With summer fast approaching, there is going to be a ton of time for us to get out and travel. Luckily, living in Texas you don’t have to travel far to be in a new town with new things to experience with the kids. One very real option that us Texans have is that we can take day trip to another city and see what it has to offer. A little Texas tidbit for all you non-Texans, a person can travel an entire day and still not make it out of Texas, it’s a real thing look it up!
A while back we decided to take a day trip up to Waco, TX and visit Cameron Park Zoo. I had been thinking of taking a day trip some where, I just couldn’t figure out where! My mom had driven up to visit the grand kids for the weekend and I knew that there were a bunch of places to visit, within driving distance from our little city, so we decided we decided to take a day trip to Cameron Park Zoo. Waco, Texas is located roughly 100 miles north of Austin, Texas and took us only an hour and a half to get to the zoo.
First thing we decided was to get there as early as possible to avoid some of the heat. We ended up leaving on Saturday morning at 7:30 am and arrived at the zoo around 8:50 am. Traffic wasn’t too terrible, I mean it was Saturday at 7 am, who would be out right? Although, when we arrived we weren’t the first ones there! There were cars and families already unpacking and getting in line at the gates. I think they had the same idea we had!
I do have to warn you though, there is of construction from Jarell to Waco on I.H. 35 and it can be a little tight in some spots but we took it easy and arrived safe and sound.
Cameron Park Zoo located at 1701 North 4th St. Waco, Texas and is open seven days a week. The zoo is open from 9am-5pm, Monday through Saturday and 11am – 5pm on Sunday. We were in line at 9 am on the dot to get in as early as possible. Being there that early, it was almost like we had the zoo to ourselves!
Prices to enter were not all that bad either! For adults the general admission is $9, children $6, senior citizens $8, and children under 3 are free. Military and group discounts are available. Details about times, prices, events, and special occasions, can be found here.
Since this our first time visiting Cameron Park Zoo we didn’t really know what to expect but heard such great things about it so we decided to take a look for ourselves.
The zoo features great animal exhibits, play-spaces for kids, interactive activities for kids and one of the best features of Cameron Park Zoo is that 85% of the walkways are shaded! Every single path we were on had tons of shade, we enjoyed walking around and checking out the exhibits, in the shade.
The shaded walkways were one of the things that both my wife and I noticed immediately and thanked the zoo for providing the shade for us. The little ones can be extra irritable after a few hours in direct sun light, so we were thrilled!
- DAD TIP – THERE’S FREE PARKING AT THE ZOO, TRY AND FIND A SPOT UNDERNEATH A TREE SO THE TRUCK WON’T BE TOO HOT WHEN YOU LEAVE.
- DAD TIP – APPLY GENEROUS AMOUNTS OF SUNSCREEN!
- DAD TIP – LET THE KIDS RUN, THEY HAD A BLAST EXPLORING ON THEIR OWN!
- DAD TIP – PACK A LUNCH IF YOU WANT TO SAVE SOME MONEY BUT EVERYTHING IS MODERATELY PRICED SO IT WONT BREAK THE BANK.
Check out a few pictures from our awesome adventure at the Cameron Park Zoo!
Throughout the zoo there are many exhibits, slides, and interactive activities for kids to be engaged in while visits the zoo. There is even a little splash pad and kids play-scape! Above is one of the slides by the otter exhibit and below are some of the interactive exhibits around the lion exhibit.
The cafe had some great smelling food and decently priced drinks, which included a souvenir cup. My little guy Matteo loved his Cameron Park Zoo cup and was holding it the entire time. He didn’t even want to let it go when he finished his drink. Also, after you buy the cup you can get it refilled for about one dollar at another cafe located within the zoo grounds.
This is one day trip we won’t forget and we would like to say thanks to Cameron Park Zoo for the awesome exhibits and great shade the zoo had for us. I know this won’t be our last time we visit!
If you would like more information about Cameron Park Zoo visit them online at www.cameronparkzoo.com or give them a call at 254-750-8400. Everyone I spoke with at the zoo was extremely helpful and nice, so don’t be scared to give them a call if you have any questions. Also, check out Cameron Park Zoo on Facebook, Facebook.com/CameronParkZoo. They even have an Instagram account, follow them @CPZoo, most of the post are of the animals, its really fun to see the behind the scenes.