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You Can Drive Your Car Through the Phoenix Zoo and See the Animals up Close Until September

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How long has it been since you last took your kids for a trip? It has been a while, right? We understand your agony. Your kids might be bored in the house. How about you take them out for some adventure? One question would probably pop in your mind right now, “Is it safe to go out?” While you might be worried about walking outside and possibly interacting with people, we want to share with you this fun and safe Phoenix Zoo tour that we discovered!

Take a Phoenix Zoo Tour From the Safety of Your Own Car

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If you already miss seeing the wild, you should check out this new tour from the Phoenix Zoo! They are offering a new and exciting tour called “Cruise the Zoo.” It is fun because you can explore the awesome zoo without sacrificing your safety. This is quite similar to the rides in a safari park, but the thing is you don’t need to worry about tigers approaching your window!

Just imagine the experience. It would just be like a regular day at the zoo, except you are enjoying everything from your car. This activity hits two birds with one stone because you are exercising social distancing while getting a glimpse of the animals from afar.

What Can You Expect in ‘Cruise the Zoo?’

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Before taking this one of a kind Phoenix Zoo tour, you need to buy your tickets online through their website. Take note that they are only selling 450 tickets per day. If you didn’t reach the cut-off, you must choose another day to visit. You should also consider pre-purchasing your food and drinks, photo packages, and souvenir online because they won’t be accepting cash or cards on the spot. Don’t think of this as a hassle. The management is implementing this as part of their safety protocols.

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To start Cruise the Zoo, you will need to enter from Galvin Parkway. There will be several stops during the course to manage the intersections. Why? Well, there are different pathways where you will come across cars who are exiting. A safety officer will be there to manage the traffic. Once the fun Phoenix Zoo tour starts, you’d be so happy seeing all the animals such as the flamingos, giraffes, elephants at the Africa Trail and Tropics Trail. What’s more interesting is that you will also find exhibit guides and information within the trails.

If You Want the Best Phoenix Zoo Tour Experience, Consider Downloading the Audio Tour Playlist

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Even if this is a self-guided tour where you are touring from the safety and comfort of your car, it is highly suggested that you play their audio tour playlist. You can find it on their website and you only need to download it. The playlist will take you around the place like as if it is your personal virtual tour guide. We recommend you to download Soundcloud you can play the playlist hassle-free.

There are two trails that you will find in this Phoenix zoo tour: Tropics and Africa Trail. Some of the animals that you will see while you wander in the Tropics Trail are jaguars, alligators, flamingoes, and elephants. On the other side, the Africa Trail, you can find zebras, rhinos, baboons, lions, gazelles, giraffes, and cheetahs. Before the tour ends there will be a photo stop, so tell your family to showcase their best pose! This Phoenix Zoo tour will approximately take about 30 to 60 minutes. For the best experience, make sure to snap lots of photos and also eat some snacks to get entertained.

Reminders and Safety Precautions

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Since we’re still in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, visitors should follow strictly the rules provided by the zoo. This is to ensure a fun and safe tour for all.

  • Cars with tickets are allowed to enter starting at 7 am and the last vehicle scheduled for that day must be in line at exactly 11 am or else your ticket will be forfeited.
  • Vehicles larger than a full-size long bed truck are not allowed.
  • Passengers at the back of a pickup are not allowed.
  • You should not open the door of your car and you to remain there for the duration of the tour.
  • Portable restrooms are available before entering the parking lot. In case of an emergency during the course of the tour, you should inform a Phoenix Zoo staff immediately.
  • You can bring your own food.
  • Strictly follow the 4 mph speed limit.
  • Do not disturb animals and other guests. Do not honk your horns or yell around the vicinity. Remember to respect the Phoenix Zoo guests and animals.
  • You may bring your own food and drink to enjoy in your vehicle. However, you are not allowed to take with you glass containers or alcoholic beverages. You also cannot pet or feed the animals because you are likely to stay inside your vehicle.

Cruise the Zoo Details:

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Many guests really enjoyed this unique Phoenix Zoo tour. Due to popular demand, the management decided to add more schedules to the fun activity. You can now book your “Cruise the Zoo” slot for the Thursday – Monday of June, July, and August, as well as selected dates in September. The schedule will be as follows:

  • September 4 (Friday) to September 7 (Monday)
  • September 11 (Friday) to September 13 (Sunday)
  • September 25 (Friday) to September 27 (Sunday)

Please take note that the hours will be limited to 7 am to 12 nn. All cars must also be in line by 11 am since the zoo only accommodates 450 vehicles per day.

Admission Fee:

  • Phoenix Zoo members – $50 per car
  • Phoenix Zoo non-members – $65 per car

Operating Hours: 7 am to 11 am every Monday and Thursday to Sunday

Duration: July 30 to September 27, 2020 only (this Phoenix Zoo tour has just been extended

Location: Phoenix Zoo/Arizona Center for Nature Conservation, 455 N. Galvin Parkway Papago Park Phoenix, Arizona

Website: https://www.phoenixzoo.org/cruisethezoo/

What are you waiting for? Secure a slot now! Surely, your kids will be excited about this new normal way of visiting the zoo. It’s still quite exciting, right? Just the thought of seeing the animals up close, touring the famous attraction, and seeing your kids giggle in delight will definitely complete your day!

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