Spring Break Ideas Part III

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The Ellen Clark team office is housed in Chesterfield, VA. Nearby is our next pick for spring break suggestions for your kids and family enjoyment, The Metro Richmond Zoo.  The zoo is a great place to encourage outdoor activity while providing educational fun!

Wednesday’s Pick: The Metro Richmond Zoo

History: The zoological park, which started off as a hobby for owner Jim Adelin, opened in April of 1995. Adelin is from Pasco, Washington and studied at Brigham Young University. What started off with only pheasants and swans, is now a full fledged zoo and is home to one of the largest primate collections in the United States. There was a move from a smaller property to the zoo’s current location at 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd Moseley, Va 23120, due to zoning and has been there since. Jim’s wife Sherry and seven children are actively involved in the family business which is still thriving today. The zoo has expanded to 120 acres housing 180 different species of wildlife and 2,000 animals. Wow!

Reasons to Visit:

  • Zip Line Adventure Course– These zip lines are up in the forest overlooking the zoo and great for all ages and skill sets. There are three different course options for whatever you or your children are most comfortable with. The Junior Explorer course (5-25 feet high) has 21 challenges and 2 zip lines and is 60-90 mins long. Safe for ages 4 and up. There is the Treetop Zoofari (12-45 feet high)which lasts 2-3 hours and has 44 challenges and 16 zip lines. Safe for ages 8 and up. There is also the Parrot Plunge which is a mini course that lasts 15 minutes and has 3 courses, and is safe for ages 6 and up. Prices range from $15 per person to $50, depending what challenge you are up for. There is training provided by the staff. Details on chaperone requirements along with waiver information is available on their website. There are combination tickets available for admission and zip lining as well.

  • Hand Feeding Animals– At the Richmond Metro Zoo you can hand feed goats, llamas, giraffes, camels, and more!

  • New Reptile Exhibits– For those whose children love snakes, komodo dragons, and turtles, the zoo offers many options and even added 15 new reptile exhibits in the past year.

  • New Animal Nursery– This is where the staff raises the animal babies that have health issues or have to be hand fed due to parental neglect.

  • Zoo Keeper Talks– You can learn more about the African Penguins, Otters, Cheetahs, and Siamung during daily feedings/info sessions with the zoo staff.

  • Kumbali and Kago– A cheetah and lab mix are a rare set of pals that reside and interact at the zoo. Kago was brought in to provide companionship for Kumbali after being raised by caretakers because his mother could not produce enough milk to sustain his life. Their exhibit is located near the kangaroos and highlights how amazing animal interaction can be.

  • Rare and Wild Finds– 22 different species of ducks, meerkats, the Asian black bear, snow leopard cubs, pygmy hippos (coming early Summer 2017), white rhino, Bengal tigers, snow leopard cubs, are among the wide array of animals that call Moseley, VA their home.

  • And More!– A jungle carousel, safari sky lift, a narrated safari train ride, and playground are just a few of the additional entertainment features the zoo offers.

Consider the Richmond Metro Zoo for your next Spring Break adventure. More ideas from the Ellen Clark Team tomorrow! Remember us for any and all of your real estate needs. Contact us at 804-387-2976 or patricia@ellenclark.com.