shade than I expected, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t need hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and especially water. If you forget any of these items, dont’ worry — you can buy them at the Zoo gift shop!
- Not sure when to go? Our family likes visiting the Zoo in the afternoon. Most of the school groups visiting the Zoo head out after lunchtime, so it’s a bit calmer in the afternoon. The only downside to going later in the day is that the giraffes might be full from being fed by all their visitors that morning!
- Want to catch a show? Check the schedule of daily events. There are stages and amphitheaters all around the zoo if you want to witness animal encounters or watch the bird show! During the holidays, you can also enjoy Dallas Zoo Lights, filled with magical Christmas lights and activities.
- Heading to the Children’s Zoo? There’s a splash pad here, so you’ll want to bring clothes that can get wet! I brought separate water shoes for my kids, because their walking shoes weren’t made for water, and their water shoes wouldn’t be comfortable to walk in. I also brought a swim diaper for my baby.
My family had an awesome day exploring the Dallas Zoo! We can’t wait to go back again to visit all the animals, and of course, the dinosaurs! Even if you don’t have kids, the Zoo’s dino exhibit is a lot of fun (and makes for some great photo-ops). Dinosaurs at the Dallas Zoo is on display until October 27. I definitely recommend checking it out this summer!