If you go to Zoo Miami in the summer though, you're also going to get up close and personal with some sweltering heat and high humidity. It keeps the crowds down, especially in the middle of the day, but unless you have enough piercings to keep yourself properly ventilated, you're going to need a plan to keep yourself cool during your visit. My advice to my children would be to buy an ice cream for one hand and a Diet Coke for the other, then make sure that neither hand is ever out of stock, but for those of you who frequent the food groups that don't center around sugar and aspartame, here's some ideas you can use to keep the temperatures down a little.
#1 - Buy a monorail pass
#2 - Wear your bathing suitIt seems that somebody told Zoo Miami that it's hot in their establishment, so they've responded by installing plenty of places that you can get wet. There's quite a few water park type areas in the zoo, including one near the middle where it's possible to get completely drenched. You can also rent peddle boats and head out onto the lake and roam around, although most people made a beeline for the sprinkler nozzle shooting water out over the lake. If you're really brave and have a couple extra bucks kicking around, there's even a giant water slide for you to try. Finally, if all else fails, go stand by the chimpanzee enclosure. They have a lever in their pen which they can use to turn sprinklers on the people who are standing around watching them. It sounds like exactly the kind of thing that my son would install in his room if I'd let him.
#3 - Got to the bathroom...a lot!
#4 - Really enjoy the inside viewing areasSome of the animals in the zoo aren't necessarily built for a sub-tropical climate, so they require some temperature control for their enclosures. These are the ideal animals to visit when the heat starts to get to you. Other animals simply have caves with viewing windows built in to them, so that you can get out of the sun and still watch the animals from the shade. Of course, just because you've found a great vantage point doesn't mean that the animals are going to cooperate with your ideas.
This post is a part of Travel Tips Tuesday at Suitcases and Sippycups and Walkingon Travels. If you didn't get here from there, you should go check it out. There's people there who are so cool that they don't need to stay cool. Cool?
Written by Steve Pratt