GREENVILLE — Now that school’s out, you may be looking for ideas to keep little ones occupied throughout the Summer.
In Your Back Yard is a series of articles published by The Easley Progress and The Pickens Sentinel designed to highlight family friendly events and attractions throughout the Upstate, keeping you — and your little ones — busy from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
First up? Let’s all go to the zoo …
You don’t have to head all the way to Columbia to have a great zoo experience when you’ve got this little gem right here in your back yard. Located only 13 miles from Easley and 21 miles from Pickens, the drive is short enough to make a spur of the moment visit.
Coupled with the fact the park itself is small enough that it doesn’t have to be an all day affair, the Greenville Zoo makes it a perfect outing for families with little ones that still need to be home in time for an afternoon nap.
Ticket prices are reasonable enough that an afternoon visit won’t break the bank. Season long passes or “zoo memberships” are also available for individuals or the entire family.
Simply because space in downtown Greenville is limited, exhibits are somewhat limited — you won’t find any elephants at the park anymore — but what they lack in quantity is more than made up for in a friendly and knowledgeable staff, as well as interactive programs with guests held several times throughout the year.
Lions, gators, giraffes and of course, the reptile house make up the main attractions but you’ll also get to see black swans, flamingos, an ocelot and plenty of other animal ambassadors.
Tip for the trip: bring a pocketful of quarters to buy handfuls of pellets for both the duck ponds and to feed to the goats.
The Greenville Zoo is located at 150 Cleveland Park Drive and is open from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. daily. (Zoo closes at 5 p.m.) Tickets are $9 for adults and $5.75 for ages 3 to 15. Kids ages 3 and under are admitted free.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.