On Sunday David and I went to the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. There have been there numerous times over the past few years I have gone, so to be honest it wasn’t exactly a brand-new experience. I brought the girls I nanny for to Como Zoo many times over the past three summers. I also worked an amazing Autism Society of Minnesota Social Skills Class there awhile back. However, David had only been there once years ago, and didn’t remember much. As a result, we decided Como would be our adventure this weekend as well as my first adventure documented on my blog!
Stop One: Como Zoo
One of my favorite aspects of the Como Zoo is that it is FREE! And not only is it free, but it is also extremely clean and well-kept. Since I am extremely poor, anything free is great! Especially if it’s something located in a really nice facility.
So clearly, we went in the middle of November which isn’t exactly a normal zoo-going time, especially in Minnesota. The day we went was actually pretty nice though! It was around 40 degrees and sunny which is all you can really ask for in November. Como Zoo is shaped like a circle so we started with the Bird Exhibit inside the main building and then made our way out to Primate building first.
There are currently baby gorillas and orangutans (well, they’re more adolescents now, but they’re still small and cute) in the primate building. Babies are always some of my favorite aspects at the zoo just because they’re so active! There was also a baby giraffe found in the African Hoof Stock building which was fun.
The next highlight around our circle was the Cats building. The tiger they have at Como Zoo has been consistently active every time I see him. He walks around his enclosure and thoroughly checks out the different plants and enrichment (basically toys put in his habitat) they have in there for him.
My VERY favorite part of Como Zoo though is the arctic foxes. There are three of them located in an outdoor enclosure and I love them. They’re always running around and playing with their enrichment. They also are always eyeing up the reindeer in the next enclosure over which is pretty funny given the size difference between the two animals. Also, arctic foxes are just cute. And you can’t beat that.
David’s favorite part was watching the seals in the Aquatic Building. They were also some of the most active animals we saw. One of them kept trying to get enough momentum moving through the water to pop up onto the little ledge right at the glass to look at everyone.
Stop Two: Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is connected to the main building of the zoo. It is a series of connected greenhouses each exhibiting different greenery. Between ferns, trees, spices, flowers, shrubs, and vines – they’ve got it all! During previous winters, I’ve been known to visit the conservatory and not the zoo. It’s just a really nice change of pace.
There are three main things I love about visiting the conservatory:
1. It’s nice and humid even though it’s literally freezing outside
2. It smells AMAZING
3. It’s always curated differently every time I go
Stop Three: Como Park
After finishing at the conservatory, David and I walked around Como Park for a bit. There are paths around the area that are well maintained with lots of benches for rest stops (mandatory for my sore legs from my workout the day before). There are also tons of picnic areas as well as a baseball field and playground.
We got our best pic of the day walking around the Como Park paths. David was the one who spotted the opportunity with the conservatory in the background:
I’m sure I will continue visiting Como Park Zoo & Conservatory sporadically for the rest of my life. The zoo and park area are so well kept, as is the ever-changing conservatory. You never see the same thing twice! Between that and the fact that David loves animals I’m sure we will head back soon.