Sometimes called the gem of East Texas, Tyler, TX is never lacking in things to do. Parks, museums and scenic drives are only a few of the many attractions available.
One activity in particular that should not be missed is the Caldwell Zoo. Sitting on 85 acres, this zoo is just the right size that you can see everything in an afternoon of easy walking, without feeling totally exhausted at the end, and everything is easily accessible by beautifully paved trails.
The staff are super friendly, knowledgeable and outgoing; and the animals’ habitats are spacious and well-kept. Organized by regions of the world, the zoo houses over 3,400 animals!
Perhaps some of the most notable features of Caldwell Zoo are the large variety of bird species, and that many of the enclosures offer either glass or totally open (with railing, of course!) viewing areas, so you can easily see and photograph the animals without a lot of pesky wire in the way!
Another area that Caldwell prides itself on, and rightly so, is the newly remodeled African Enclosure. Complete with a cafe and a seating area on a shaded overlook, you can get yourself some lunch or a drink while you watch the Wildebeests, Warthogs, Zebras, Elephants, and other African animals!
Want to get really interactive? No problem! As part of the recent modifications to the zoo, a special Giraffe viewing and feeding area has been added to the African exhibit. For $5.00, you can buy some lettuce to hand-feed these gentle giants!
And if that’s not hands-on enough for you; head over to the Wild Bird Walkabout and buy a $1.00 seed stick to have all the Parakeets and Cockatiels you can handle eating right out of your hand!
Still not satisfied? Then walk on down to the petting zoo and hang out with some cute farm animals for a little while!
To wrap up your trip to the zoo, check out the amazing gift shop and pick up some souvenirs to remember your time there. On your way out, be sure to visit the pollinator garden to see some beautiful flowers, butterflies, and bees!
For more information you can go to the zoo’s website by clicking this link.