The Birmingham Zoo was a get out of the car and walkabout stop for us. Heading out on long drives was never a lot of fun but with two young ones in tow it can be excruciating. Luckily there always seems to be something to see or do in this great land. So as we seek out places to stop to get our girls out of the car for a spell we came across the Birmingham Zoo. It turned out to be a nice break for us. It was a much bigger and better zoo than we thought the city of http://plainadventure.com/tag/birmingham/Birmingham might have.
Home to 950 animals on 122 acres. The Birmingham Zoo has a large collection of African and North American animals. Its two signature exhibits are the nicely done Trails of Africa and the Alabama Wilds & Barbara Ingalls Shook Black Bear Trail. It housed a larger variety of animals than we expected. We figured they would have lions, tigers, bears, and possibly elephants. However, we were surprised they had hippos, seals, and a large variety of reptiles and birds.
The zoo is laid out in a different pattern than other ones we have been to. Instead of having a circular path, The Birmingham Zoo was laid out more in a tree like pattern. The entrance being the trunk and having branches that lead to different animal exhibits. So it is a bit of a walk to see all the exhibits. No complaints from us though I did hear a few visitors comment about the distance.
Like most zoos we have visited there seems to be a concerted effort to increase the size of the animal enclosures. Birmingham Zoos newer exhibits seemed to take that to heart with a nice size African elephant yard and a large black bear enclosure. Some of their more dated exhibits seemed to be a bit on the cramped side, but the animals seemed happy and healthy. Happy and healthy animals always make for a great zoo experience.
Overall, we enjoyed our visit to the Birmingham Zoo. Not the greatest zoo we have ever visited but it has a certain quality about it. The girls enjoyed the visit and chance to get out of the car for a while. Getting a chance to experience something nice and help the girls travel gets two thumbs up in our book.
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Located at 2630 Cahaba Road Birmingham, Alabama
Hours of Operation 9:00 a.m. to 5 P.m. Monday Wednesday and Thursday, the rest of the week 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cost as of this Posting Adults 13 and over $16, Seniors 65 and over $14 and Children 2 to 12 $11
For more information visit their website at https://www.birminghamzoo.com/