Visit the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary for a relaxing and fun day out with the family- and bring a pumpkin (decorated or not) to receive FREE admission this month!

By Heather Crivellone

Every time I ask my 2 year old boy what he wants to do- it’s always the same answer “I want to go to the zoo”. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say my kids LOVE animals and are always asking to go to the zoo.

This past weekend, we took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and visited the Folsom Zoo. Unlike other zoos, you won’t necessarily see elephants and giraffes- however, you will get the opportunity to see “up close and personal” some species of animals that you may possibly (if you were unlucky) to run into on a camping trip in the High Sierras. We viewed and learned about different species of wolves, eagles, bears and coyotes. We had a chance to see bobcats, mountain lions, foxes, deer, and many other wildlife that you don’t’ get to see everyday.

After our visit to the zoo, we rode the Folsom Valley Railway (a mini-steam engine) outside of the park (my son was so excited every time the engineer blew the whistle) and we even enjoyed a hot dog and pretzel at the concession stand.

With a short walk over to Lions Park for some playtime, we had a fun filled and educational day at the Folsom Zoo.

If you decide to visit, their hours are 10am- 4pm (Sept. 1st– May 31st) and 9am-3pm (June 1st– Aug. 31st). Open Tuesday- Sunday and closed on Monday, except for some holidays (check their website for exact holiday hours). General admission is $5 and children 2-12 are $4 (under 2 is free).

And to get in the spirit of the fall season- if you bring a pumpkin to the zoo (decorated or not), October 1st- November 13th, you can receive Free Admission!!   Have fun!


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