Lehigh Valley Zoo

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Pros:
The drive in is beautiful. Depending on the road you take in, you actually drive through a covered bridge. Then you drive through the game preserve and see stunning views of the valley below. We have even pulled over and stopped on the way in and just sat and looked at a field full of butterflies.

The zoo itself is adorable (in my opinion). It is one single loop which takes about an hour to walk through, with time for stops at all the animals--a little faster or slower depending on your pace. I love that because of it's size, you can get up really close to the animals. I've been taking my daughter pretty regularly since we moved here two years ago, and I love the simplicity of it. There are penguins, a macaw, otters, a variety of barnyard animals--many that you can pet or feed, lorikeets--also with an option to feed them, camels, emus, kangaroos, ducks, swans, wolves, owls, prairie dogs, and more.

It's really great for animal photography. When my daughter was young enough to sit in the stroller, I'd take my camera, and actually have a few minutes to compose a shot! Now I mostly chase her around with the camera!

There is a playground, so when we are done looking at animals, she can run around some more before we head home. There is also a small cafe to grab a snack.

The drive out is so cool! You drive right through a ford in the Jordan Creek. After you pass through, there is a spot for picnics and a nature trail.

Cons:
There is little in the way of signs on the way in or out to give you confidence that yes, you are going the right way. For someone not used to driving through wooden covered bridges or through the ford in the creek, I was a bit concerned the first time through!

The price has increased slightly. The best value if you live locally (within a half an hour drive) is a family membership. Yes, there have been times when we have gone, and some of the animals are hiding or sleeping. But the more you go, the more you get out of the experience.

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★★★★☆

Pros:
The drive in is beautiful. Depending on the road you take in, you actually drive through a covered bridge. Then you drive through the game preserve and see stunning views of the valley below. We have even pulled over and stopped on the way in and just sat and looked at a field full of butterflies.

The zoo itself is adorable (in my opinion). It is one single loop which takes about an hour to walk through, with time for stops at all the animals--a little faster or slower depending on your pace. I love that because of it's size, you can get up really close to the animals. I've been taking my daughter pretty regularly since we moved here two years ago, and I love the simplicity of it. There are penguins, a macaw, otters, a variety of barnyard animals--many that you can pet or feed, lorikeets--also with an option to feed them, camels, emus, kangaroos, ducks, swans, wolves, owls, prairie dogs, and more.

It's really great for animal photography. When my daughter was young enough to sit in the stroller, I'd take my camera, and actually have a few minutes to compose a shot! Now I mostly chase her around with the camera!

There is a playground, so when we are done looking at animals, she can run around some more before we head home. There is also a small cafe to grab a snack.

The drive out is so cool! You drive right through a ford in the Jordan Creek. After you pass through, there is a spot for picnics and a nature trail.

Cons:
There is little in the way of signs on the way in or out to give you confidence that yes, you are going the right way. For someone not used to driving through wooden covered bridges or through the ford in the creek, I was a bit concerned the first time through!

The price has increased slightly. The best value if you live locally (within a half an hour drive) is a family membership. Yes, there have been times when we have gone, and some of the animals are hiding or sleeping. But the more you go, the more you get out of the experience.

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Safely tucked away and hidden from sight up a mountain, a mixed bag of distraught animals languish in what is known as the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Once you $9 admission evaporates faster than your 401K, you are on the path to a few goats, llama, kangaroo, emu, and a zebra. One can find a better selection of road kill on I-78. Humans act like animals in their attempt to wake the zoo animals up from their hangover. A few animals will stir from these actions, but it is only to confirm they are real and not cardboard cut outs. Just like a Domino pizza you are delivered back to the entrance in 30 minutes

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★★☆☆☆

Safely tucked away and hidden from sight up a mountain, a mixed bag of distraught animals languish in what is known as the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Once you $9 admission evaporates faster than your 401K, you are on the path to a few goats, llama, kangaroo, emu, and a zebra. One can find a better selection of road kill on I-78. Humans act like animals in their attempt to wake the zoo animals up from their hangover. A few animals will stir from these actions, but it is only to confirm they are real and not cardboard cut outs. Just like a Domino pizza you are delivered back to the entrance in 30 minutes

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I used to go here as a kid with friends and girl scouts . I'd always get scared of animals I didn't know but loved all the beautiful animals I saw .You can also pet the animals and feed them .

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I used to go here as a kid with friends and girl scouts . I'd always get scared of animals I didn't know but loved all the beautiful animals I saw .You can also pet the animals and feed them .

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The Lehigh Valley Zoo, which is part of the Trexler Game Preserve, is very small. It's nothing like large metropolitan zoos and doesn't have many large or exotic animals. It's home to a wide variety of sheep and goats, including the large Aoudad. Other animals you'll see at the LV Zoo include ostriches, llamas, deer, otters, and birds like swans and peacocks. Perhaps some of the best features of the LV Zoo are the interactive opportunities: the contact area where you can pet or feed some of the animals, pony rides, and wagon rides. As you drive to the preserve's exit, you get to ford a stream and see buffalo roaming the gated countryside.

In addition, the zoo's small size and inexpensive entrance fees make it a great place to take your family, especially toddlers and young children who tire easily, for an afternoon adventure.

The Lehigh Valley Zoo's web site provides a lot of information, including the zoo's history and a map of exhibits, along with other points of interest for both adults and children.

PROS: Inexpensive with some nice interactive areas for children
CONS: Small with a limited variety of animals

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★★★☆☆

The Lehigh Valley Zoo, which is part of the Trexler Game Preserve, is very small. It's nothing like large metropolitan zoos and doesn't have many large or exotic animals. It's home to a wide variety of sheep and goats, including the large Aoudad. Other animals you'll see at the LV Zoo include ostriches, llamas, deer, otters, and birds like swans and peacocks. Perhaps some of the best features of the LV Zoo are the interactive opportunities: the contact area where you can pet or feed some of the animals, pony rides, and wagon rides. As you drive to the preserve's exit, you get to ford a stream and see buffalo roaming the gated countryside.

In addition, the zoo's small size and inexpensive entrance fees make it a great place to take your family, especially toddlers and young children who tire easily, for an afternoon adventure.

The Lehigh Valley Zoo's web site provides a lot of information, including the zoo's history and a map of exhibits, along with other points of interest for both adults and children.

PROS: Inexpensive with some nice interactive areas for children
CONS: Small with a limited variety of animals

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