There are definitely Places to Cool off at the Memphis Zoo. The kids and I went to the zoo last week on a hot, hot day! I know there are many times we avoid going there in the heat of the summer but the kids had a blast.
I’m not kidding you when I tell you – we looked at two animals (types) while we were there. 2. Sea lions and giraffes. That’s it.
I usually try to arrive with my kids right at 9am, but we were slow moving that morning. Our goal was to get out of the house in time to make it to the sea lion show at 11. We walked right to it and ate our packed lunch. Almost the entire area of that theater is shaded. Unfortunately, the show is very short lately. I didn’t even hear them do the Jaws part.
We were warming up – so we were already starting to look for Places to Cool off at the Memphis Zoo.
We walked to the giraffe area to feed the giraffes, which we don’t do every time. You pay to get a handful of lettuce to feed the giraffes. My tip: rip the lettuce to spread the fun out longer.
First of the Places to Cool off at the Memphis Zoo
After that, we walked to the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone in Teton. My kids had their bathing suits on and this was the first place they cooled off. I will say that if a kid stands directly on the geyser your phone may get wet.
Second of the Places to Cool off at the Memphis Zoo
There are definitely fan/misters at a couple places around the zoo. But guys, on a day like that day, it wasn’t cutting it.
Third of the Places to Cool off at the Memphis Zoo
Next, we walked towards the entrance to play in the “river.” You guys, they have completely redone this area. Last year my kids were playing in it (which was allowed) and one of them scraped their hand pretty badly on the rocks. Now, the bottom of the river is mostly a smooth surface. There are rocks, but they are only spaced far enough apart to make the flow of water realistic. Now, after the alterations, this is my favorite of the Places to Cool off at the Memphis Zoo.
There are signs that say “no swimming, no lifeguard on duty” but I don’t think it’s enforced because everyone was letting their kids swim in it. They have gated off the fountain part, however. I believe every parent should be supervising their own kid anyway. By the second time we passed by the river area, there was an actual lifeguard there supervising the largest pool section, and there was a new sign that said “lifeguard on duty”.
I do think it’s funny because when she went off duty, she switched the sign back to “no swimming, no lifeguard on duty” but didn’t ask everyone to get out of the pool or anything. I assume she was taking her break, but she didn’t get replaced by another lifeguard.
We probably stayed playing there for over an hour. Then something bad happened. I couldn’t figure out why Memphis Zoo staff were coming over and making everyone get out. They were screaming at the kids to get out. (No lightning or anything.) I asked a staff member, “is it closed?” He said, “yes.” I said, “for how long?” He said, “for the rest of the day.” Then I heard it. Another mom said, “someone vomited in the pool.”
And then I said, “c’mon kids, time to go home.”