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101 Things To Do In Memphis #42: Zoo Lights at the Memphis Zoo

by Melissa Thompson

     - Open select nights from November 16th through December 30th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm

     - Snow is back at this year’s SunTrust Zoo Lights! You’ll see snow in the Courtyard, the return of the 90-foot LED Ferris wheel, see Santa in his shop, go ice-skating, see live reindeer, enjoy thousands of LED holiday lights and more.

  • Things to know:
    Zoo Lights are open at 5:30pm on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
    Zoo Lights admission is $7/members, $9/nonmembers, children under 2 are free
    Ice skating is $6/person
    Ferris wheel is $5/persion
    Annual tree lighting ceremony is 11/18 (time TBA)
    Get tickets online

By and photo credit: https://www.memphiszoo.org/suntrust-zoo-lights

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #14: Memphis Zoo

by Melissa Thompson

Named the #1 Zoo in the US by Tripadvisor.com in 2008, the Memphis Zoo has been a staple of Overton Park for more than 100 years.  The Memphis Zoo was opened in April 1906 and is set on 76 acres. 

The Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3500 animals representing over 500 species. The animals reside in three zones with 19 exhibits, such as Once Upon a Farm, Dragon’s Lair and China, which is home to giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le.

Be sure to visit the newly opened Zambezi River Hippo Camp. The Zambezi River is one of Africa's rivers of life. Rolling through six countries, spanning 1,600 miles, the Zambezi River counts as its residents some of the most intriguing, powerful and beautiful creatures on Earth. And now Memphis Zoo visitors get to experience it featuring hippos, Nile crocodiles, lesser flamingos, okapi, patas monkeys, various fish and African birds.

The Memphis Zoo sponsors a wide variety of special events throughout the year…. Go on an owl prowl, explore the Zoo at night or even make the animals part of your homeschool curriculum….

Summer Camp 2016
Send your wild child to the wildest camp around: ZOO CAMP. Campers will explore the fascinating world of animals while participating in fun games, crafts, tours, keeper chats, live animal visits, and more. 

Zoo Snoozes
Ever wonder what happens when the Zoo closes its gates? Where do the animals go? Who puts them to bed? Do Zoo animals have a bedtime, too? Find out when you book a Zoo Snooze. This special program gives the unique opportunity for you and your child to spend the night at the Zoo and learn all about what happens when the rest of the world goes to sleep.

School Trips
We are combining learning with fun by creating a classroom in the wild animal kingdom! When you take a field trip to the Zoo, you’ll get up close and personal with some of the world’s most exotic creatures while also applying important initiatives in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum. 

The Zoo also offers opportunities for birthday parties, weddings and private events.

Tickets are currently on sale for the very popular Macy’s Zoo Brew. May 27th enjoy beers from around the world, while listening to our first-class entertainment partners, including G3 and Sensations Band.

Hours of Admission:
March 1 - October 16 (summer hours) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
October 17 - February 28 (winter hours) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

General Admission Prices:
Price includes admission to ALL permanent exhibits (including giant pandas). Additional fees may apply for temporary exhibits. 

Adults (ages 12-59): $15
Children (ages 2-11): $10
Seniors (age 60+): $14
Parking: $5

Click here to plan your visit, watch videos, learn about our events and even buy your tickets before you arrive! 

 

By and Photo credit: memphiszoo.org

101 Things To Do In Memphis #42: Memphis Zoo on Ice and Zoo Lights

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

The Memphis Zoo knows how to welcome the holiday season! It’s time for Zoo Skating, plus Zoo Lights! Ice up your skates and stop by the only tented, outdoor ice skating rink in town! While you’re there,  enjoy a stroll through the #1 rated Zoo in the U.S., taking in the sights and sounds of wintertime at the seasonal Suntrust Zoo Lights display.

There's so much to see and do, visitors of all ages will find something to enjoy like the 200-ft-long tunnel of light, Santa visits, a 90-FT LED ferris wheel, singing Christmas trees, camel rides, the North Pole Express Train, the China Carousel and don’t forget to catch a Magic Mr. Nick Illusion Show for a light-hearted and magical experience.

Memphis Zoo on Ice brings a holiday vibe to the already popular zoo, with ice skating daily from 9:30 - 4:30 and on the evenings when Zoo Lights is on from 5:30-9:30. Snacks, holiday treats and warm beverages available too.

The Zoo is closed Christmas Day, but the SunTrust Zoo Lights will open at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $6/members; $8/nonmembers. Please note that Zoo Lights is a separate event and requires a separate ticket.

Don’t miss out on a Mid-South tradition that not only brightens up the season, but is also a lot of fun. Make a night of it and build holiday memories at these unforgettable celebrations of light and holiday spirit.

Visit the website or call 333-6500 for more info. 

Happy Holidays!

Photo Credit: Memphis Daily News

Memphis Zoo Dinosaurs Exhibit!

by Your Key to Memphis Team

Memphis Zoo Dinosaurs Did you hear that ROAR!!!  The Dinosaurs are roaring in Memphis at the Memphis Zoo. 

Young paleontologists will enjoy several interactive stations within the exhibit including:

  • Search for signs of prehistoric life at the Dino Dig Site
  • View a life-size replica of an allosaurus skull
  • Help our researchers assemble dinosaur skeletons on a giant puzzle
  • Learn more about dinosaurs and about the work our researchers are doing to
    conserve today's species - located in the DinoVision Amphitheatre
  • Visit the Dino Dig Shop to purchase educational dinosaur books, toys and souvenirs

Check out all the details at http://www.memphiszoo.org/dinosaurs

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Fun Spring Break Activities in Memphis

by Your Key to Memphis Team

2012 Spring Break Activities

It is Spring Break!  Have no fear – activities are here! If you are looking for something interesting happening March 10th – 18th check out some of the fun ideas we have found:

Go to a museum for free, or cheap.

Go see the Dinosaurs at the Memphis Zoo (an extra admission fee applies to both members and non-members)

IMAX Movies & Sharpe Planetarium Shows at the Pink Palace:

Watch the animal keepers feed the animals Tuesday through Friday at noon at the Lichterman Nature Center.

Go to the movies.

Enjoy the fresh air and go to the Park.

Pack snacks and bike the Greenline.

Go Downtown – Ride the trolley, visit the ducks at the Peabody, have lunch.

Go to the Library

Take the kids:

Memphis Zoo will Offer Camel Rides this Spring

by Your Key to Memphis Team

The Memphis Zoo will be offering $5 camel rides this spring. This is something new the Memphis Zoo will have for its visitors.

The camels are trained by Olympia, Wash.-based Camels Unlimited, a company specializing in camel rides. The four camels coming to Memphis — Crockett, Mickey, Luke and Cotton — have been part of similar attractions at the Dallas Zoo, Great Plains Zoo and Living Desert Zoo.
 
Beginning March 3 through October 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.the camel rides will be available. The camel excursion is a wonderful addition to the Memphis Zoo!

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