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Home to a variety of exotic animals, ranging from elephants and jaguars to flamingos and roaches, the Reid Park Zoo in central Tucson is a favorite place for families to spend a few hours. When you're not observing the animals from afar, several activities allow you to interact with them, such as the giraffe feedings. There's also a zoo train, a wet play area and a carousel, along with daily demonstrations with zoo keepers.
Many family visitors said a stop at the zoo is a must and said its small size was perfect for little legs to navigate. Reviewers also praised the water park, which they said was a great way for kids to cool off in the heat. Additionally, travelers recommended paying the extra $3 to feed the giraffes.
According to the zoo, animals tend to be the most active and crowds tend to be smallest early in the morning and just before closing. Field trip visits from local schools tend to be most popular each morning March through May. You'll find the zoo about 2 miles south of downtown Tucson. The Reid Park Zoo is open October to May from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June to September from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission costs $10.50 for adults ages 15 to 61, $8.50 for seniors 62 and older, and $6.50 for kids between the ages of 2 and 14. Parking is free. Outside food isn't permitted inside the zoo (it offers its own cafe), but you can pack your own meal and enjoy it at any of the picnic areas located just outside the zoo in Reid Park. Due to the region's high temps, the zoo always allows bottled water. You can learn more about the Reid Park Zoo by visiting its website.
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