Friday morning my daughter-in-law Julie packed snacks and water bottles, and we headed off to Zoo Atlanta. The gorgeous day came with perfect temperatures in the low 70s, a light breeze, and sunshine. I could walk all day without breaking a sweat; that’s my kind of day indeed.
At the gate we presented our Zoo Atlanta library pass and saved $77.96, which added to my euphoria. Back when I was a child, going to the zoo was cheap entertainment and my parents took us down to the Jacksonville Zoo at least once every summer. Nothing is cheap about Zoo Atlanta, I assure you, but I realize that running that place for a day isn’t either. There are a huge number of hungry mouths to feed. However, my sister, a Friend of the Jeff Davis County Library, told me about the library pass and I checked into it.
Any adult with a valid library card in the state of Georgia can go to his public library and ask to check out the Atlanta Zoo DVD. When he returns that DVD, the library clerk then fills out a receipt, which allows the patron along with one other adult and two children free admission to the zoo. The only restrictions are that the pass must be used within seven days, and a patron may only check it out once a year. Not bad at all. It’s a great deal, but I suspect that not very many people know about it. When I checked it out from the Appling County Public Library, I was the first user and they had to practice the process on me. They know how to do it now and I was glad to serve as guinea pig. I urge folks to hurry and use that pass before the weather gets too hot.
We deliberately chose a weekday for our outing so we could avoid big crowds, but Fulton County and several surrounding counties were on Spring Break. The crowds weren’t bad though. Julie was wise to pack snacks because all foods were exorbitantly priced inside. One scoop of ice cream cost $4.75. There were frozen bananas and a variety of foods that the boys would probably have refused at home, but at the zoo, they craved them. Kiddie rides were $3 each and each ride was very short. Five of us rode the train, and when we got off, five-year-old Will said, “Grandma, that was the shortest ride I ever had in my life.”
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