A recent trip landed us in Garden City, Kansas. While looking online to see what they had to offer, I came across the Lee Richardson Zoo. Growing up my parents took us to zoos all across the country. Now it is something I love to do with my son. My husband is always on board with that idea so we figured a visit to the Lee Richardson Zoo would be a great way to spend some family time.
I’m all about finding inexpensive ways to travel and explore new places. You can bet I was thrilled to find out the Lee Richardson Zoo is free! They even have a road that goes along the outside of the zoo so that you can drive around and view the animals for a small fee. The weather was nice and we wanted to get a good look at all the animals so we didn’t go this route. I thought it was a great option to have though.
As you enter the zoo the first thing you see is this huge train. There. That was it. We could have left then and my train loving kiddo would have been more than happy.
We had to convince him to keep moving so he could see the elephants. He did not want to leave his new favorite train.
I was happily surprised to see such a nice elephant habitat at this zoo. The gate came close to the sidewalk so we were able to get a friendly view of one of the elephants.
I think my husband’s favorite part was the aviary. This big guy was sitting on the rope right as we walked in. He was so still and didn’t even flinch when I came up to take his picture. I have no idea what he is, but isn’t he beautiful? The blue in his feathers was stunning!
There were so many animals to see and their habitats were incredibly well done. Can you spot the leopard hanging out over here?
We spent over an hour and a half making our way through the zoo. On our way out we had to say goodbye to the train again. Apparently Ol’ Two Bits was Garden City Western Railway’s first locomotive.
How did a post about our trip to the zoo end up having so many train pictures? Oh well…whatever makes that sweet boy happy.
If you ever find yourself in Garden City, Kansas be sure to stop by the Lee Richardson Zoo. It is well worth some time out of your day. Besides, you just can’t beat a free trip to the zoo!