Eurotrip Day 5: London HSL Zoo

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.

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Seattle Zoo, Pikes Place Market, and Museum of Flight

We accomplished a lot in the two days we were in Seattle before heaving off to Whistler, BC. Today we knocked out the Zoo, Pikes Place Market, and the Museum of Flight! I felt like it was the actual real ultimate Seattle experience and would recommend it for anybody coming for a 24 hour layover or stop. Favorite thing? Was probably the Pikes Place Market!

First stop: Nuflours Bakery (all gluten free) was decent, but nothing to write home about. But props to carry gf products at all!

Instead of doing a tradition blog post I decided to just make another video picture blog of my adventure, any questions feel free to ask, but click the video below to see my photos from the zoo, pikes market, and the flight museum!

The San Diego Zoo, the Zoo of all Zoos, or is it?

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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.

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Let’s go into the 1, the only, the San Diego Zoo!

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Chicago Adventures: Flight In | Virgin Hotel | Lincoln Park Zoo

Found an excellent deal on some tickets to Chicago for 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.

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Memphis, TN – The Memphis Zoo & Dinner Bounty on Broad

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.

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Welcome to the Memphis Zoo!

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MN Week Day 3: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

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.

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MN Week Day 2: Minnesota Zoo & Sealife Aquarium

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.

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Little Rock Zoo, Professional Zooby Review

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Little Rock Zoo Welcomes You!

Been to this Zoo a couple times now and it’s pretty large and decent. Takes few hours to complete and pretty clean. I’d say 20% the animals here are rehab animals and have server conditions, especially the cats which is sad to see but also a good thing if they are taking care of them.

If you need someone to come love your kitties everyday LR Zoo please message me I’ll come everyday and throw treats and give good kittie rubs. The arthritis they have is sad to witness in such small cages but I’m sure y’all take good care of them.

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Can’t wait to check on mah kitties in the LRZoo.

The cafe is pretty large, a lot of room to sit down, some junk food options and that’s about it, no real healthy nor gluten free choices and I’d be afraid of any cross contamination to try anything.

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Some fresh hay, you know whatt hay hay hay.

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Big Front Seats on Spirit Airlines and a trip to Tampa Florida

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Trip is booked, who’s ready to go?

Got a good price on a trip to Tampa,

Florida so said why not let’s go see what Tampa has to offer, and hey last time I was on a layover there the airport had gluten-free beer so it left a good impression. This adventure we ended up flying out of Houston so stopped by Houston’s first certified green restaurant “Ruggles Green” – one of my favorites, and then a quick stay at Springhill Suites.

 

The next day we flew out flying Spirit Airlines which I read was the worst plane company ever, but turned out to be the best plane I’ve ever flew especiall when you sit in the big front seats… first class upgrade for $15 I think so. Then join me on a day trip to Busch Gardens! Keep on reading…

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