Fantastic place for kids and adults alike! There are both indoor and outdoor venues, so it's fun even during the cold months. Bring your own lunch for a picnic on the zoo grounds. From November- February, the last Wednesday of each month offers FREE admission!
Sunday is the best day...Dec. 4th, it was deserted...approx 20 people at the entire zoo from 2:30pm to 5 PM..
New exhibits are open, but the giraffes are Impossible to see now, as they can go in their house, and you cant go see them in there anymore... the gift shop is full of amazingly over priced stuff... the cafeteria was awful, no line, but nastly burgers, and the kids sandwich went right in the trash... the drinks are evil and overpriced.. $22 of food ate a couple bites only... the bathrooms wete clean....
There is very little staff interaction... the carousel operator was throughly bored, yawning into the air...
My husband and I make it a point to visit a zoo or aquarium on every vacation we go on and the Hogle Zoo is one of my favorites! Right in the heart of the city, you'd be surprised to see so many big animal habitats...they weren't lacking any animals! The zoo was pretty busy on an August afternoon, be sure to pack sunscreen and water because there is lots of walking. My favorite part was the monkey house, so many different species of monkeys I was memorized!
Bring or rent strollers for little ones
Because the Hogle Zoo is much smaller compared to the similiar facilities in other communities, it's very possible to see the entire zoo with little kids in less than an entire day. Gradually, the zoo has been upgrading its exhibits, and the changes have been great! Our favorite is the new polar bear exhibit. The bear can swim right up to the kids (behind heavy glass, of course), and it's quite a thrill! The viewing areas is large, too, so you don't have to wait a long time to see the animals.
The new restaurant at the zoo is also a great change of pace from the regular offerings available. It offers lots and lots of choices for a variety of dining tastes and a very nice, clean, air-conditioned seating area. I can't wait for Hogle Zoo to debut its new African Safari exhibit in 2013! Here's hoping they take as much care with that new exhibit as they have the others made over the previous years.
This has to be one of my kid's favorite places in the valley. They have made MASSIVE improvements to the habitats since I was a kid and I think it is fantastic. The big cat exhibit is amazing, especially if you go during the winter! All the cats are out and you get to actually see them playing not just sleeping! The brand new Seal/ Sea Lion exhibit is a great addition too. We could spend an hour just sitting there watching them play. It is well worth the money to go, especially if you buy the season pass~
We love the new Beastro by the Elephants. We choose a seat by the window where we have a front row view of the elephants. It is great to get inside from the summer heat or winter cold, but the kids can still see the animals! Plus they have delicious homemade macaroni and cheese that is always a hit with the kids.
This place can be a crowded mess sometimes. They do christmas "zoo lights" during the winter, and normal zoo exhibits during the summer. It is usually pretty crowded and parking is a nightmare. It is a little pricey. If you came here once, you wouldnt have to ever come back again. It's not that great.
Hoogle Zoo is the only real zoo in Utah and it has the usual animals a bear, a zebra etc. but in the nine years I've lived in Utah it's never not been under construction so there are always some attractions that are unavailable. As a result its not a sight we make a priority to see. It's also pretty expensive. So of a zoo experience is what you're looking for then head up there but once you've been you'll probably want to choose something else to do with your family.
What I like about the Hogle Zoo is that it is a nice place that is a nice size. I have heard of spectacular zoos in other states that can't even be seen in a one while day. With children I highly suggest visiting this zoo because it has great exhibits and it is feasable to see everything in a one-day trip.
We recently made a trip to the Hogle Zoo and my one-year-old enjoyed the trip and seeing the animals, but I was disappointed at how small the zoo felt. The African Savanna exhibit is currently under construction so some of the other exhibits seem like they're temporary - the giraffes are in an incredibly small space that isn't very pretty (a small patch of dirt against a big concrete building of some sort way in the corner of the zoo).
I think it said the new exhibit will be open in 2014 - so I would probably wait to get a membership or pass until then.
I wouldn't consider it one of the better zoo's I've been to. They are remodeling it right now so most of the zoo was shut down and the parts that weren't shut down barely had any animals. The new exhibits with the polar bear and seals were fun. Most of the other animals had tiny homes or wouldn't come out. It was a fun day and my 2 year old loved it. I probably won't go back until it's all renivated. Then it might be worth the price to get in.
The Hoggle Zoo is by no means like the San Diego Zoo, but I also don't think my kids would enjoy it if it was. I have little kids that don't want to spend all day at a zoo. The Hoggle Zoo is perfect because it isn't super expensive and it is a nice size for young kids. They have a bird show that is really great and you get to see the birds fly over head and do some tricks.
We enjoy Hogle zoo. It's just rather small. If you are coming here expecting San Diego zoo you will be surely disappointed. There would be no lions. So disappointing for my kids. Who knew there wouldn't be lions at a zoo? They have a rather small environment for the animals.
Having come from Phoenix, this zoo doesn't quite live up to what we are used to, but it was still clean and fun. My 5 year old loved seeing the animals and they have a fairly large selection. The bird show is super cute and well done. The kids laughed and really had a good time there. There's lots of walking (like at all zoos), so wear good shoes, bring water and snacks. There are tables to eat at in several locations. Food there is fairly pricey, but not too bad. They had really good ice cream that we enjoyed on a warm day.
Part of the zoo was closed for refurbishment when we were there which was a huge disappointment, but I do believe it is reopened now. Don't miss the tigers! They have several and they are really neat! There is also a kids park/play section that my kids would have gladly stayed at for longer than I let them.
If you don't like crowds, avoid going during the late morning/early afternoon in April/May if possible - lots of fieldtrips going on then.
I like the Hogle Zoo. It is perfect for our family of younger children. They are excited by the animals, even though it is not a very large zoo. They have done extensive renovations and the buildings look much more appealing than they did before, but I still think the animals look not as well taken care of. We go here once a year, usually in the spring or fall when it's not as hot.
This is a great place to take your family or even go alone! Great atmosphere and also a great lunch place. They also have a nursing room for mothers with babies which is an awesome addition. There are plenty of indoor exhibits if it's cold outside, so this is a year-round place to go! There is a pretty good selection of animals, too.
The Hogle Zoo was enjoyable, but not the greatest thing we could have spent $9 per person on. My husband and I went with our 6 month and two year-old sons, as well as our two year-old nephew, and 7 and 11 year-old nieces. For a city the size of Salt Lake the zoo was surprisingly small and did not have a large variety of animals. There were tigers but no lions. They had one elephant, a giraffe, and a camel. I was disappointed by the lack of parking spaces and the construction going on inside the zoo itself. My sons liked the life-size mechanical dinosaurs on display, but I wish they had had a greater variety of animals and a more user-friendly set up. All-in-all, my kids enjoyed the animals, which is really all the mattered, but I wouldn't spend $9 again!
I've been going to Hogle Zoo since I was the little kid. I have fond memories of drinking from the lion water fountain and measuring up to the gorilla's arm span. It's a kid friendly and interactive style zoo. Be sure to let your kids go to the kid area, as well as play in the gopher play area - I loved popping my head out of the gopher holes! For the older child, they have fun bird shows as well.
Hogle Zoo is a must for all families in Utah. The zoo is big enough that even when it is really busy, it doesn't feel that way. The variety of animals is great. The tigers, giraffes and elephants are big highlights for our family. The zoo is great during all seasons. Our family has gone in February when it was snowing, and even then it was fun. The animals were active, and even with the snow we had a great time.
The Hogle Zoo is a great place to take the family. You can spend an hour or a whole day looking at exhibits, going to the shows, and having a simple lunch or snack. I recommend going Monday through Thursday or on Sunday, these days seem to be less crowded. Make sure to take the kids on the train, its short but fun for the little ones.
I haven't been to the zoo for a while and was totally blown away by the recent tiger installment there. They've done a terrific job here. The habitat looks very good. There are several view points into the habitat, some which allow you to see several tigers roaming, and some times up close and personal. I can't recall much about the rest of the zoo, but just know this area is a good one.