A trip to the Lehigh Valley Zoo, once known as the Trexler Game Preserve, is a wonderful year-round event located in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, .If you live anywhere in the Lehigh Valley, the zoo is practically in your own back yard. You can reach the zoo, which is just a short distance from Route 309, Interstate 78, and Route 22, in about twenty minutes from anywhere in the Lehigh Valley and in approximately an hour from Valley Forge, Reading, and parts of New Jersey. This makes the zoo accessible and easy to get to for both long and short visits. You may not find lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my!), but you will find plenty of amazing animals to learn about, watch, and enjoy.
Another great thing about the Lehigh Valley Zoo is the cost. It’s just nine dollars for adults, six dollars and fifty cents for kids ages two to eleven, and kids under two are free. Better yet, a family of four (two adults, two kids) can join the zoo for just eight five dollars for a full year of unlimited trips and discounts on special events as well as admission to other zoos.
The adventure begins before you even arrive at the zoo. You must first enter the game Preserve and wind your way along a one way road to the zoo’s entrance. The scenery is amazing and there are places to pull over and have a picnic and enjoy the scenery.
When you arrive at the zoo, there is plenty of parking, although the line for tickets can get long as everyone wants to come to the zoo at once. Just be prepared for a short wait in anticipation of the big attraction. The zoo has plenty of nicely paved walkways, rentable strollers, and shady benches for a break here and there. Feel free to bring your own stroller, your camera, and your own snacks with you into the park, just remember that there is no smoking once you enter the zoo.
The big attraction for summer of 2009 is the penguins! You’ll see them line up for feeding time at 11am, performing funny antics as they wait. They are surprisingly small but quite fun for the little ones who have enjoyed the movies “Mumble Happy Feet” and “Penguin Parade.”
You’ll also want to make sure you see the lorikeet exhibit. You’ll be able to hold out a cup of nectar as the beautiful birds fly over for a drink. Their colors are amazing and make for great photos.
The Lehigh Valley Zoo has some other very creative exhibits – at the right time of day, you can walk through the kangaroo habitat with a zoo keeper as a tour guide. These marsupials will get pretty close if you are calm, but on a hot afternoon you will likely find them taking a bit of a siesta rather than jumping around.
If you need to cool off a bit, head over to the Wolf Cave. The exhibit is cool and calm and you can sit and watch the wolf for as long as you like. He doesn’t mind spectators one bit.
Naturally, there are many, many other animals to watch and enjoy, such as otters, prairie dogs, camels, zebras, and some shockingly feisty tortoises that might entertain you with a bit of a brawl. Make sure you bring a little spending money for a bite to eat and a fun souvenir, too. Feel free to come for just the afternoon or bring the kids for the day – you’ll all have fun and at a reasonable cost, in a casual, comfortable environment.
Don’t forget to pick up some information on birthday parties, special events, and summer camps before you leave for the day. You’ll exit through the Game Preserve, over the river (well, actually, through the Jordan Creek), and through the woods. But don’t fear, you’ll be back in civilization in just a hop, skip, and a jump, and there are plenty of nearby places for a bite to eat on your way home. Enjoy your time at the Lehigh Valley and come back often! The price is right, the place is close, and the animals are always doing something new!