HI- this is Keri from the Home Teacher. If you live in Utah you have heard of Hogle Zoo! It is the biggest zoo in the state and is now home to a fabulous new polar exhibit. My four year old daughter and I have spent a lot of time visiting the different animals and I thought I would share our experiences with you all! First of all I have to recommend visiting the zoo during the off season (aka not summer). Although you may have field trips to contend with, early mornings and late afternoons are super quiet. And come prepared to walk. Because of Hogle Zoo’s location, the terrain is not flat. Just think – you are getting a great workout while your kids visit the animals!
The thing I love MOST about the zoo- the tigers! Every time we have gone to the zoo we have had good tiger times!
We saw playful tigers splashing each other in the water. It was a riot to watch!!
We have had the opportunity to watch the tigers eat- what was on the menu? Meat on a stick!
One calm and quiet morning a tiger was eager to play! And we were the only ones around to watch it- seriously, go to the zoo in the morning!
My daughter loves the elephant statue that squirts out air (water during the summer). We spent more time there than anywhere else at the zoo!
Of everything at the zoo there are only two things that we didn’t like. The first thing is the stinky reptile house. I swear if you spend more than 10 minutes in that hot and humid house you might pass out. I don’t get why the smell is SO bad! We always zip through this place and quickly find our way out. The other thing we don’t like at Hogle Zoo – there are no zebras. And they happen to be my daughter’s favorite animal. Other than that – we have no complaints!
There are two attractions at Hogle Zoo. A fun merry go round and train ride. I have to admit, the train ride is a bit cheezy. Rumor has it they are going to be updating it soon though….
Other Random Things to Know Before You Go:
You can pay extra to feed a giraffe or rainforest animals.
Hours and Admission can be found by visiting this link. The only days they are closed are Christmas and New Years Day, and children under 2 are free!
We always bring a picnic lunch – there are grassy areas designated for that very thing! There are food vendors available.
There is a free parking lot in front of the zoo, but come early so you don’t have to park in the street or use the paid parking lot across the street that charges $5.
Have fun playing at the zoo!!