It has been ages since we have been wanting to take Maddie to the Ft. Worth Zoo. Maddie and I went to the Dallas Zoo last year, but apparently the Ft. Worth Zoo is WAY better.
Brian had to use up all his vacation by April because it starts back up next month, so he took a long weekend during Easter. His last day off was Monday after Easter, so we chose that day to make the trek to Ft. Worth.
We got to Ft. Worth just in time for a quick stop for lunch then went into the zoo. Ashlee met up with us after her afternoon class had finished then, we went to her and Rachel's (Ashlee's roommate and Corey's fiance.) apartment to chill for a little bit, then we all went to Joe-T Garcia's for diner. We had a fun day and Maddie was snoring in her car-seat the second we started the drive home.
Over all, here are my feelings about the two zoo's. I loved the Ft. Worth Zoo. The area is very pretty and they had so many different animals and exhibits the Dallas Zoo does not have. However, the Dallas Zoo had a better area for kids. In Dallas, Maddie was able to ride a camel and a pony and they had a small water area for hot little bodies to play in and cool off. I have never been so thankful to see a water play area in my life. We were SO hot when we went that day last summer, Maddie's clothes were soaking, but by the time we reached the car, she was completely dry. So, in conclusion, if you want to see a large variety of animals and walk under cool shady trees, definitely pick the Ft. Worth Zoo. If you just want to see some animals but you also want your kid to do some fun things too, pick the Dallas Zoo. We might have missed some things in Ft. Worth since we went a little "out of season". They had a western town to walk through, but the doors were all closed so we didn't get to see that. I still prefer the water play area when its hot though.
We took the wagon thinking it would just be for our bags. Surprisingly Maddie wanted to ride in it the whole time.
Brian made friends with a squirrel while Maddie and I were in the bathroom. He loved the animal crackers Brian was feeding him.
Elephants are my favorite.
I think he really thinks he's king of the jungle.
Brian took Maddie into a giant walk-in bird cage. It was cool, but I didn't want to get pooped on. Plus, someone had to stay with the wagon. Birds aren't my thing.
Although, I do love these birds.
"Kanga and Roo"
Our only family photo of the trip. I forgot I had on a dress when I sat down. Good thing Maddie was in front of me, or everyone would be getting a show.
We finished the day at the famous Joe-T's. It was delicious.