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TODAY: $1 day at the Dallas Zoo! July 15, 2010

TODAY! Get your cooler, sunscreen, and big ‘ol floppy hat ready — and don’t forget the camera too! TODAY THURSDAY, July 15, 2010, is $1 admission day at the Dallas Zoo!

My advice is to get there as the gates open. Arrive at 8am sharp to avoid a parking and traffic zoo (no pun intended) or make it an adventure by taking the DART Red Line. Wear the comfiest shoes you have, and pack the kids’ bathing suits, water shoes, water hats, and towels because you’ll want to take them to the “brook” in the Lacerte Children’s Zoo for a splashing good time!

Per their press release, “Dollar deals will be available at the Zoo throughout the day, including $1 food items such as hot dogs, chips, popcorn, and snow cones on Cat Green and $1 frozen treats near the exit. The Zoofari Market will have great deals on drinks and snacks and big bargains on souvenir items.”

Though the air-conditioned cafe in the middle of the zoo has tasty treats, I recommend packing your own lunch so you can munch on healthy fare as you go (carrots make an easy snack!). Bring your water bottles and refill them at the water fountains! The zoo is very wagon- and stroller-friendly, so that’s an easy way to haul your stuff! Oh, and did I mention to bring sunscreen? Just don’t forget to reapply it. They sell it in the gift shop if you happen to forget.

Want an even better experience? Download their FREE iPhone Dallas Zoo app! This should make navigating your visit at the zoo even easier.

The $1 admission is an amazing deal! If you plan to return a few more times in the next year, I urge you to consider a Dallas Zoo membership. You’ll get free parking (a $7 value per visit), free admission, gift shop discounts, and tons of other perks depending on the membership you choose. Dallas Zoo memberships make FABULOUS gifts! That’s how we got our first membership to the Dallas Zoo — my parents gave it to us as a Christmas gift. And it is the best kind of gift — no need to dust it, clean it up, or exchange it for a different size!

Find the Dallas Zoo!

Good only TODAY, Thursday, July 15, 2010. No coupon needed!

 

$1 Admission to the Dallas Zoo — this Thursday! July 12, 2010

SAVE THE DATE! Get your cooler, sunscreen, and big ‘ol floppy hat ready — and don’t forget the camera too! THIS THURSDAY, July 15, 2010, is $1 admission day at the Dallas Zoo!

My advice is to get there as the gates open. Arrive at 8am sharp to avoid a parking and traffic zoo (no pun intended) or make it an adventure by taking the DART Red Line. Wear the comfiest shoes you have, and pack the kids’ bathing suits, water shoes, water hats, and towels because you’ll want to take them to the “brook” in the Lacerte Children’s Zoo for a splashing good time!

Per their press release, “Dollar deals will be available at the Zoo throughout the day, including $1 food items such as hot dogs, chips, popcorn, and snow cones on Cat Green and $1 frozen treats near the exit. The Zoofari Market will have great deals on drinks and snacks and big bargains on souvenir items.”

Though the air-conditioned cafe in the middle of the zoo has tasty treats, I recommend packing your own lunch so you can munch on healthy fare as you go (carrots make an easy snack!). Bring your water bottles and refill them at the water fountains! The zoo is very wagon- and stroller-friendly, so that’s an easy way to haul your stuff! Oh, and did I mention to bring sunscreen? Just don’t forget to reapply it. They sell it in the gift shop if you happen to forget.

Want an even better experience? Download their FREE iPhone Dallas Zoo app! This should make navigating your visit at the zoo even easier.

The $1 admission is an amazing deal! If you plan to return a few more times in the next year, I urge you to consider a Dallas Zoo membership. You’ll get free parking (a $7 value per visit), free admission, gift shop discounts, and tons of other perks depending on the membership you choose. Dallas Zoo memberships make FABULOUS gifts! That’s how we got our first membership to the Dallas Zoo — my parents gave it to us as a Christmas gift. And it is the best kind of gift — no need to dust it, clean it up, or exchange it for a different size!

Find the Dallas Zoo!

Good only on Thursday, July 15, 2010. No coupon needed!

 

EXPIRED: $3 OFF per ticket at Dallas Zoo May 10, 2010

UPDATE: It turns out that neither the Dallas Zoo nor AdPages realized this coupon was still up on the web! Oops! It looks like we unintentionally found a loop hole. The coupon has been taken down as of 7/12/2010, but check out the $1 admission day on 7/15/2010!

What a deal! If you live in or near Dallas, or plan to visit this fabulous city before the end of September, PRINT THIS NOW.

I found a killer printable coupon for the Dallas Zoo! You’ll save $3 OFF any full-price admission with this coupon, up to 6 tickets per coupon! Coupons for the Dallas Zoo are pretty rare to find, so this one is worth printing now and sticking in your glove box.

Have you heard about their amazing new Giants of the Savanna habitat that opens Memorial Day weekend? My kids and I have had such a fun time watching this habitat being built, and we visited Gypsy and Jenny, the zoo’s elephants, in their old habitats for the last time last week. The elephants have moved to the new 11 acre habitat and joined the new elephants successfully! The giraffes are next to move, and then when the habitat opens, we’ll be able to FEED the giraffes! How cool will that be?!?

Expires: September 30, 2010

 

PERFECT holiday gift: “adopt” a zoo animal December 5, 2009

What do you get the person who really doesn’t need anything else? Here’s the PERFECT gift! “Adopt” an animal from your local zoo on their behalf.

I gave the gift of a pair of lovebirds to my grandparents last year (who had been married for 68 years!) and they thought it was simply fabulous. Check with your local zoo on their “adoption” program, or check out the one at The Dallas Zoo.

According to The Dallas Zoo’s site, “Parent Benefits” include:

  • “A personalized Adoption Certificate with a color photo of your animal.
  • A Zookeeper’s Report, filled with information about your animal.
  • Periodic mailings about the Zoo and the Aquarium.
  • A special invitation to the annual Adopt Parents’ Party.
  • A listing on the Adopt Parents’ Honor Roll at the Dallas Zoo.”

All of this for just $25 to $2,000 per year — something for every budget! And, your gift is tax-deductible. That’s a win, win, win!

Here are the “adoption” sites for some zoos across the country:

 

TOMORROW: $1 day @ the Dallas Zoo November 23, 2009

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So, it is Thanksgiving week and what to do with the kids? Or those out of town guests? If you’re anywhere near Dallas, head to the Dallas Zoo! Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 24 is Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo. They’ll offer $1 admission and $1 deals on food and gifts all day! Make it an adventure and save yourself the potential parking headache by taking the DART Red Line.

Don’t forget you can bring in a picnic lunch too!

Good on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009

 

Half-price days @ The Dallas Zoo October 8, 2009

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zoo-to-do-logoIn preparation for the Dallas Zoo’s big Zoo To Do fundraiser on the evening of October 10, they’re closing The Wilds of Africa from October 8 through October 11…

And what does that mean for you? Since half the zoo is closed, Oct. 8, 9, 10, & 11th are HALF-PRICE DAYS at the Dallas Zoo! Pay just $6 for adults (age 12-64), $4.50 for children (ages 3-11), and $4.50 for seniors (age 65 & up). As always, kiddos ages 2 and under, and zoo members are FREE!

Honestly, the half of the zoo that will be open is my FAVORITE half. In Zoo North, you can visit Jenny & Gypsy, the elephants, and their neighbors, the giraffes. The snout route (including the anteaters) is sure to get a laugh from the kids, and the creatures in the bird & reptile building will make your skin crawl… Walk through the tiger habitat, then hop on by the kangaroos and wallabys in the Australian Outback. Make your way up the hill the cheetahs and a wide variety of hooved animals, including the enormous rhinoceroses.

The Lacerte Children’s Zoo will keep your children busy for an entire morning alone. We visited birds landing and were face-to-face (or wing-to-finger) with some gorgeous birds, and the zoo keeper at the exhibit will tell you the names of all the birds and even let you hold them. The junior zookeepers at the farm will help your kiddos learn about rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, and lots of other farm animals. These volunteers do a great job and teach young kids how to pet the animals and take care of them. The coy pond is beautiful and even has a window on the side for nose-to-nose viewing. For the first time we visited the Discovery House on our last visit to the Dallas Zoo. What a gem of a spot!  It is staffed with highly educated zoo keepers and filled with books, puzzles, toys, and reptiles in aquariums. The kids can learn about these animals and explore in a kid-friendly air-conditioned space.

Can you tell we’re members and huge fans of the Dallas Zoo? Take advantage of these half-price days, pack a picnic lunch, and bring your sunscreen. You’ll have a great time!

Only good on Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, October 11, 2009.