Went to Memphis for the weekend to check out the Zoo, wanted to check on the animals, big cats. Of course a trip to Memphis isn’t complete without a stop at IKEA.
I still rank Memphis Zoo one of the top 5 Zoo’s in the country and I’ve been to over 55 Zoo’s in the world, it’s a damn good Zoo. Best time to go would be around Spring when everything is in bloom, however for a slower persons count hit it up during the winter. Also grubbed at Flight, Ikea, and Paulettes pictured above, all great spots.
So hitting up Calgary and Banff these next couple days and the first stop is of course the Calgary Zoo! This place was epic, total winter wonderland and every animal was out! Check out the quick 2 minute video I made on the experience instead of some photos. I’d recommend going to the Calgary Zoo during a winter wonderland event for sure, 0 people and it’s beautiful. Also they have gluten free bread, gluten free desserts, and a variety of other gluten free menu items. We flew United 737 from Houston, Texas.
Used my Sony A7III 4K. Tomorrow heading to Banff, that should be super super dope.
Can never go to a major place without visiting the Zoo, doh, we are professional Zoobyz.
My second International Zoo!
London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on 27 April 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. In 1831 or 1832, the animals of the Tower of London menagerie were transferred to the zoo’s collection. It was eventually opened to the public in 1847. Today, it houses a collection of 673 species of animals, with 19,289 individuals, making it one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom. The zoo is sometimes called Regent’s Zoo.
It is managed under the aegis of the Zoological Society of London (established in 1826), and is situated at the northern edge of Regent’s Park, on the boundary line between the City of Westminster and the borough of Camden (the Regent’s Canal runs through it). The Society also has a more spacious site at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire to which the larger animals such as elephants and rhinos have been moved. As well as being the first scientific zoo, ZSL London Zoo also opened the first reptile house (1849), first public aquarium (1853), first insect house (1881) and the first children’s zoo (1938).
ZSL receives no state funding and relies on ‘Fellows’ and ‘Friends’ memberships, entrance fees and sponsorship to generate income.
Driving down San Diego freeway this Southwest Jet just flew right over us, to cool!
Finally get to visit the big cheese, the one, the only, San Diego Zoo! From what I’ve read this is supposedly one of if not the best Zoo in the world. Finally on this journey we get to explore the Zoo and see what it’s all about. Come along for the journey as I go chill at the San Diego Zoo. Turn’s out it really wasn’t all that hyped up as one thought it would be, for one the Memphis Zoo is way better in my opinion to name one.
Spotted a Disney Cruise Line ship, had no idea they went to San Diego.
The San Diego Zoo is also not for older people, or people with bad fitness skills as there are many hills and bridges to cross. Mostly upwards motion going on in this place, so be prepared to walk! Overall it’s a 3 on a 1-5 Zoo’s. Price per adult ticket= $54. Also the most expensive Zoo I’ve been too, minus Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Found an excellent deal on some tickets to Chicagofor the weekend so said let’s do this. Only downside was the whole media hype on “crime”, however turned out to be the opposite of the local Chicago scene.
Waiting views out of Memphis, TN.
So I used Hotel Tonight app to find us a hotel for the two nights, usually my deal is book flights way in advance and wait till last minute for hotels. Unless I know there’s a convention going down or something that will make the prices rise. Hotel Tonight is great at finding awesome deals, I found Richard Bransons Hotel Virgin for a decent price and said let’s do it. It’s also a top rated hotel in downtown Chicago.
Was a pretty cool hotel and the check in staff was delightful. The smell of the hotel is like a Westin with a dope smell to it, and the amenities were also epic.
So on day two of our trip to Memphis we hit up the Memphis Zoo, turns out the Memphis Zoo is a top contender for literally one of the best Zoo’s I’ve ever been too. This Zoo has it all, it’s Disney quality and it’s easy on the feet. Also multiple stations to eat, shaded areas, and places to sit.
I don’t need a detailed review, all I can say is if you love Zoo’s the Memphis Zoo is worth a flight to stay the weekend and check out. Even though Memphis is pretty ghetto, this Zoo is literally the best thing going for it. Also tried a gluten free spot called Bounty on Broad, tune in after the gallery below.
Talk about a busy place, here is a little run down of the Como Park Zoo below:
The Como Park zoo and conservatory are owned by the City of Saint Paul and are a division of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. The attractions located there include the zoo, the conservatory, an amusement park, a carousel, Lake Como, a golf course, a pool and more. The park receives more than 1.9 million visitors annually. Como Park is a free park and while no admission fee is charged for the zoo or conservatory, voluntary donations of $3 per adult and $2 child are suggested.
Walking in to the Como Park you see the Conservatory first
It was a free park to visit! We also went on a Friday I believe so it was so busy and more moms then you could count and probably the most kids and babies I’ve ever seen in my life. This place was pretty epic and cool however with many great things to see and do. They also have MOLDARAMA MACHINES! My favorite.
Pretty impressive entrance for being FREE! Hit Read More.
So I think this will be 18th or 19th Zoo around the USA. If you did not know my goal is to go to every Zoo I can possibly get my hands on. The Minnesota Zoo would be a Gucci, or LV brand if it was a retail store. It’s on the higher quality end with unique merchandise, excellent architecture, and huge animal exhibits for roaming space which always makes everyone happy. They had a lot of cats and they love to play and climb trees.
a Zoo that also has an Imax? All day affair right here.
The part that also makes this zoo awesome is there indoor birdarium/terrarium place which is beautiful and very well themed. Including an indoor rain shower like these animals legit think there back in their own turf.
all these cats are snoozin on the job!
The only downside? Well most Zoo’s I know to pack my own food however being so large I thought they would have something and a lot of children visited this place totally lacks any food allergy concerns. Or staff trained to deal with such issue. The lady at the Penguin cafe had no idea what gluten free meant nor any recommendations, I asked her co-worker since she didn’t think of that idea on her own and she also had no idea about gluten free or food allergies.
My only advice to this place? #1 get your monorail working, what the heck man. #2 Please offer gluten free/food allergy options to the masses, this will change the Zoo dynamic across the country if you adopt this first. As many children come visit you, it’s ashame they have to pack their lunch, why not offer gluten free bread for sandwiches, or cookies, cmon. Anyways thanks for taking care of all my cats. Hit read more to see my full Zoo gallery.