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Exploring the Wonders of the Memphis Zoo

Hey, nature enthusiasts and curious souls! Ready to embark on a wild and wacky adventure? The Memphis Zoo, with its 20 acres of animal extravagance, is your ticket to a world tour of ecosystems, minus the jet lag. We’re talking lush rainforests, expansive savannas, and creatures that’ll make your backyard squirrel look pretty mundane.

Get Up Close and Personal with Animals

  • Giants of the Equator: Picture this: majestic giraffes nibbling on treetops, chimpanzees causing a ruckus in their rainforest playground, and elephants that make your SUV look like a toy car.
  • Corals of the Caribbean: Dive (figuratively, folks) into the Caribbean’s underwater fiesta, where fish are more colorful than your aunt’s mismatched holiday decorations and sea turtles are cooler than the other side of the pillow.
  • Asian Highlands: Trek to the Himalayas (sort of), where red pandas are more elusive than a good hair day and takins are the mountain goats that didn’t quite make it into mainstream fame.
  • 5-D Theater: Buckle up for an African safari where the only thing missing is the risk of a real lion joining you in the backseat.

Beyond the Exhibits

The Memphis Zoo isn’t just a one-trick pony. Take a breather with some grub at the cafes, or chill out with an ice cream that’ll make you forget about Memphis’ humidity. Education talks? Check. Interactive demos? You bet. And for a sprinkle of festive flair, “Boo at the Zoo” and “Dazzling Nights” will make your regular nights out look like a snooze fest.

Zoo Mysteries and Secrets

Here’s a kicker: did you know the Memphis Zoo started in 1906 with one bear named Natch, a retired baseball mascot? And if you’re in the Overton Park area, take a gander at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art or strut through the Memphis College of Art. It’s like a cultural triple-threat.

Planning Your Memphis Zoo Adventure

Open daily from 9 to 5, the zoo’s more regular than your morning coffee routine. Tickets are a steal at $13 for adults and $9 for kiddos. Seniors and military folks, you’ve got discounts waiting for you.

Conveniently Located Hotels Nearby

Now, let’s talk about where to crash after your wild day. You don’t want to end up snoozing with the zebras (as tempting as that sounds), so check out these comfy digs:

  • Holiday Inn Express Memphis Medical Center Midtown, an IHG Hotel: Just a stone’s throw from the zoo, this place is the epitome of convenience. Comfortable accommodations, an outdoor pool for those who haven’t had enough splashing around, and free Wi-Fi to spam your socials with zoo selfies.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis: If you’re craving some Southern charm, this traditional hotel rolls out the red carpet. It’s got a Southern food restaurant that’ll make your taste buds sing, a pool to dip your tired toes, and a free airport shuttle – because who likes cab fares? It’s practically a hop, skip, and a jump from the zoo.
  • Holiday Inn Memphis-Univ of Memphis, an IHG Hotel: Need space? This hotel’s got you covered with its spacious 2-room suites, complete with kitchenettes for midnight snack attacks. There’s also a restaurant for dining in style, meeting rooms if you need to pretend you’re working, and free Wi-Fi to keep everyone connected. It’s like finding a four-leaf clover in your hotel search.

So, when your day at the Memphis Zoo winds down, and you’re laden with memories (and probably a souvenir or two), these hotels and those on our list at the top of this page are just what you need to recharge, reminisce, and maybe plan your next zoo-venture.

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