Readers of Disney-owned Family Fun Magazine recently named this the "#1 Family Friendly Vacation Spot in the U.S." After visiting, you will understand ... More
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Readers of Disney-owned Family Fun Magazine recently named this the "#1 Family Friendly Vacation Spot in the U.S." After visiting, you will understand why. Where else can you stroll through the world's largest man-made jungle; view sharks and other deep sea inhabitants through a glass-enclosed, walk-through tunnel; take a Lozier IMAX Theatre adventure to the top of Mt. Everest; and view hundreds of birds flying freely in a mesh aviary the size of four football fields; all in one afternoon?
I stopped here on my to Colorado from Michigan with my family in January. I heard from a friend it was indoors, so my assumption was some sort of dome and the entire zoo would be inside. The exhibits were, but you have to walk outside to each. When you have a seven month old that spent his entire life in the sub-tropics, going in and out isn't ideal. The zoo was nice, though. I figured we'd be there 2 hours tops and we spent about 4. I will probably go back this summer, plus they're constructing (scheduled to be done May 2011)!
2 of my friends and I attended the zoo on a Tues. One of my friends is on oxygen and is diabetic. The workers at the zoo were very helpful in letting us plug in our rented scooter anytime the battery was low. We hauled her cooler with her meds and 2 extra tanks thru the zoo and didn't feel uncomfortable leaving all of her stuff and ours while we went on the skyfari. The workers at the skyfari were nice enough to stop the ride so we could take her scooter to a restricted area to plug it in while we were on the ride. Then they assisted us getting on the ride. Everyone, the other visitors included were so nice. We were greeted at the gate by a man who worked there that had a tiger fur that we got to touch! There were workers all over the zoo that you could ask about the animals, they answered every question we had. Visit this zoo!!!
Excellent zoo. We didn't get to explore all of it, but most of it. The rainforest was awesome, all of the exhibits were great! The desert dome i was a little dissappointed with, but I doubt i'll see anything like it elsewhere. I really enjoyed the aquarium! A MUST see!
I like the new sky line thing and I do get a kick ass butt workout in the huge hills..I go every other weekend since,I got a yearly pass..WTF..the food is expensive so bring plenty please..and go in the morning when the animals are active and screwing each others brains..very educational and I get to explore the train too.
Love the zoo to bad they don't have job offers or else I would work there part time maoahaa..
I live in Omaha so I go here all the time and I am so glad! It has AMAZING attractions! My favorite exhibits here would be the aquarium, the gorilla valley, and the Desert Dome/Kingdoms of the Night. I also heard the Butterfly/Insect Pavillion is fantastic. I havent been to it yet. I know I am so lucky to have one of the best attractions in the country just 25 minutes away!
Please do not read the Tom Rocks review, he obviously made it a bad experience. No one can control the animals, they take naps and hide out just like people. I have been going to this zoo my whole life I've been to others all over and this one tops them all. Of course there is some construction they are always improving. I'm planning a trip there in August and I'm sure my whole family will love it!
I have been to zoos in CO, TX, KS, MN and this zoo crushes all of them combined. There is so much to see that we usually divide it into two trips. Where else can you go in the dead of winter in the midwest, and walk through the jungle, desert, undersea, and swamp.
The main drawbacks are that is is not a very compact zoo, so it requires a lot of walking up and down hills, and the food selection is typical overpriced zoo food. But on the bright side, the main indoor attractions are close together, so that you can choose to only go to the jungle, desert dome, aquarium, and the gorilla complexes and still have a long day at the zoo with minimal walking if you choose.
First of all Tom i think you are wrong about it being a bad zoo. 1st thing how many companies will let you enter its facility before it opened? NONE. I just went two days ago and i think that this Zoo is Zoo in the world. We went through the aquarium second after seeing the new butterfly and insect area. The aquarium was amazing. See all those penguins at first then going through the tunnel where there was so many sharks and eels swimming around you and above you, i felt like i could just reach out and touch them. Everything about that Zoo is great. Every year they add on or do something to give you a great experience everytime you go.
Unfortunately, I feel it is my daunting task to write a bad review for this particular attraction. My wife and I arrived early and had been driving for hours that morning and had to use the restroom; however, there were no bathrooms outside the gate, and they would not allow us to go in early just to use the restroom. The first place we visited was the aquarium, which we had been looking forward to for the better part of a year. From the pictures we had seen, we expected a large/long tunnel where sharks would be surrounding the tunnel. The actual tunnel was a 10 second walk from start to finish (walking slowly). The sharks would swim on the outskirts of the tank and rarely swim over the tunnel. The rest of the aquarium had a touch tank, which had a crab and a sea urchin...neither of which moved. Other than the aquarium, the bear exhibit was nice, except the bear that I really wanted to see (Grizzly Bear) was hiding in it's cubby hole the entire time. The tigers all looked a little thin, to where you could see their ribs. The gorillas did keep us entertained for an entire hour. The largest gorilla would run up to the glass and scare people by beating on the glass where people were standing. It was a lot of fun to watch the monkeys put on little shows. The food was alright. We had the chili cheese foot longs and they were pretty decent. The food and drinks were not overly priced for an amusement park, but be prepared, they do cost double what they should, which is not uncommon. There was a lot of construction going on in the Rhynocerous and Elephant areas, so we did not get to see the Rynocerous, but as we were walking away, the Elephant started coming out of his building into his area. We waited another 15 minutes for the Rhynocerous and it did not ever come out. A benefit is the parking available is abundant, and the parking lot is right across the street from the entrance. All in all, the website was a little misleading, but it is still a good time.
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