Far Away Friday v6

I've saved this one to be the perfect post holiday funk/cold outside/it's how many days until Spring Break post! Today's Far Away Friday is all the way from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Zu is a mama to three who used to live in Tidewater but moved out West. Neil and I actually LOVE Colorado. I love the skiing and snowboarding and Neil loves the baseball! Don't be afraid to contact me if you've got an idea for a post! 
Toddling around any city can be a daunting task wherever you venture off to. The Pikes Peak region is full of beautiful landscapes and hiking trails, but if you’re not the outdoorsy type there are several places that both you and your children will enjoy. Our favorite go to spot is the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, in Colorado Springs.       
When entering the zoo you are given tokens to donate to different animal conservations. My children love seeing the tokens go through all of the gears. This unique experience lets children voice their support on helping their animal friends. We follow this with a family favorite, feeding the Giraffes! You are able to feed the Giraffes all day. Visitors pay either $3 for one bushel of lettuce or $5 for two. You also have the option to feed several other animals, including the Goats and Rhinos. This year my older two children, ages 5 and 2, and I fed an Elephant to celebrate Summer Solstice. It is a bit more pricy than the Giraffe exhibit, but it was worth every penny for the special experience.

Though focused on family fun, this zoo does a fabulous job at sharing their passion for education and conservation. At various times you can learn more about the animals, their environments and how each animal is specially suited for their natural habitats. Before we fed the Elephant, the children learn all about them. Fun fact, the elephants hind legs are shaped differently from their front legs, they also only have molars in the very back of their mouths!

Located near the main restaurants is a plant themed playground. My son loves climbing the oversized mushroom, while my tiny two-year-old crawls under the snake. There is also a wild animal themed carousel in the same area that is not for the faint of heart. My kids beg for a ride every visit! If views are what you seek, there is a sky ride that takes you above the mountainous zoo.

Speaking of view, with every ticket purchase, you also get a free visit to Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun, or as we call it, Rapunzel’s tower! Uniquely located at the top of Cheyenne Mountain, one must drive through the zoo to reach it. There are a few twists and turns up the mountain. Take your time and enjoy the ride, once you reach the top you’ll be greeted with a magnificent view of all of Colorado Springs.


Prices to the zoo vary by seasons, if you’re looking to save a bit, your best bet is to go from December to February. It will be cold, but still a ton of fun. They also have a Military discount for active duty families. Since we are locals, we invested in the Family Membership, it is a one-time payment of $197 and it includes admission for two adults and all of your children for an entire year! This includes all of their extra events, like December Holiday lights extravaganza and boo at the zoo. We have already gone at least ten times in the past few months, so the membership has paid itself off, tenfold.