Sometimes I feel that my kids would be better off living in the zoo and raised by monkeys. They seem to act like wild animals most of the time, so I decided that a trip to the zoo and threatening to leave them with the zoo keepers was what they needed to keep the sibling rivalry in check.
Luckily, I didn’t have to feed them to the lions, but we did take advantage of the beautiful 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 every day.
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 during the week is $5 and children 2-12 are $4 (under 2 is free). On the weekends general admission is $6 and children are $5.
And if you are looking for something fun to do with your children, they offer a wonderful story time at the zoo once a month where you can hear a story, learn about and meet the animals up close. The next story time will be Thursday, September 25 from 10:30- 11:30am.