Hey guys! I’ve been wanting for a while to start sharing some of our adventures with ya’ll here on the blog. This past week we took a day trip to the Montgomery Zoo & I wanted to share our experience with you guys. We’re only about an hour from the zoo, so it was an easy trip… we’re actually about halfway between the Montgomery Zoo and the Birmingham Zoo now, but we much preferred our time at Montgomery than our previous trips to Birmingham.
We first got into the zoo and got to walk through this really neat atrium with turtles and different birds. It was really cool and I knew that this zoo was going to be a fun experience.
The zoo was divided up by continent which was really neat seeing what animals came from where. We even tried guessing what some of the animals were before we read the signs and had no idea, so there were definitely animals here we had never seen.
Of course, there was a reptile room with snakes, alligators, etc… and there was also a big alligator exhibit too.
Of course all of the big cats were there, including this pretty who was enjoying a nap.
In the Asia area, we saw these Bengal tigers, including a white Bengal!
There were several playgrounds throughout the zoo, which served for some really nice rest points for this preggo mama. There was also a special needs playground as well!
After the playground we wandered over to the petting zoo. This was the first petting zoo we’ve been to where you could actually go in and pet the animals instead of just petting them through their cage or fence, which was really cool. Dad even enjoyed this spot, and it was a neat experience for little man… he loved the babies.
We splurged on combo tickets to visit the zoo as well as the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum since we’d never been. It was really neat and had a lot of animals on display that we’d probably never see anywhere else. Liam was pretty amazed.
The museum is definitely a must see if you’ve never been.
Finally we found the Elephants! They had a really awesome enclosure and of course Liam loved watching them.
Then we got to do the giraffe encounter! We got some straw or hay to feed the giraffes and it was really neat. Liam said “eww”… hahaha…
But giraffes are on his list of favorites and I loved that we got to get so close to them.
We finished up our adventure at the Overlook Cafe for some lunch and of course a stop at the gift shop. All across the zoo, everyone we encountered was so friendly, which definitely makes the experience better.
We are planning once the new baby comes to get zoo passes so that we can visit Birmingham or Montgomery whenever we’d like throughout the year and I’ll be able to take both of the boys. Liam gets in free at Montgomery until the end of the year, so I expect we will be making another trip before he turns 3. There were several school groups at the zoo, since school is already back in session here, but I felt like the zoo was large enough that we weren’t pushing through crowds to see things. Of course as it got later in the day, more people filled in.
I also forgot to mention that we rode the train, which is something we must do anywhere there is a train to ride (according to little man) but the Montgomery Zoo has other activities that we didn’t get to try this time around, including a sky lift that takes you all around the zoo to see the animals from above and pedal boats! We also passed on the parakeet cove this time around, and we weren’t there late enough for the lion training or elephant keeper talk, which we hope to catch next time we go!
If you are in the central Alabama area, I definitely recommend taking a day to visit the zoo, it has definitely become one of our new favorite adventures!