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Spend a day at the Denver Zoo

Black bear (Denver Zoo)
Black bear (Denver Zoo)
Jerry Pecks

If you've never been to the Denver Zoo, and you live in Denver, then I have only one question for you: what are you waiting for?!  Even during the winter months the zoo is open to the public (open every day of the year as a matter of fact), and full of exciting and exotic creatures just waiting to be visited. Although the zoo is already affordably priced ($5.00-$7.00 for children/$9.00-$12.00 for adults), there are still six free days left in 2010: Feb. 7, Feb. 16, Oct. 13, Oct. 21, Nov. 7, and Nov. 13.  I attended the most recent free day, which happened to fall on Martin Luther King day, and as always, it was a really enjoyable experience. Not only were the vast majority of the animals out and about, but the zoo was full of all sorts of people. If you're like me, and you love people watching, than visiting on a free day can be twice as enjoyable. However, if large crowds aren't your thing, and you prefer to take your time, then you might want to consider skipping the free day, and plan on visiting on a regular day.

It is also important to mention that if you do decide to take advantage of one of the many free days that the Denver Zoo offers, be sure to either arrive early, or expect to spend a bit of time searching for a parking space (which may or may not be a bit of a walk to the entrance). No matter what day you decide to go, there is always a lot to see, and a lot to learn. From the amazingly large, and beautiful lions in the Predator Ridge exhibit, all the way to Bird World (which contains over 200 different species, of which many are rare and endangered birds), the Denver Zoo has nearly every animal you could hope to see, and then some! So whether you're young or old, on a budget, or just looking to get out and do something, the Denver Zoo has you covered.  The Denver Zoo is located at: 2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80205. For more information call: (303) 376-4800.