We had planned to go to the zoo last weekend, but as I woke, I could hear the rain hitting the window. It wasn’t especially cold for January, but it was wet. Going to the zoo wasn’t exactly an ideal rainy day activity. We debated about staying home, but after our four day surprise weekend because of the ice storm last week, this momma didn’t really want to be cooped up in the house with a bunch of stir crazy littles again. So we packed up the car and headed to San Antonio Zoo.
And I am so glad we did! It was a great day. It was the Best, Most Surprising Rainy Day Activity Ever! I couldn’t have imagined it going any smoother than it did.
Little man loved being in his wagon, as usual, and I loved that it had a cover to keep him and his things dry.
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The animals didn’t seem to mind the cool rain at all.
The rain was coming down pretty hard at first so we headed to some of the many indoor exhibits. Stop for a minute and think about just how many indoor areas there are at the San Antonio Zoo, and any zoo for that matter. Most have at least a reptile house and a bird house. But there are usually a few other fun areas too, for hippos or indoor viewing areas for cats. It’s really the ideal place to go when it’s raining. First we stopped to see the Komodo Dragon. Then we headed over to the reptile house. One of the trainers was feeding the baby crocodiles (I think that’s what they were anyway).
Be sure to look for the window labeled nursery for a peak at the tiny baby turtles.
Love this photo my daughter took of the iguana. She says he is just so cute.
Next, we headed over to this semi-covered walkway for a peak at the cats. You can see how there is shelter at each window, perfect for keeping out of the rain.
Stopped to see the Jaguar of course. Can’t wait for the new walkway to be complete. Looks like it’s going to lots of fun.
Around the corner and down the hill, head into the Africa Live indoor exhibit for a look at the ever popular baby hippo playing with his Grandma. Warm and out of the rain, we spent quite a bit of time inside this exhibit. The hippos are so cute together. For more pics and info on the hippos, and getting your photo with the hippo at the green screen check out this post. Photo Package at the San Antonio Zoo
The Zoo did a great job as always of setting up lots of indoor activities for the kids. These educational stations were set up over by the Nile crocodiles. There was a Crocodile and hippo display. Staff was available to demonstrate how the crocodile opens and closes its mouth.
There was also a cockroach station. The keepers showed the kids how the cockroaches actually like being held and petted. They relax and start to make little noises when you rub their backs.
We headed back outside where the rain had let up. We had the whole place to ourselves. Check out this panoramic 360 shot to see the zoo when there’s no one there but you and the animals. This guy was adorable! Playing in the mud and making funny noises.
We finished up our day in the Hixon Bird House. Nice and Warm in there. A lot of tropical, colorful birds. But our favorite part was seeing and watching the Blue Taraco. There is a sign on his home that tells you a little bit about his notoriety and a QR code to scan. If you don’t have a QR code reader app in your phone, download one before you go. You’re going to want to scan that code so you can hear the blue turaco and watch as the zoo’s blue turaco looks around amazed at who could be making that noise. It was pretty cool. Keep your eyes peeled for other qr codes as you visit. They are always really fun ways to get the kids to learn and interact with the animals.
The kids had a great time, running and splashing in the puddles, warming up in the indoor exhibits and just being together. So don’t let a little rain stop you from having a great day and making some amazing memories with your littles.
We purchased annual memberships for the whole family in November. More info on that here.
As of this year, I am very excited to announce that I am an official member of the San Antonio Zoo Zootroop. So look for more fun articles from us about the zoo.