The last admission tickets are sold and major animal exhibits begin closing at 4:30pm.
This is a great zoo to visit even during busier times as it is well laid out and offers distance between each exhibit so that crowds don't really form and everyone gets a chance to see. We visited on a weekday and although there was a large school there on a field trip, we were still able to enjoy it without bumping into the groups or feeling rushed. Lots of mature trees provide shade on sunny days and there are plenty of benches, picnic tables, etc. to rest between stops. We loved visiting the playground after we had seen all the exhibits to get out those last wiggles and relax a bit from walking around. Be forewarned - there are lots of "extras" that can be purchased at this zoo. Horse rides, Skylift rides, train rides, paddle boat rides, parakeet feedings, and giraffe feedings while fun are extra and not included in the admission price. We had a great time on the Skylift and it was fun soaring above the animals (especially giraffe) heads and offered a neat look at the zoo from the sky.
For a medium sized zoo this one is very well laid out. I was born and raised in Montgomery and I have seen this zoo grow as I have. You can tell money was put into this zoo for renovations. At least I know it has as the huge sprawling enclosures give the animals room to roam compared to the old cages that used to be there.
Its particularly fun to go around the Christmas season when they have the Christmas LIghts up. Plus the train is always a hit with the kids as well. So theres plenty to see and do at the zoo.
From a locals perspective this zoo has grown and prospered, its a nice break and a great place to take the kids for a couple hours or more.
Our family loves the Montgomery Zoo. We purchase a family membership every year, which is a total bargain. 2 trips to the zoo and your pass is paid for, for the whole year. We really like to visit a lot in the summer when the kids are out of school. It is a great place to spend the morning, before it gets too hot out, look around at the awesome animal exhibits for a couple of hours and then make your way to the playground. The playground is AWESOME, my kids love it, there are so many things to do including your typical playground stuff and even pony riding. I always bring a picnic or some snacks and we rest, play, and eat. There is also a cafe with your typical fast food items - hamburgers, chicken fingers, corn dogs, french fries, etc. The zoo is clean, they have a wonderful variety of animals, and the newest edition is a Skylift across the whole zoo so you can get an aerial view of the animals. Another favorite of my kids is the parakeet pavilion where you can feed the parakeets out of your hand as they fly to and fro across the screened pavilion. There is also a train that takes you around the perimeter of the zoo for an extra $3/person. My children are 4 & 8 and they are always excited to go to the zoo.
My family and I get an annual pass every year! The girls love going to the zoo to see the animals, ride the train and even play on the playground. The playground is a great area for the kids to run around and for the parents to relax on near by benches. You are allowed to have picnics in the pavilions. This zoo is by far one of the cleanest and open zoos we've been to.
We visited this zoo for a couple of times. If I compare to other big zoos, I can describe this one as a cozy family zoo. It's not a spectacular but family friendly for smaller children. And I liked the price ($10 for Adult and $7 for kids). We liked the savanna area to see elephants and other African animals. We also liked the train ride they had. However, next time we go there, we will avoid Halloween time since it was gory for my 2 year old and 3 year old.