June 22, 2012 by mamacravings
As a little girl, one of my favorite family activities was going to the zoo. I wanted to see every animal and study every information plaque at each exhibit (This was probably the first clue that I would one day be a teacher.).
As a mom, I am just as in love with the zoo. It is thrilling to watch Eli’s expression and listen to his delight in seeing each animal. We “ooh” and “ahh” over God’s creation, and we learn about the world around us.
Recently our family vacation took us to San Antonio Zoo. It was the middle of a June Texas day. We were hot, sticky and exhausted. And we made some great family memories.
Experiencing the zoo with a toddler can be quite the adventure. Eli wants to walk (though we took the stroller for back up) and he wants to be able to explore. At two, much of his learning experiences come from touch and observation. San Antonio Zoo was built for such a learning experience.
There are several larger than life sculptures of animals including a baby elephant and a giant tortoise shell.
Once the adventures had successfully retired Eli to his stroller, we took a moment to sit in the shade, watch the ducks, and enjoy snow cones.
San Anotonio Zoo had some recent additions to their family. There were several new babies, including a warthog and some adorable little ducklings.
One of my favorite things about San Antonio Zoo is how beautifully laid out and landscaped it is. Each exhibit gives a peak into the natural habitat of the animals.
After every exhibit had been explored, the family headed to a must-do at the San Antonio Zoo: the train ride. Eli adored being able to ride a real “choo choo trwain”. The conductor told tales of historic San Antonio while we rode a track around the zoo and a couple of local museums.
The first stop of our family vacation was a great success! San Antonio Zoo is a beautiful family outing that is busting with learning opportunities for both kids and adults. It is certainly one of my favorite stops in San Antonio.
Don’t miss: the beautiful historic hotel and our tour of the River Walk will be posted soon.