Bring your cubs out of their winter den for a January visit to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo during 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 rates are already reduced for the winter, a Polar Bear Day means adult admission is just $4.25. Children ages 2-11 are just $2.75, and as always Zoo members and children younger than 2 are free.
The Zoo is truly a year-round destination and Northern Trek is a great place to start your winter trip. Guests can see the Zoo's six different bear species, Amur tigers, reindeer, Bactrian camels and sea lions. After a brisk walk around the outdoor exhibits, you can warm up by the fire inside Wolf Wilderness and visit the Mexican gray wolves, bald eagle, beavers and brook trout.
The Zoo's complimentary heated winter transportation makes it easy to see the rest of the Zoo as well. Guests can drop in on the elephants, naked mole rats and the African rock python in the Elephant Care & Visitor Center, visit the koalas at GumLeaf Hideout, see the gorillas, snow leopards and sharks in the Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building and learn all about how the Zoo provides state-of-the-art care for its animals at the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine.
And of course, no winter visit would be complete without a walk through The RainForest, where it's always 80 degrees, to visit the orangutans, otters, bats and frogs.
How will you know if it's going to be a Polar Bear Day? Listen to Cleveland's new 102, WDOK, visit clemetzoo.com, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or call (216) 661-6500.
The Zoo is closed January 1, New Year's Day.
Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. From November 1 through March 31, 2013, admission is discounted to $8.25 per person, $5.25 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.
For more information, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.