The zoo is a wonderful place to go on a day off with family and friends. For most people this would be in the summer when the kids are out of school, vacation time is booked, or the weather is nice. I would like to use this post to show some pros and cons of going to the zoo during different seasons. I went to a zoo in the middle of winter for the first time a couple years ago and it opened my eyes to a whole different experience!
****Reminder: These seasons are according to Southwestern Ontario. Weather patterns may be different where you are and should be factored in accordingly.****
– Pros: Warmer weather, increase in baby animals, prices may still be cheaper, most exhibits on display, more events to start promotions for busy season
– Cons: Higher potential for rain days, some exhibits may be still closed, slightly busy
– Pros: Best hours, Most amounts of exhibits open, baby animals, plenty of events/promotions, usually when new attractions/exhibits open, nice weather
– Cons: potentially too hot, lethargic/irritable animals, very busy/crowded, sometimes higher prices
– Pros: Nice weather, more active animals, less busy, most exhibits still open, potentially cheaper rates
– Cons: Potentially less exhibits open, Potentially bad weather
– Pros: Least amount of crowding, cheapest prices, active animals
– Cons: Cold, least amount of exhibits open, potentially construction
Overall, I feel that the more time you have at exhibits to fully appreciate the animals you spent the money to see the more fulfilling your trip. No matter what the time of year, if you go during the week instead of weekends and holidays it will be far less busy. If you go during the off season (if the zoo near you is open more than just July/August), the less crowded it will be. I have found it far more enjoyable to go in the fall and winter when the animals aren’t stressed from the heat and are moving around more – this way you get to understand their behaviours better.