Last week, we celebrated making it through the first few days of school and ventured out on a weekend road trip to Syracuse. The Doubletree Syracuse reached out to invite us to enjoy their newly remodeled hotel for the night (more on that to come) so with the hotel plans settled, I started looking at local attractions to visit during our stay. It didn’t take long to stumble upon the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and since we weren’t home all summer to enjoy the zoo here in Buffalo, it seemed like a great place to visit!
The trip from Eden to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo was a quick 2 hours and 40 minutes – no sweat for our tried and true travelers! We left home at around 10:00 and got to the zoo just in time for exploring and lunch at the “Jungle Cafe,” where we all indulged in dinosaur chicken nuggets and fries (the delicious tastes of childhood)!
The zoo itself was featuring their Dinosaur Invasion the weekend of our visit, which was a huge hit with the kids! Marleigh and Huck basically ran from exhibit to exhibit in search of dinosaurs hiding in the trees, spitting water at innocent passersby, and “fishing” in the ponds. Amongst the dinosaurs were plenty of your usual zoo animals – tigers, bears, elephants (even a baby elephant – so sweet), and my personal favorite, flamingos!
Before we left for the hotel, we made sure to pay an extra visit to the apparent crowd favorite, the red panda, who was putting on a show for everyone while eating his afternoon snack! Just look at this little cutie!
Luke and I kept mentioning how impressive the cleanliness and overall upkeep of the zoo was, and while there was plenty to see and do, it wasn’t so large as to feel overwhelmed or exhausted at the end of our visit.
We all had a great time at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and can’t wait to visit again the next time we’re passing through Syracuse!
Special thanks to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo for treating us to our admission for the day.