Did you know Las Vegas had a zoo? Home to more than 200 species of plants and animals, this low-profile zoo is great way to spend an afternoon with the whole family!
The Southern Nevada Zoological Botanical Park, locally known as the Las Vegas Zoo, is home to all kinds of critters. It houses apes, chimps, ostriches, exotic reptiles, goats, parrots, flamingos, and many other species of birds. The Las Vegas Zoo is located at 1775 North Rancho Drive in Las Vegas, Nevada. Entrance is $9.00 per adult, $7.00 per child over two and seniors. Babies get in free. If you go t o their website , you can get a $2.00 off coupon for a child’s admission with a paid adult admission.
The Las Vegas Zoo is relatively small and not very busy, even on the weekends. It will only take an hour or two out of your day. Upon entrance, you will be given the chance to give birdseed to roosters, hens, and pigeons that are roaming freely around the place. Little ones will love pointing out the different animals. The pathways are beautiful as you make your way from exhibit to exhibit, and they are easily stroller-accessible. The Las Vegas Zoo does have a pair of lions, but it is difficult to catch sight of these more exotic animals in the 115 degree heat during summer months. If you want to get the most out of your visit, try going later in the year. They have an alligator exhibit that includes both an American and Chinese alligator. The reptile exhibit houses a viper and a rattlesnake, and the zoo has recently acquired a rare Indo-Chinese tiger. Besides the always-constant birds, the more interactive animals are the apes, who are out and about playing in their areas. Children will love it.
Once you leave, you will probably think you saw more birds than anything else at the Las Vegas Zoo. Remember to stop by their gift shop on your way out for a memento, and to grab a water at their concession stand. Visitors will need refreshment after spending a day at the Las Vegas Zoo during the sweltering summer months!
Tip: Older children will probably get bored pretty fast with this small zoo, but it is a good experience for first-timers. We took our two-year-old to the Las Vegas Zoo for his birthday, and he had a blast naming the different species of animals. You will too!