Niagara Falls, Honeymoon Capital of the World. They say marriages are made in heaven; this is where they test-drive them. For almost a hundred years, men— real men — have come to Niagara Falls to defy the will of Mother Nature, to challenge the raging torrents of the mighty Niagara River, to lay their lives on the line, the line that drops dramatically 170 feet straight down into a churning canyon of angry currents. I tell you, these are men with nerves of steel. These are men with hearts of lions.
Note: I was going through some of my draft posts, and found that I had this post essentially all done, but never did post it. It is from some of the trips we took last year to Safari Niagara. I still wanted to post it as there are some nice pictures and a good HD video of the giraffes and hippos.
Prior to 2010, I had only been to Safari Niagara (formerly Zooz) twice. We had gone in the Summer of 2002. I didn’t realize it until now, but it had just opened in May of that year. We also went in December of 2004. The zoo itself wasn’t open, but they had a special Christmas hay ride where they had the Heat Miser, the Snow Miser, and Santa around the zoo.
Boy, how things have changed in the intervening six years. All I remember from that first trip was the bird area and how they had lots of space. This year, they still have lots of space, but it actually has a lot of animals now. There are birds, flamingos, deer, moose, tigers, lions, giraffe, hippopotamus, monkeys, and more. Other than the animals, there are lots of other things to do as well. There is a huge playground, a large splash pad, a “lake” to fish in, an area to play volleyball or badminton, giant chess and checkers, as well as paddle boats.
As I’ve mentioned before, our family bought Safari Niagara season passes for Christmas. Last Saturday (May 15) was opening day, so off we went. At some point this summer, I’ll write a thorough review, but for now, here are some random thoughts regarding Saturday’s trip:
The weather was not that great. There is obviously nothing Safari Niagara could do about that, but it still made for a less enjoyable visit.
With all of the rain that we’ve had over the last week or two, the first quarter of the zoo looks terrible. There are puddles every where, and the moose pen looks like it is a swamp.
Unfortunately, since the first quarter looks so bad, we were really thinking that we may have wasted our money. However, once we got past that part, we were thrilled.
I’m sure once the weather improves and the area can be cleaned up, that part of the park will be fine
I haven’t been to Safari Niagara in around 7 years, and boy, has it grown! The monkeys are great, but the best part was the “Silent Forest”. This is where all of the cats are. The viewing is amazing for the lions, tigers, cougars, and more. You are at a safe distance, but still quite close.
We had lunch at a picnic table about 20 feet away from the giraffe pen. At one point, a giraffe was eating some grass, and I walked over to where its head was and could have touched it if I wanted. Very cool!
The water park looks very nice, but of course we’ll have to wait for warmer weather to try it out
In total, we were there for around 3 hours. We ended up having a great time, and definitely think that the cost of the passes will be well worth it. We’re looking forward to going again!
Note: When you arrive at the park, they give you a map that is part of a newsletter for that month. The picture above is the cover of the May map. If you would like to see the whole thing, I’ve uploaded a PDF/scan to share.