One great thing to do is go to the zoo. Ohio has some great ones! Our latest adventure was to the Akron Zoo.
Since the Akron Zoo is the closest to us, we seem to frequent it more. Although it’s smaller than the Cleveland and Columbus zoos we’ve been to in the last few months, it’s just as beautiful and educational.
Before you visit, here are five of the reasons why we LOVE the Akron Zoo.
Although the zoo may be smaller, it’s perfect for toddlers. There’s isn’t as many animals or as much walking as Columbus, Cleveland, or Cincinnati, but it still makes an impact.
We can walk and see all the animals in a few hours without rushing. Plus, we can play in certain areas without feeling like we need to hurry up to get through. It makes it nice for kids to actually play and explore.
The zoo is expanding though!
On May 29, 2021, they’ll be opening their Wild Asia expansion. Mila and I will be back to see. We love tigers! There were also signs about expanding Africa too!
Even though it is smaller, you’ll still be getting a workout. There’s a huge hill to walk up!
The Otter Exhibit
Any parent who goes to this zoo knows they’ll be spending a ton of time with the otters.
There’s a huge slide that goes right through the exhibit and water. Kids can see the otter swim right by them!
The slide goes surprisingly fast and it’s a big hit with the kids. Mila spent a ton of time going up the steps and sliding right down. It’s cute to see the kids make themselves stop midway so they can get a better look at the otter.
It also has two huge viewing spots to see the otter. So while parents are waiting for their kids, they can get a good view too.
The otter was adorable! This was my favorite exhibit as a kid!
The Komodo Dragon
One of mine and Mila’s favorite zoo animals is the Komodo Dragon. The exhibit at the Akron Zoo is beautiful and we can always get a close look at this guy.
We love seeing him walk and perk up. It’s not an animal you get to see everyday!
I’m pretty sure Mila think this guys either an actual dragon or a dinosaur. Honestly, I can’t say I disagree.
One of my favorite parts of the zoo is seeing animals you’d never be able to get close to in the wild. I think this is why Mila and I are both fascinated with this guy.
By the Komodo Dragon is other reptiles, amphibians, and sea creatures. Plus the Komodo Kingdom Cafe!
I know, I know. There’s carousels at every zoo, but it’s our favorite every time.
Mila genuinely gets so happy when she sees them. She picks out an animal in the line, then switches last minute!
This carousel has beautiful painting on all the saddles and above. It also has a variety of different sized animals you can ride, which I thought was really nice.
It’s also a great break before walking up the hill!
I think the carousel at every zoo will make our top five. It’s only $2 to ride at the Akron Zoo and if you’re a parent who has to accompany your child, you get on free. The best $2 spent!
The Greenery and Gardens
If you didn’t know, I love plants and greenery. The Akron Zoo has beautiful plants everywhere you look!
I love when zoos really step up their plant game. It makes it feel more relatable for the animals and gets you in a wild mindset.
The Zoo Gardens also gives you the opportunity to walk and really take in the flowers. Immersing yourself in nature is so healing and relaxing. Mila loves it too!
These aren’t the only things we love at the zoo, but are the ones that stuck out the most during the latest trip. We cannot wait to go back this summer to check out the new exhibit!
I love that this zoo is growing since it’s so close to us.
Here are some other pictures I have to share from our experience.
We love the Akron Zoo!
Anytime I can see Mila’s amazement by what’s around her makes me so happy. She loves the animals, the playgrounds, and the environment when we get to go.
What’s your favorite part of the zoo closest to you?
What a great review of the Akron Zoo with your daughter! This makes me want to go to the zoo with my 2.5-year-old daughter. We live in NC and we have a Zoo close to us about an hour away. I have not brought her there yet. Your post has motivated me to plan a Zoo trip soon. I love all the details and photos you included. I agree with you that the best part of going to the Zoo is being able to see animals you wouldn’t normally see in everyday life. It’s such a great experience for kids.
From those pics, I can tell you both had a wonderful and fun-filled day.
She loves outdoors. Zoo is a great place to learn and see nature. I love your photos!
Looks like such a fun zoo!
Zoos have certainly been a favorite for our family too and I am glad we have about 3 pretty cool zoos within an hour’s ride (the closest one is about 20 mins away)..
I can see she had a great time at Akron…
I haven’t been to this zoo, but it looks like a fun place to explore. Sounds like a great place to bring the whole family.
Seems like a fun zoo! We need to plan to go!