Reid Park Zoo is a small zoo located in Tuscon with anteaters, giraffes and more.
We have had a membership to this zoo and have enjoyed it. There is a pretty good variety of animals and you are able to feed the giraffes. The walkways are stroller-friendly and the entire zoo is pretty accessible. The parking situation leaves a lot to be desired. Many times we have visited and found the entire lot full, plus the overflow parking down the street. We have turned around and left before because of the lack of parking.
I was not expecting much from this little zoo but we went anyway since we were in Tucson and wanted to enjoy the nice weather. We were pleasantly surprised.
It was amazing how close we could get to the giraffes and rhinos. The enclosures are spacious for the animals, but the viewing area goes all around the enclosure so you could practically reach out and touch them. My husband said he never realized how big the rhinos really were.
I guess the Elephant area is new. They have a whole herd of Elephants in this huge area. It was really cool to compare the different sizes of the elephants. My kids (ages 7-2) really enjoyed all the interactive exhibits in this area that help you learn about elephants.
There is a whole section for African animals and another for South American animals. It was really cool to see unique animals close up, especially when we were expecting monkeys and ducks.
The zoo was clean, had a couple good play areas, and some fun extras we didn't do this time (like feeding the giraffes, concessions, shows in the conservation center). There is a fair amount of shade but you will have to be in the sun a little bit.
TIP: As members of the Phoenix Zoo, we got free admission through reciprocal agreements, so be sure to check your reciprocal agreements if you have a zoo membership
The Zoo is so much fun. We have a membership and so we go very often. So much has been renovated. We love to see the lion cubs, the new elephant exhibit, and visit the splash park often since it gets SO hot in the summertime. My son always asks if we can go to the zoo. The staff is friendly, and it is never crowded.
The Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Az. in my opinion is Awesome! It was affordable to get in, then if you arrive early, you can feed the giraffes for like a quarter. Lots of animals, a nice gift shop, and a nice snack bar. There is a huge park next door, so if you wait to eat til last then you can walk over to the park and sit one of the many picnic tables and enjoy your snack.
We recently took our 9 month old to the Reid Park Zoo for the first time. It was actually my first time too (although my husband has been a million times since he's a Tucson native). The zoo, although small compared to those found in large cities, is adorable, well kept, clean, and very family friendly. The family restroom at the front of the park was pretty well situated and designed. All of the staff were very helpful and friendly. The exhibits are well laid out and offer little tidbits to entertain a variety of age groups. We went on Veteran's Day, so I think it was busier than usual since kids were out of school, however it wasn't overly crowded and was easy to navigate and even relaxing. This is a definite TO DO if you're in Tucson with kiddos!