Hump Day Love: Beardsley Zoo

This week’s Hump Day Love is going out to a Connecticut staple, Beardsley Zoo.  Living in the Greater Hartford area, you sometimes forget about what other counties can offer especially as you get further and further towards NYC.  I’ve had many people tell me about how great Beardsley Zoo is and in my previous career in nonprofits, Beardsley Zoo was always a generous donor of auction items.  So, when we decided to do a family day we went to the Zoo.


On of its high points is that its quick.  We spent 2.5 hours there and got everything done including a mini picnic lunch and stopping for ice cream (we didn’t do the reptile show though).  The quickness means that it can be a morning or afternoon trip and holds the attention of a young child for just the right amount of time.  Also, most of the Zoo is under the shade, making a long walk on a hot day feel nice.  Also, its affordable.  Admission is low and we used our Big Y card, getting us a good discount.  If you plan ahead, most libraries offer complimentary museum passes and you can put them on reserve for when you want to go.

The low points for us are that it is far so for a quick trip, traveling that long is slightly frustrating.  There is only that 1 reptile show and for our 2 year old, reptiles in a big arena aren’t necessarily impressive so it would have been a benefit to see another show with larger animals.  Also, while sometimes the constant drink cart and ice cream cart can be annoying, there were no carts at the Zoo.  It’s central cafeteria offered everything.  To be able to pick up an ice cream in the middle of your walk rather than have to walk back around to the cafeteria would have been a nice treat.

Overall, it was a great day made evident by our son’s screams of “Back, back” as we were exiting the Zoo.

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Take a day trip there and let us know what you think!  Do you live near there?  Do you go often?

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