It's a Zoo Out There!
Okay, there are a lot of zoos out there and I am going to point out a couple more good ones and tell you how to get a good deal on zoo visitations.
My children love animals...my daughter wants to be a vet when she grows up and my son wants to protect endangered species, so whenever we travel, zoos are high on our list to visit. Now some zoos are private, like the Metro Richmond Zoo I told you about recently. The Washington National Zoo is free.
But then there are many zoos that belong to a network of zoos called American Zoo and Aquarium Association. If you go down the list you will see Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke and Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk are on the list. If you go to Mill Mountain Zoo and get a family membership for 45.00, you will receive free admittance to Mill Mountain Zoo for the next year as often as you like (see site for other perks) and you will be able to go to other AZA zoos around the country for 1/2 price or free.
There is a great zoo in Asheboro, NC. North Carolina Zoological Park is huge and well worth the drive. You could spend two or three days in this zoo trying to see everything! So support your local zoo (and you can visit the Mill Mountain Star while you are there), and then when you are traveling to visit family or going on vacation or just want a brief out of town trip, look for another zoo near you!