Polar bears don't hibernate and neither should you! Visiting Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in the winter is a different experience, and Polar Bear Day discounts make it easy.
What are Polar Bear Days? Throughout the month of January, whenever the day's predicted high temperature is 32 degrees or below, a Polar Bear Day is declared and admission to the Zoo is cut in half. Considering admission is already reduced for the winter, a Polar Bear Day means adults can get into the Zoo for only $4. Children ages 2-11 are just $2.50, and as always Zoo members and children younger than 2 are free.
Start your trip off with a visit to Northern Trek to see the Zoo's six bear species, including four grizzly cubs, and the rest of the cold-weather-loving animals including Amur tigers, wolves, Bactrian camels, reindeer, seals and sea lions.
Then ride the complimentary heated bus over to the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building to check in on the gorillas, sharks and lemurs.
Don't forget to drop in on the koalas in GumLeaf Hideout and the elephants in the Elephant Care & Visitor Center. Then warm up before heading home with a walk through The RainForest, where it's always 78-80 degrees.
How will you know if it's going to be a Polar Bear Day? Check out clemetzoo.com, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, call (216) 661-6500 or listen to 107.3 FM between 6-10 a.m. for the announcement. Last year there were 28 Polar Bear Days, so check in often!
The Zoo is closed Christmas Day, December 25, and New Year's Day, January 1.
Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Through March 31, 2012, admission is discounted to $8 per person, $5 for kids ages 2 to 11 and is free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.