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Old 09-18-2019, 09:29 AM
 
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I'm a zoo/aquarium lover. That said, I still haven't been to nearly as many as one would think and I'd love to visit more. Few things delight me more than a zoo that was much better than I was anticipating. So I'm not asking which zoos are the BEST necessarily, but which were better than you'd expect given the size of the city

For me, I'd say the below:
Nashville - super new, beautiful landscaping, clean, lots of interaction with the animals (like petting the kangaroos)

Great Plains Zoo (Sioux Falls) - my brother lives here. The bears were huge, and the taxidermy exhibit in the lobby is crazy awesome. Just in general, was not expecting so much for a 250k meto

Como Zoo (St. Paul) - mostly because it's free, comes with an amazing conservatory, and is a secondary zoo to the MN zoo.

Grand Rapids Zoo
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Try the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston. It set up to be a journey through the states's various ecosystems, from mountain streams to rivers and lakes to the sea.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:07 AM
 
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Try the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston. It set up to be a journey through the states's various ecosystems, from mountain streams to rivers and lakes to the sea.
I recently moved to Atlanta and have yet to get around to Charleston but am looking forward to it. Thanks for the recommendation
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Biggest zoo I have ever been to is the Los Angeles zoo, the zoo in Pittsburgh also has an aquarium.

I got to see Winter at the Clearwater aquarium, his handlers had him on a surfboard with his prosthetic tail off, a lot of space in there is a promo for the Dolphin Tale movie.
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. Amazing zoo you wouldn't expect in a small metro.

Also the Aquarium in Chattanooga.
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Old 09-18-2019, 01:16 PM
 
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The Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot, North Dakota punches way above its weight. Lots of interaction with the animals. It's up there as one of my favorites along with the Nashville Zoo.
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Old 09-18-2019, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Majestic Wyoming
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We've been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California multiple times. It's always worth the trip. Fantastic exhibits, the animals seem healthy and well cared for, lots of information, and the location is wonderful too.
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Old 09-18-2019, 01:26 PM
 
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I just thought of another one. It's located in Minocqua, WI, a small resort town of 4,400 people in North Central wisconsin. I lived there during my middle school years, and we took a field trip there. I remember be so surprised given the small town. Turns out it's the second biggest zoo in all of Wisconsin. And super interactive.

http://www.wildwoodwildlifepark.com/...D_Park_Map.pdf
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colo Spgs. At 6710 ft above sea level, its the highest zoo in the USA, but it also has a number of successful breeding programs and the natural mountain setting allows for some pretty cool enclosures. Walking around in it is real chore though, because of the extreme elevation changes from bottom to top.

Welcome to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:44 PM
 
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Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC
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