Go to the Zoo neighborhood safari lion looking at zebras

Go to the Zoo

Not everyone has the time or the money to go on a safari through Africa. If you do have the money, then it would be pretty rad, no? Exhilarating, magical, insanely cool, would be the words I’d use to describe an actual safari. Instead, go to the zoo.

For us mere mortals who can’t fly to Africa for a date, a very nice alternative is getting in the car and driving to the nearest zoo, where you have all the exotic animals that you can look at without the hassle of a time-consuming trip.

The zoo has always been a fun place to go for all ages. Why is it so appealing? Well, there are all sorts of cool animals to look at, there are usually interesting shows to watch, and there is plenty of time to chat with your date. Zoo prices are usually pretty reasonable, as well.

Zoo Entrance for the Herman Park Houston Zoo. Lots of people entering.

What you need for this go to the zoo creative date idea: 

The only thing you need to do is make sure that the zoo is open the day you want to go. Depending on where you live they could be open pretty much every day all year round. If you want to avoid the crowds maybe find an off-peak day to visit. Do a simple search online to find a zoo to go to.

Giraffe in a zoo

My commentary on this date idea: 

I have gone to the zoo on several occasions with family and in groups. My favorite zoo of all time is probably the San Diego Zoo, it is absolutely massive with all kinds of attractions.

When I was a teenager, I went with a group of friends to an Aquatic Zoo called Marine World, which is located in California. It has changed quite a bit since then and is now a Six Flags resort called Discovery Kingdom. I was with one of my best friends and his cousins, one of which I had a crush on. Her name was Jill. 

Jill and I got along pretty well at the zoo. There wasn’t any real flirting going on, but the conversation was good. At least, she seemed to be interested in what I had to say. It was a great atmosphere for us to get to know each other and for me to decide if I wanted to ask her out.

Tiger in the zoo

The animals were interesting, especially the tigers that we saw. Fun fact about Matt: Tigers have always been my favorite of the big cats. Now back to dating.

I never really asked Jill out, because I was young and stupid and afraid of females. I found out later that she was kind of interested in me. However, I happened to be out of the country for a long period of time, and even though we corresponded through “snail mail,” she lost interest and stopped writing to me. Cursed long-distance, haha.

If you are looking for something different to do and love animals grab your date and go to the zoo.

Check out this video I made of a recent trip to the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium in Litchfield Park, Arizona

Do you have experience with this date idea? Let me know in the comments how it went and if your date, spouse, significant other liked it. You can buy a copy of the book 101 Creative Dates: ideas, tips, and personal experiences from the life of a hopeless romantic here or visit the shop.

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