Initial Visit: April 18th, 2012
Description: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Miller Park Zoo is my favorite. Why is that?
This zoo is perfect in my opinion. Not only is the zoo great but the surrounding area amplifies the area. Around the zoo there is a mini golf course, a playground, the Friendship Bridge and a War Memorial. Plus plenty of space to park your vehicle and a nice walking trail.
Ok, back to the zoo. Why is it my favorite? It is small, quaint, cozy yet it is open, spacey with plenty to see. The price of admission is fair. It looks like it is $6.95 to get in these days but I believe it was an even $5 when I went years ago. Either way, it is a good deal.
Upon entering, you are greeted with an open path that lets you wander whichever way you want. During my multiple visits, I usually start off going right and work my way through the park in a counter clockwise manner.
Without spoiling too much, you can go into a open room with Finches and Budgies flying around. Just make sure you don’t get pooped on! In the same building, there are some tank displays with lizards, spiders, fish, and various other small insects and animals.
Moving on, there are plenty of mammals and animals to see. Scattered throughout the zoo are bird cages as well. Nearing the back of the zoo will get you some big beasts. I won’t spoil which ones you see but if you get there at the right time, you can see the animal handlers feed the beastly animals.
Continuing counter clockwise, you will run into the most adorable red panda. I spend way too much time admiring the cute red panda. Moving past that will have you wandering down a path where there are wallaroos that are free to roam an open area. I’ve never had one come up to me but I am sure they aren’t shy of humans.
To backtrack a bit, there is another exhibit that mimics a tropical rainforest. It is a small replica display that resembles a tropical rainforest. The animals are free to roam around, so be careful where you step.
There is a decent-sized gift shop where you can get your standard zoo stuff. I grabbed a few things on one of my visits. When I checked out, I told the cashier I didn’t need a bag and he thanked me for reducing my plastic usage.
While I highlighted the key parts of the zoo, I left out a lot of little details so you can discover them on your own when you visit.
All of this comes together in a beautiful zoo. Great exhibits, great price, and great interactive areas.
As with most zoos, they do take donations. I try to donate every time I visit as I know the price of admission only covers so much and every little bit helps.
1020 S Morris Ave
Bloomington, IL 61701