We decided to take Tate for a day trip to the Bronx Zoo. Tate loves animals so we knew he’d enjoy himself!
Although there are closer zoos, like the one at Central Park, the Bronx Zoo is the main zoo and certainly the one recommended as best to go to.
As soon as we entered the zoo Tate was definitely keen to get going. He’d been reading a book about the zoo in the last few weeks so had a rough idea what he might see.
We knew that we’d have about half an hour or so before a sea lion show, so we looked at a few animals before heading over to the sea lions. We made sure we didn’t miss seeing Tate’s favourite.
They had a lot of giraffe’s including at least one baby. Tate watched them for quite a while.
On the way to the sea lion show we saw a georgeous peacock wandering around. It was gaining a lot of attention and cooperated with everyone wanting to take photos!
The sea lion show, although only advertised as sea lion feeding, was actually a mixture of feeding and showing the sea lions doing tricks. Unfortunately I didn’t seem to be any good at catching the tricks!
After the show it was time to check out an interesting ‘exhibit’ at the zoo. It is called the Dinosaur Safari and remains at the zoo until September 8th. There was a huge line up, so we had to wait for ages. I’m so glad that Tate quite enjoyed it. When it was our turn, we jumped into the back of a truck with other zoo goers and sat on benches. We were then driven around an area of the park where they apparently found a portal to the Jurassic era.
There were many more dinosaurs to see! The safari took about 20 minutes and then we we’re dropped off to an area where kids could pretend to be palaeontologists and dig for fossils. Not really of interest for Tate! What was cool though was a dinosaur that you could view to understand the inner workings.
After such a busy morning it was definitely time for lunch and then a quick nap in the pram for Tate, while Richard and I checked out a few things that Tate was less likely to be interested in.
After Tate’s nap he spent some time learning about new animals that he hadn’t really heard of before like Ibis, Vulture, Eagle, Gorilla etc etc.
The zoo also features a bug carousel. Tate has never been on a carousel before so it was worth a try. Initially he looked a bit peaked and unsure but once he realised that he’d see daddy every time it went around he started to enjoy himself.
There were lots of other exhibits to check out like the Wild Asia Minorail, Children’s Zoo, Butterfly Garden, and much more. It was a long day but Tate had a great time. And learnt about lots of animals.