Positioned by the Red River in North Texas, my hometown is equally distant from the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex and Oklahoma City. That’s important when searching for “big city” opportunities like, say, zoos.
While as a homeschooler, I’m free to give my kids spring break whenever I choose, I usually choose to take a break at the same time as the public schools because my husband works at a public university, so that’s when he gets a few days off.
Last year, we took the kids south to the Ft. Worth zoo. Although both the weather and the company were fine, it was the worst zoo trip we’ve ever taken because apparently the entire state of Texas wanted to enjoy the zoo during spring break. We pushed elbow to elbow through crowds all day, peering at animals from several rows back, and standing in line an hour just for lunch.
This year, we crossed the state line and headed north to the OKC zoo. A wonderful choice! Again, the weather and the company were ideal, but this time we had the run of the place. We parked by the door and walked in without standing in line. A few young moms pushing strollers and one small daycare group were the only other zoo patrons. We strolled at a leisurely from exhibit to exhibit, never having to fight for a position at the rail or at a map. When the baby elephant went through his paces in the training center, we had front row view. Even the sea lion show only required a short wait before we took our places…you guessed it…on the front row.
Sometimes swimming upstream pays off!
I believe Oklahoma is on spring break next week. Hey Okies, I can recommend a lovely zoo a few hours to your south, if you want to avoid the crowds.