This past weekend, Megan and Charlie accompanied Trinity and me to Kids’ Day at The Cohanzick Zoo in Bridgeton, New Jersey. We had been there before, while Trinity was on Spring Break, so the photos in this post will be from both days. I can honestly say that I didn’t take a whole bunch last weekend.
The Cohanzick Zoo was founded in 1934 and was New Jersey’s first zoo. It’s also one of the last free zoos in the nation. There’s no tickets, just a donation box. You can enter for free, but don’t be cheap. They just had their funding cut. So, I’m sure they appreciate any donation they get!
It’s definitely a smaller zoo. We took our time walking around, making sure we visited every animal, and it only took us about an hour and a half. It’s a nice way to spend an afternoon, though!
When you first walk in, there’s an elephant statue. It’s a great place for a photo opp!
The zoo has over 200 animals, many of which are ducks and peafowl that are free to roam the grounds as they please. I love peacocks. I went through a stage about a year ago where I saw them everywhere. There was one randomly on my running trail. Another one was chillin in a group of turkeys in a field along the road. Thinking about it, I’ve definitely had strange encounters with them in the past. I almost hit one with my car when I was in my early twenties. I have a special affinity for them, so I, of course, took a ton of photos. Who wouldn’t? They’re gorgeous birds!
The other animals, which I’m pretty sure are all birds and mammals, include a Bengal Tiger, monkeys, wild dogs, a leopard, an Asiatic Bear, and many more.
We had a great time both days! I know Charlie had a bunch of fun!
Since it’s only about 20 minutes from my house, I’m sure we’ll head back again soon. Definitely stop by and check it out if you’re ever in the area.
I just want to take a minute to make a few announcements. I want to remind everyone that tomorrow (Friday May 10) is National Public Garden Day. Also, next weekend, specifically Saturday the 18th, is Art Museum Day. Some museums have free admission, others have festivals. It seems like a fun time! Here’s a list of all the participating museums.
Go out and take advantage of these days. It’s a great opportunity to explore these places, especially if you’re on a tight budget.