Sometime Monday I posted on Facebook that I was planning to go on a photo walk at the Erie Zoo on Wednesday. I asked if anyone would be interested in joining me. A few people showed interest, but they had other plans.
Tuesday afternoon I saw the following Erie Zoo Facebook page post:
“Calling all Senior Citizens! Join us for a fun-filled, free day at the Erie Zoo this Wednesday July 26th from 10am-2pm. On this special day, seniors ages 62 and over and their grandchildren under 18 years old will receive free Zoo admission, free lemonade, free popcorn and a free carousel ride. Thank you to UPMC Health Plan and Northwest Bank for making this day possible.”
I decided at that time NOT to go to the zoo, as I suspected that the zoo would be crowded. I posted on Facebook that I would not be going to the zoo.
Early Wednesday morning I changed my mind and decided to go to the zoo.
I departed home at 8:00 am and arrived at Erie Zoo at 9:15 am, 45 minutes before the zoo opened. There was already a small line forming at the gate! I walked over and got in line. The gate opened at 10:00 am. Here is a Smilebox video of some of the animals and other things that I saw at the zoo.
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In recognition of the Senior Citizen’s Day event, there were many informational booths in healthcare, wellness, and entertainment scattered throughout the zoo. At these booths were informational brochures and free stuff (e.g. Notepads, Kleenex, bottle openers, measuring tape, pens, etc.) Here is a picture of all the free stuff I got.
In addition to it being Senior Citizen’s Day at the zoo, it was Wild Wednesday (the last one this year), when the zoo stays open until 8:00 pm. I am a member of the Erie Zoo. Besides the Senior Citizen’s Day giveaways shown in this picture, as a perk for zoo members on Wild Wednesday, I rode the Wildlife Carousel and Safari Train for free and got a free hot dog and soft drink for lunch.
I am SO glad that I decided to go to the zoo after all. I had a very good time!