For biking enthusiasts, Cleveland offers a terrific variety of trail and street riding that takes you through anything from quant neighborhoods to deep forest. There is, however, only one place where your bike ride can take you past elephants, giraffes and wolves. The family friendly and ever popular “Wild Ride at the Zoo” is back. This year’s first ride is scheduled for Friday, July 25, 2014 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“Wild Ride at the Zoo” starts after the regular closing time in order to have cyclists have free access to all the zoo paths. As you enter the Welcome Plaza you will be given a map that shows various bike routes around the Zoo. You can choose a route that perfectly matches your riding ability from beginner, intermediate to experienced rider. This is a unique way of seeing the Zoo as you navigate the various routes under your own power with scores of outdoor animals on exhibit to view. As an extra bonus, there will be scores of bike related exhibiters set up at the Welcome Plaza to give you advice, tell you what is new in the Cleveland biking world as well as do small adjustments and repairs.
In case you do not have a bike or for that matter a way of transporting your bike to the Zoo you can rent a bike for the evening. The Bike Rack will be on hand to take care of your two wheel needs. In order to be assured that your bike is there and waiting for you can reserve your ride by calling (216) 771-7120. The number of bikes available is limited so it is suggested you call soon.
The cost for “Wild Ride at the Zoo” is $12.00 per rider with a $2.00 discount for Cleveland Zoological Society members. Each rider must have a signed release form and a bike helmet is strongly recommended. You can reserve your ticket (and print out a copy of the release form) by going to www.clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo. All riders under the age of eighteen must have a parent or legal guardian sign and deliver the waiver. “Wild Ride at the Zoo” is a rain or shine event.
Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10:00 a.m. to :005 p.m. daily with hours extended to 7:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. 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.