Zoologically speaking, Riverbanks Zoo may not be top tier, but it has to be one of the best landscaped zoos. The tulips were stunning.
It's also compact, so you don't return home bone-tired.
(Strike that! When we finished the zoo, I was still energetic. Then there was the drive home, unloading of cranky babies (who had been cheerful all day), feeding the tribe, and dealing with a house that had been left in a state of chaos. Now I am bone-tired.)
The weather was fabulous. No one whined. No one escaped. We ran into some good friends and ran around with them for a while.
The animals practically cavorted in their pens, which is a nice change from summer viewing when, like the rest of us, they want nothing more than to nap.
Here's a first - everyone smiling. Of course, this was a mere second before Ainsley wriggled from Kolbe's grasp and planted her face in the pavement. Yikes! She came away with a few nice scrapes or "zoovenirs" as Kolbe likes to say.