OverlookedSeptember 19, 2009
There are exactly 16 zoos in the United States that do not charge admission. I am blessed to live within driving distance of two of those zoos. One, of course, is the National Zoo in Washington DC. But the other is a tiny little zoo which is much closer to home.
Today my friend Joanne visited from PA and, as she had three kids with her and I had Sophia, we decided to go to the smaller, closer zoo. Both of us had been to the zoo when we were kids, and it had been a long time since either of us had last visited there. (Longer for her since she lives farther away now.)
We had such a good time. The weather was perfect, the animals were enjoying themselves, and best of all, I got to see the zoo through a friend’s eyes. It wasn’t until she was going on about how the zoo had “grown up” and how nice it was that I realized what a treasure it is.
Our little zoo is delightful, and yet I hardly ever visit there. Likewise, when I lived in Washington DC I hardly ever visited the Smithsonian and the monuments. Why? Does close proximity make it seem less fun?
Look around you — there are likely some local treasures that you have overlooked as well! 🙂