Summer vacation + rainy days = full museums and libraries.
So we headed to the Houston Zoo yesterday. And the zoo is this city's best kept secret on a rainy day.
|Our kiddos didn't mind the rain!|
Here are my top five reasons for visiting the zoo on a rainy day:
5. Parking is awesome. In the summer, our zoo visits start at 9 AM so we can beat the inevitable crowds. But on Wednesday we rolled in around 12:30 and parked in the fourth row. The rest of the lot was empty.
4. We beat the heat. We all know the saying "Houston is the city that a/c built". But on a cloudy, rainy zoo day, you don't need a/c. It was 79 degrees at 1:00 and wonderful.
3. Keeper chats turn into one-on-one discussions. I love to hear the keepers give the inside scoop on the animals at the zoo. Yesterday we were able to talk with the zookeepers at the elephant and giraffe exhibits. It was great!
Check out the elephants playing with the Keeper's water hose.
1. You can be first (or in front) every time. We didn't have to wait in line for anything and our kids always had the best views. We had a front row seat as the Andean bears had lunch. And we were the only ones in the Natural Encounters exhibit. It's always crowded in that building and it was empty. I saw animals that I had never seen before.
|The only other person in the Natural Encounters building was a staff member. The kids had a great time running from window to window and I didn't worry about being separated from them!|
The forecast calls for rain for the rest of the week. Don't let it keep you away from the zoo.