There is no doubt about it, this past winter has been a rough one with lots of snow, extreme temperatures and gray days. But as they say, nothing lasts forever and soon the temps will climb up, the birds will return and all will be warm and happy once more.
With this in mind, it is time to start planning your spring outings now. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo kicks off the spring season on April 1 with the reopening (weather permitting, after all, this is Cleveland) of several exhibits in Australian Adventure that includes the lorikeet aviary, the Yagga Tree and the Boomerang Railway, spring flowers blooming in the Public Greenhouse, and many of your favorite animals migrating back to their outdoor exhibits.
Among the spring attractions can be lions might be soaking up the sunshine in the Zoo's African Savanna, the gorillas could be outside foraging for leafy greens at the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building, or the dingoes may be playing in Australian Adventure.
Another attraction for children ages 5-10 is the return of Spring Break Camp at the Zoo. This camp allows for exploration of the entire Zoo with a focus as to what happens when spring comes. Campers will tour Zoo exhibits, enjoy Get Close animal encounters, play conservation-themed games and make arts and crafts.
There are two sessions available, March 24-28 and April 21-25 and each session has half-day (9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and full-day (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) availability. For more information, or to register, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo or call (216) 635-3391.
The Zoo's admission rates change with the season on April 1 as well. Admission to the Zoo and The RainForest will be $12.25 for adults and $8.25 for children ages 2-11 from April 1 through October 31. Children younger than 2 and Zoo Society members are always free.
Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Through March 31, admission is discounted to $8.25 per person, $5.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and is free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township enjoy free Zoo admission on Mondays. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo or call (216) 661-6500.