Time:3 - 4 hours
The best dates involve doing something special that makes you and your partner happy. If you have an animal lover in your life, go on a trip to the zoo - the next best thing to going on safari!
Nowadays, most western zoos operate as much to conserve endangered specieis as to entertain and are a million times better than they used to be. Perfect for families as well as couples, a day at the zoo is a day of non-stop exploration and fun! They’re filled with thousands of fascinating species, fun events and interesting exhibitions to challenge young minds as well as older ones. And in case you’re looking for romance - they have penguins!
- Fair weather
- Sensible shoes and casual clothing
- Snacks and drinks (optional)
- Zoo map (available upon admission)
- Event schedule (available upon admission)
- Find a zoo. Do a bit of research on the zoos in your area (a maximum of 2 hours away) and opt for the largest one (if you want to see many different kinds of animals) or the one with the best reputation (which will likely satisfy you just as much as a big zoo, if not more). If you or your partner are bringing small children along, then you may also want to check for those with petting zoos.
- Check the weather forecast. Rain can easily make an otherwise fun day out feel like a drag, so try to schedule the date for a dry day with some sunshine. As you’ll be outside most of the time, it would be best to avoid the hottest days of summer and the coldest days of winter.
- Dress sensibly. Whether this is your second date or you and your partner have been together for years, it’s important to dress for the destination - in this case, very casual. Look nice, but make sure to wear comfortable shoes meant for the dirt, such as sneakers or hiking boots.
- Be prepared. Take a camera and binoculars (both optional) to make sure you don’t miss anything! Rain slickers or plastic ponchos are also a great thing to have on hand in case of unexpected showers (zoo tickets are too expensive to throw away if it starts raining). Plenty of picnic tables will be available to sit at, so if you don’t want to spend extra money buying food there, take along a picnic lunch of your favorite things! And if you’re taking children to the petting zoo, bring coins for the food machines.
- Enjoy! There may be too many attractions to see in one visit, so use the park map to plot out a manageable route that will bring you to your highest priority exhibits first. Make sure to look for special events, such as animal feedings, shows and educational lectures to get the most out of your day!
Many of the animals at the zoo are endangered and on strict diets. Refrain from feeding them anything that isn’t expressly approved by the zoo.
If bringing children along, watch them closely and make sure they don’t venture too close to the animal enclosures. The animals may look cuddly, but they are also wild.
Zoo tickets can be relatively expensive, so check the zoos website, along with online discount sites, for potential money-saving 2-for-1 or family discounts.