I enjoy taking the kids to the zoo, especially on a weekday when it is not too crowded. Even in the heat, you can cool off in some of the buildings. Last summer they put in a "splash pad" in the children's section. Riding the large and beautiful carousel is always a highlight of the trip. The zoo is now under private ownership. This has increased the admission and membership fees, but there seem to be alot of improvements. My only concern is explain the animals that have died to my kids... a baby elephant, a baby giraffe, a male lion, and a rhino.