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Cheap Thrills in Rock City – Little Rock Zoo

Submitted by Melissa Ibbotson on March 5, 2011 – 1:43 pmNo Comment

By ┬ánow you’re probably getting really tired of the up-down, all-around, can’t-make-up-its-mind weather. All I can say is when it’s warm, get outside!

One fun way to enjoy the nature of all climates is by going to the zoo, and with the new Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe exhibit opening Saturday, what better way to enjoy the cold without leaving the warmth of a new Arkansas spring.

According to their Web site, the Little Rock Zoo opened in 1926 with just two animals and has since grown to represent over 200 species, with over 725 animals to check out.

While you’re there, take a lunch break at Cafe Africa, or a train ride through some of the exhibits. You can also take a moment to watch the great apes or alligators eat, at 1:30 and 2 p.m., respectively.

Besides the many animals to see, the zoo offers special events as well. Saturday, March 26, you will have the opportunity to eat breakfast with the reptiles. Enjoy your coffee while learning about your favorite cold-blooded creatures, for less than 20 bucks.

The zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with last admittance at 4 p.m.) every day, and admission is $10 per person, plus a $2 parking fee per vehicle. If you want to avoid that parking fee, plus get some great benefits in the meantime, you might think about purchasing a membership. Prices vary depending on the number of people the membership is for. There are also group rates available, in case you and a bunch of your friends happen to be bored on the same day.

For more information about the zoo, its programs and special events, visit

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