As a frequent visitor to zoos I cannot stand strollers and wagons. I’m not saying not to bring them or use them…with young children you need them! All I’m asking is you be mindful of them.
- Do not block walkways and pathways – especially on busy summer days it is very frustrating to other visitors when a wagon is blocking half the walkway! Put it on the grass to the side or at least running the same direction as the walkway, not sticking out into the middle!
- Watch for signs – many pavilions do not allow strollers due to the restricted areas inside to begin with.
- Bring only what you need – I’ve seen families with two kids and the parents are carting around a huge stroller, a wagon, and three backpacks! There is no need for that much stuff! Not only is it frustrating for everyone else trying to maneuver around you, but what an exhausting day for the parents!
And last but not least…
- DO NOT USE YOUR STROLLER AS A BULLDOZER! I understand your child wants to see the animals, but maybe it’s a good opportunity to teach patience to your children. Everybody else there paid money to see the exhibits as well, even though I’m over the age of 10 doesn’t mean I don’t get just as exited when the polar bears are playing in the water! Countless times I have felt the pressure to move out of the way after a brief look into an exhibit because the person behind me is continuously bumping me with their stroller or making overly loud comments about how if people moved their child could see – only to move out of the way and discover their child is sound asleep!
- A better solution? If there is more than one adult have one hang back out of the way with the belongings and have one parent take the children up to see the animals.
If you are already mindful of your strollers and wagons I thank you. I am not by any means saying every person with a stroller in a zoo is a jerk! And seeing how I do not have children I don’t really know what it is like trying to cart around a child in a busy location…but I do know what it’s like as a frustrated fellow visitor.