(arizona) wildlife world zoo & aquarium

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If you are in the Phoenix, AZ area, you’ll want to read this post (or at least scroll down to the bottom for an awesome coupon). For my non-Arizona readers, I threw in a few vintage Logan photos for you to enjoy.

It took us a couple years of trying (and a couple years of not so fun tests and invasive procedures) before I finally got pregnant (a week before we were scheduled with the fertility specialist) with Logan. Those of you who have walked in my shoes, or worse, know what it’s like to go somewhere like the zoo and see families there enjoying the day with their children. It feels like everywhere you look everyone is pregnant or have babies, everyone except you. You are genuinely happy for them, but also incredibly jealous. One of things I looked forward to the most when we were trying to get pregnant was taking our child to the zoo.

When Logan was around 6 months (and over the colicky stage of life), we packed up the car and headed to the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium. It was totally surreal being a mom walking around the zoo with a baby, stroller, diaper bag and the million other things you need to keep a kid alive. It was hands down the best zoo trip I’ve ever experienced. Logan barely stayed awake for 30 minutes and he could care less that a big giant giraffe was towering above him, but I’ll never forget his first zoo trip. And yes, I totally dressed him like a bear…I told you I was excited!

I can’t wait to take him back now that he’s 2 and can make all the animal sounds and goes crazy over seeing a lizard. This whole mom gig just keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend it.

Here’s some info about the awesome zoo we took Logan to, along with a link to a coupon for $3 off your next visit:

First opened in 1984, the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium features 66 developed acres with hundreds of animal exhibits, 5 ride attractions, 3 retail shops and several dining options. As home to Arizona’s largest collection of wild animals, Wildlife World displays over 600 different species with more than 6,000 individual specimens. Popular attractions include: a lory parrot feeding three times a day, a giraffe feeding station, a baby animal nursery, the African Safari Train Ride, Wildlife Encounters educational shows, a stingray touch tank, the Verizon Skyride, a kangaroo walkabout, tide pool touch tanks, a log flume ride, and children’s carousel, play area, and petting zoo.

Notable species include: white tigers, sharks, otters, penguins, flamingos, giraffe, zebras, oryx, lions, ostrich, kangaroos, rhino, jaguar, some 20 varieties of primates, eels, stingrays, tropical fish, rare albino alligators and many more!

New in 2011 – Dragon World. See giant reptiles like the state of Arizona’s first saltwater crocodile — the largest species of croc in the world. Plus, there will be monitors, iguanas, a 20-foot long & 200 lbs. python, Aldabra tortoises and more. New in Feb. 2012 our 4th Aquarium Gallery featuring otters & river monster fish from South America.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is located at the intersection of State Route 303 and Northern Avenue in Litchfield Park at 16501 W. Northern Ave. The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Daytime admission to both the zoo and aquarium is $29.00 for adults and $14.25 for children 3 to 12 (plus state sales tax), children under three are free. Special reduced admission (after 5 p.m.) to the Aquarium only is $16.99 for adults and $8.99 for children 3 to 12 (plus state sales tax). Save $3 Off of admission to the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium with this coupon.

The fine print: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium tickets for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.