|Address:||5150 Game Preserve Rd, Schnecksville, PA 18078, USA|
|Working:||10AM–4PM 10AM–4PM 10AM–4PM 10AM–4PM 10AM–4PM 10AM–4PM 10AM–4PM|
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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 its size, you can get up really close to the animals. Ive 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. Its really great for animal photography. When my daughter was young enough to sit in the stroller, Id 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.
This place lets men assault the wives of disabled veterans, get hit by strange men, then they will kick you out for it. We were there for an event and I couldnt stop on the hill because of my wheelchair. As I was rolling down the hill at the entrance unable to stop, I had to yell to get the attention of a woman who was in my way. Her husband gets offended and begins talk badly about my wife and I to my 5yr old son. My wife yelled at him and then he began to stick his hands in her face. as expected she swatted it away and then he pushed her. She pushed him away from her, because she was scared by the man assaulting her (three MEN were holding him back at this point). The manager wasnt interested in her side of the story and I was helplessly stranded at the bottom of the hill. We were then ejected from the zoo while the man that assaulted my wife was allowed to stay and enjoy the event with his family. BOTTOM LINE:LEHIGH VALLEY ZOO HATES DISABLED VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND APPEARS TO SUPPORT SHARIA LAW (i.e. The woman is worthless and any man is worth believing) I asked to speak to the manager and was flatly told "no" Not to mention its so far out of the way and a pain to drive to, youre better off finding something else to do, or drive to Philadelphia to see a real zoo.
Its a pretty nice place. Very big. My only real gripe is its a real pain in the butt to get in and out of this place, especially if you are using a GPS. I wasnt the only one who had this issue either, you follow the signs for the zoo and you end up going in through the exit somehow, and then when you follow the signs for the exit, you come to a dead end with a closed gate that you cant get out of..... also, there needs to be a better system in place for that food court area. Maybe give people a number or something, but it was pretty ridiculous. Also, my friend got a kids meal for her kid and wanted a specific animal for her son for his drink and they told her they were sold out, 5 minutes later we see kids with that animal that she wanted so I go back and ask about it and they said "oh we got more" so instead of saying "were sold out" maybe see if you have any more first, I ended up buying her the animal she wanted before they "sold out" again..... but other than the food court and the driving disaster, its a nice place. Had fun feeding Murphy <3
We come here once or twice a year and have made the Christmas Light Spectacular a yearly tradition. Every year it gets more elaborate. This year a Frozen themed area was added and our daughter loved it. Also, there was a display based on Whoville from the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. They have wood fires in a couple of places and you can roast marshmallows or make smores. There really is too much to mention. An awesome evening. Definitely recommend buying tickets online before you go to avoid the line. The zoo during the rest of the year is also a nice day out. It expands the variety of creatures every year. The zoo is on a scale that is very kid friendly. They can easily walk the whole pace and really enjoy the experience. There are usually some crafts to do and always knowledgeable staff offering talks on the various animals. The penguins and river otters are always a hit. We are eagerly awaiting the addition of giraffes this spring. Below the zoo is a nice creek and some picnic tables. A good place for lunch or just relax.
Mary Ann Sofronie
Normally, we love visiting the zoo. Today we experienced our first code red, a bobcat escaped from its exhibition case. They ushered groups of people into buildings throughout the zoo. We were so fortunate to join others in a room that was also the home of a turtle, snake and groundhog. After 40 or so minutes they allowed us to leave, even though they didnt find the bobcat, although the probability of finding it was already very low. I think many of us were surprised that we werent reimbursed in one way or another. Afterall, you had every patron standing in rooms that were connected to offices with staff members. It was also extremely busy as the beer fest was going on and we paid more than normal so that we could partake. Rather than ending at four, the event abruptly ended at three, which we all understand why.....but the zoo could have handled it better.
We went in late August (after the kids went back to school, and they didnt have field trips yet). The ride into the Zoo is a long and winding path, very secluded and peaceful. The price of admission was fair. The grounds and the walkways were clean and easy to navigate. The habitats are well taken care of and the staff were all helpful and friendly. The only negative was the food. I see in other comments this is also a negative and I hope the Zoo will find a way to upgrade the selection and preparation. Its costly to feed a family. On our next visit we will pack a picnic lunch. We are eager to see the Giraffes when they arrive. On the way out we did enjoy the beautiful surroundings and were fortunate enough to see the herds of Bison and Elk. The preserve is truly a Gem right here in the Lehigh Valley.