We went to the Fort Worth Zoo over the weekend. The Zoo is reportedly ranked number 5 in the country and it is easy to see why, the exhibits are really well thought out and you will feel immersed in the habitats. Many of the exhibits feature interactive activities for kids and adults alike. One of the best features for a photographer is the unobstructed view in many of the areas, which makes taking photos so much easier than shooting through glass or fences. If you plan on bringing your camera, make sure you have a long zoom lens, and for shots through glass enclosures, try a circular polarizing filter to eliminate some of the glare.
There is a little train that runs through the zoo which beats walking if you want to get to the other end. The ride is $2 each way, and of course the kids will love it!
There are wide range of animals from all over the world, and the zoo has done a great job of grouping them in a way that flows well. As we were walking, you should have heard the squeals of delight from all of the kids when they discovered the Penguin habitat! Definitely one of the more popular attractions.
I would recommend planning to spend the entire day, since there is so much to see and do. If you bring a backpack, bring your own water. Fort Worth tends to get hot and the water in the fountains is not so tasty. There is a good selection of food and various shops in the park if you want to eat or buy gifts. The MOLA (see zoo website) is just amazing and a must see, plus it’s air conditioned if you want a break from the heat. After a long day, you will be ready for a nap!
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