One of my favourite childhood events was a visit to the zoo. I went once with my school and another time with my parents and sister.
The closest zoo to us was the Toronto Zoo. Which is a fairly large zoo with many different animals. It is however a bit more expensive than smaller zoos.
That is part of the reason we chose to visit the Buffalo Zoo with our 19-month-old daughter. We live just across the border from Buffalo in Niagara Region. The zoo is a 45-minute drive.
The Buffalo Zoo is the perfect size for young children
Visiting the Buffalo Zoo was a good choice for our family because it’s not very big. We also forgot our stroller. Although you can rent strollers for $6.
Our toddler was able to walk around most of the Zoo. The exhibits were easy for her to view, There was either glass or low walls on most exhibits. She could walk right up and get a good look at the animals.
The Zoo opens at 10 am and closes at 4 pm. We arrived around noon and stayed for a couple of hours. In that time we were able to see most of the exhibits without rushing.
Whereas at a larger zoo a lot of walking is required to see all of the exhibits in one day.
The Buffalo Zoo is Affordable
As Canadians, our money doesn’t stretch as far in the US. Yet for 2 adults and parking, our zoo trip only cost $40 CDN. This is very reasonable for a family outing.
When we arrived at the zoo the parking lot was almost full. It is a very popular attraction. Which is always encouraging when visiting a new place.
All of the staff were helpful and friendly. It was quick to buy our tickets and enter the park.
We were able to bring our own food and drinks. Although there are a few places to buy food within the park.
The Zoo provides a wide variety of Animal Exhibits
Our favourite animals we saw at the zoo were the snow leopard, the lions, the giraffes and the polar bear.
The exhibits featured animals from all across the world. Upon entering we checked out the sea lion exhibit. Each exhibit provided information on what the animal is, where they are from and some interesting facts.
Some animals were outside like the giraffes and rhino whereas the gorilla and amphibians were housed indoors. It was nice to get a break from the sun while looking at different exhibits.
Tips for Visiting the Zoo
The zoo is located in an urban area surrounded by a large park. If you wanted to explore more around the area there are other places to visit.
Parking at the zoo is $5 US and you are given a token to exit.
Admission is $13.95 US for adults and $10.95 US for children (2-12) for our entire family with parking it was $40 CDN. It was very affordable compared to the Toronto Zoo.
The zoo didn’t provide any maps when we entered. But the layout is pretty much a large circle. We were able to see most of the park by walking around the perimeter.
On the inside parts there were a few exhibits and areas where you could pay extra to do an activity.
After visiting the Zoo we headed to Chick-fil-A and Target about 10 minutes away.
The Buffalo Zoo is a great cross border trip for families. The zoo is not too big so it’s perfect for toddlers to explore. Plus it’s affordable and a short drive from the border.