Today, my family went on a day-outing to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium with some good friends. It had been a while since we had been to the zoo and our friend's children had never gone so we had an absolute blast ... as I'm sure you can tell by all the pictures we took.
The animals were exciting, the zoo exhibits and shows were fun, lunch and dinner (which we packed and brought along) was yummy, the weather was great (it was hot in the late afternoon -- but at least it didn't rain like the weather app said it would), but the best part was just being with friends and family all day long.
Did you know that the Columbus Zoo was ranked the #1 zoo in the USA in both 2004 and 2012 that it's visited by more than 2.3 million people every year? I believe it! The zoo covers about 290 acres and is home for more than 9,000 animals and 700 species from all over the world. That means a lot of things to see and a LOT of walking. We didn't even see a fourth of all the animals today and we were there for seven hours. But we have a family pass now so we can go whenever we want without charge.
The zoo is peppered with these metal statues of life size animals. We had fun trying to spot and take pictures with as many as we could. I think we got pictures with seven of them. Every time we go we're going to try and find more.
The penguins were sure active. One of them followed my friend's finger as she ran it over the glass. He seemed to enjoy the game and we sure did.
In the parrot cage, the birds mimicked sounds and words that we and others said.
This big gorilla was another statues that we posed with ... below are three more.
Hop on for a ride on the Wart Hog
I think it would be cool if they had a statue of an adult elephant.
But then, people might fall off of it and get hurt.
I still can get over how large moose are
These monkeys were a lot of fun to watch. There was a baby one in the cage as well as four or five adults. They were super active and eager to come up and meet you at the glass.
We arrived at the Polar Frontier around 5:00 in the evening: feeding time for the polar bears. We stood under the water in a glass bubble and watched the two sister polar bears swim and eat the fish that the workers threw to them. That was one of the neatest things we saw.
It was a great day. We left the zoo around 5:30 and topped the night off with a stop for frozen custard: Yummy! I love doing things like with with my family and our friends. It's not going to be very long until my brothers sisters and I have our own families and then it will be hard to get everyone together for days like this. SO, we need to enjoy it while it lasts.