Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Montgomery Zoo-Zoo Weekend April 2-3 & Why a Zoo Membership Makes Sense

Normally I stick to freebies, but I love The Montgomery Zoo so much that I wouldn't want you to forget about Zoo Weekend this Saturday and Sunday from 9-6.
Combo admission to the Zoo and Mann Museum is: Adults $14, Children (3-12yrs) $10, Toddlers (2yrs and younger) FREE.  Zoo only admission is: Adults $10, Seniors (65 yrs and older) $9, Children (3-12yrs) $7, Toddlers (2yrs and younger) FREE.  Montgomery Zoo members are FREE.  Group and military discounts are available.  Train ride: $3 per person. Giraffe Encounter: $2 per person. Pedal Boats: $8 for the first person, $10 for two, $12 for three and $14 for four; maximum of four passengers per boat, 30 minute ride.

You can check out their website for more details on Zoo Weekend Events.

I do want to highly recommend a membership to the zoo. Here's why: Take my family for example. Two adults, one child and one toddler-for all of us to go to the zoo, museum and ride the train it would cost a whopping $50. The family combo membership is $80, add the train for $25 and you get a whole year's worth of train rides and zoo and museum visits for only $105. The same amount as we would pay for two visits.
Another example for those with toddlers: My super smart stay at home mom friend has a baby who just turned one. She got the individual plus one membership to the Zoo only for $35. The baby gets in free anyway and now she and her husband or any other family member or friend can go to the zoo anytime they want to. She says the baby likes the (newly added) baby swings so they spend a lot of time there. 

We love having a membership. You don't feel pressured to see everything every time you go because you have to get your money's worth. If we only have one or two free hours we can still go, visit one or two animals and then head home. We can go to the playground, have a picnic and then leave if we want. If it's raining we just go to the Mann Museum and walk around. With the membership we also get free admission to The Christmas Light Festival and Zoo Weekend. (We went to the Christmas Light Festival at least 3 times during the holiday season.) We also get a discount at the gift shop and the concessions stands. But usually we bring our own food, because a picnic is more fun. If you want to check it out for yourselves you can look at their website. (They are not paying me to say this. But how I wish they would throw a free family membership my way for it. Wink, Wink.)


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