We went to the Zoo today. The weather was perfect. It was warm but not hot at all. A strong breeze was blowing the whole time. It was one of the prettiest days we've had in a long time. We didn't get to the zoo until about 2 pm but we finished before they closed. Since the weather was so nice, we really enjoyed ourselves but to be honest, Nashville Zoo is a huge disappointment. Like, hey dude I want my $18 bucks back. The way it's built is more like a natural habitat than a zoo. The animals are so far away and there are too many places for them to hide. Caroline didn't want to stand and wait for them to come near us so we just moved on with barely a glimpse of some animals. I definitely felt like I didn't get my money's worth.
I haven't been to another zoo (except when ours was in a different location), but is this normal? I guess I want the animals in cages which sounds bad for the animals. I just want to see them up close, KWIM? There were a few smaller animals you could see close like birds, lemurs and reptiles in the amphibian center. The larger ones like tigers, cheetahs, elephants and giraffes were so far away we needed binoculars! Too bad we didn't know that in advance - we would have taken some! At least the playground rocked. Caroline could have stayed there for hours except she was tired from walking. We had a little gift shop fiasco at the end but I'm trying to forget that. We DID enjoy the day and spending time together.
I had to really crop the pictures I got to make them even halfway decent. I'm glad we went today but that will most definitely be our last trip to the Nashville Zoo. I'm thinkin' Knoxville, Memphis or Louisville next. Has anyone been to any of those? I'd love to hear about them.