Many zoo-goers know that packing a lunch is the way to go!
Not only do you save money by bringing your own food from home, your packed lunch is generally healthier and more eco-friendly. By bringing a variety of snacks you can walk and eat at the same time. Packing food in reusable containers is much better for the environment than cardboard or paper plates that zoo restaurants usually provide. Also, don’t forget your reusable water bottle – most zoos have water fountains or taps throughout the park to refill throughout the day! Usually there is an eating area or picnic benches located in the zoo; however, I like to find a bench positioned near one of the exhibits so I can observe the animals (or people watch!) throughout my meal.
If you’re concerned about having to carry a heavy cooler bag with you throughout the day, you can always leave it in the car and retrieve it at lunch time (just double check that this is okay with the main gate before leaving the park).