I know it sounds crazy. Zoo lights are gorgeous. There’s no arguing that. But let’s consider these top 5 reasons why you should skip the zoo lights and just go during the day.
#1. Low crowds. Literally everybody wants to see zoo lights. And the entire city will be trying to cram into the adorable little parking lot. Imagine the traffic!! No thanks. We went around 2 and the parking lot was mostly empty. The zoo was delightfully unbusy and little man got to get out of the wagon and run without me having to worry.
#2. The animals are so much more active. Check out this video of the adorable baby hippo. Half of the animals won’t even be out in their habitats come nighttime.
#3. We’re not all amazing photographers. You know we all have those pics of our kids in front of Christmas lights where their little faces have so much shadow that you’re not even sure if those are your kids or not. Not a problem during the day. Enjoy the beautiful photo ops and decorations with the perfect shade from the gorgeous oak trees.
#4. You can enjoy Brackenridge Park for a bit before the drive home. This place is amazing and deserves a post of its own in the near future. This bridge was literally the coolest thing. The kids and I were all freaking out as my husband drove over it.
click here for a super short video of the coolest bridge ever!!
And #5. The top reason why you should go ahead and visit the zoo at Christmastime during the day…drum roll please!!!!
You can ride the camels anytime of day! For $8.00 per person you can ride the camel. What’s more Christmasy than that? It doesn’t cost any more to let the kids ride the camel all by themselves or together. So I let them have their own individual ride, and there was no on in line behind us, making us feel rushed to hurry them along. They enjoyed every moment of it!
So that’s it! 5 reasons why you should just go during the day. Christmas is a busy time of year for all of us. If you time it right, you might still be there when they turn the lights on. And you might even make it home in time to keep the littles on something close to their normal bedtime schedule.
If you love the zoo animals as much as we do, consider a membership. More info on that here.
Also consider checking out some of my other favorite animal lover experiences at nearby SeaWorld San Antonio
Warning, once you see the baby hippo you’re gonna want anything and everything hippo related for yourself and your littles.