When I was a little kid growing up in Marion County one of the things I looked forward to the most was going to the “big city” a few times a year. Whether it was a field trip to the Kentucky Center for a play, or a family trip to Kentucky Kingdom, it felt like I was going to a different world everytime I made the hour long trip to Louisville. One of the places that had the biggest impact on me as a kid was the Louisville Zoo. I think I liked it so much that I decided to buy a house within walking distance, which brings me to the topic of this article…THE ZOO IS STILL AWESOME!
Walking around the Zoo as an adult brings back a lot of memories. There are a lot of things that haven’t changed over the years, like the monkey exhibit as soon as you walk in to the left, and the komodo dragon statue that’s been worn down from all of the toddlers and adults that have taken a seat for the perfect photo op (although it’s changed from the instant camera snap to the selfie). Even though a lot is still the same, so much has changed. The Colobus monkeys have a sweet new exhibit that lets them run overhead while guests watch, and the snow leopards, polar bears and seals have completely new homes with a lot more room to relax. It’s a definite testament to the work the folks at the Zoo have put into creating an amazing experience for everyone who visits. It’s something that I took for granted while I was going to school, and even after I moved to Camp Taylor. Thankfully, due to some persistent persuasion from the fiance (Thanks Kate!), I’ve rediscovered all the Zoo has to offer!
The first thing about the Zoo is that it’s an amazing workout. The one-mile plus path is full of hills and steps that are sure to get your heart rate up (especially if you’re recovering from an Achilles injury like your author). It’s a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday when all you want to do is hang out with friends and check out some cool animals. Even on a hot day you can enjoy your time and cool off in the indoor snake exhibits, which are either going to be your favorite stop or a place you’re sure to avoid.
The second thing that most people don’t realize is that you can grab a beer while you walk through the Zoo! Yes, in true Louisville fashion, you can drink while you search for the elusive Canadian Lynx. There are strategic stops all along the trail where you can find a few beers on tap, including a “Polar Beer” that is basically a Nut Brown Ale meant for year round consumption. It just adds another dimension to a must see Louisville attraction made for kids of all ages.
Hopefully this has convinced you to give the Zoo a chance the next time you’re thinking about what to do on the weekend. They offer really affordable memberships too, so you can go see King Louie the albino alligator anytime you want, skip the line! On top of that they’ve started doing after hours events like Brew at the Zoo on a smaller scale, like trivia and movie nights in case you want to visit without the crowds. Honestly, I don’t know why you’re still reading this, you should be on your way to the Louisville Zoo!