Today the boyfriend and I re-visited the OC Zoo in Orange, CA and I’m so thrilled we did.
Let me tell you a little about this gem of a place. Firstly, it’s $5 to enter the park on a weekend (so cheap!). Secondly, the Zoo section is an additional $2 per person (again, so cheap!). There’s a visitor center, petting zoo, pony rides, bike rental, tons of bbq spots, snack bars, fishing ponds, the list goes on. Tons to do here, lots of space, beautiful trees and walkways. It’s a gem.
We went with the intention of walking through the OC Zoo. I have mixed emotions about zoo’s, for obvious reasons that I won’t get into, but I do love seeing the animals. I typically take photos that I’ll later draw, and I managed to get a few good ones, but today was dedicated to having a good time with Blue/Chris/The Boyfriend.
Parking wasssss…a challenge. There were “Lot Full” signs throughout but we were like “naaaaah, we’re gonna try over there anyway,” and yeah, the lots were full. A drive through 3 small lots, and 1 frustrated Blue later, we turned around and parked near the pony rides and wandered aimlessly trying to find the Zoo part of the park. Blue used google maps to guide us to the right direction and we managed to find it.
Word of warning, there aren’t any restrooms in the Zoo. Since we were fueled up on iced coffee, we decided it’d be best to find one before entering. Consider picking up a map if you come to this park, because we could not find the dang restroom. We’re probably blind. We found one but it was a trek to get to it. A pleasant, enjoyable trek.
Visitors can rent out tables for events, host bbq’s, one party even had a little nerf gun fight setup with little walls made out of cardboard. Made me slightly jealous that I couldn’t attend. Blue and I talked about how it’d be nice to have our families/friends join us next time we visit. One day….
Anyways, we trekked back to the zoo, paid that sweet $2 per person entry fee. AND I SPOTTED SOME PATCHES.
FRICKIN SCAVENGER HUNT PATCHES. Complete the scavenger hunt to earn a patch.
I asked the girl at the counter if it was for kids and she said it was open to everyone and I said “YEP, I’M GETTING A PATCH.” Found the Scavenger Hunt trifold map, dug into my Kanken for a pen only to find none (which is blasphemy I always have one on me for drawing), but luckily found one last lonely pencil where the scavenger hunt maps were. AND WE WERE OFF ON THE HUNT FOR KNOWLEDGE AND ENJOYMENT AT THE ZOO. The Zoo is pretty small, so I won’t spoil it for you in case you go so I’ll show you just a few animal photos.
Coyotes, doin’ their thang.
There’s a little <1 day old baby lamb back there! D’aw.
I spotted some younger people sketching and asked if they were students, and they happened to be art majors at Cal State Fullerton, and I said “hey I went there!” and they were taking the same class I did back in my college days. Sweet memories and a funny coincidence. I wanted to tell them not to give up on their dreams but I didn’t want to seem like a weirdo so I didn’t. I spotted a lot more students sketching and wanted to chat with them, but again, didn’t want to be a weirdo.
So basically the Scavenger Hunt was full of informational questions about the animals and plants that can be found at the zoo. The answers can be found within the infographics in front of each animal/plant. I. Was. INTO IT. Luckily, Blue didn’t mind and even helped out so it was more of a fun, team effort.
I had a sudden realization that I enjoy seeing the front view of bird faces. They’re hilarious to me. Doesn’t this look hilarious?
I think it’s because it reminds me of the eagle from Rescuers Down Under? Idk.
There’s Blue lookin’ all spiffy.
Here’s us in front of some trees that were NOT one of the answers we were looking for on the Scavenger Hunt. The tree/plant questions were the most difficult to find on the hunt, btw. Still fun though.
I was jealous of this dude’s salad. We were getting hungry.
This black bear was adorably awkward.
A wild diet high in carbs?! Sounds like me…
Again, so into the hunt.
I really liked these signs.
Then a peacock told us a tale during Story Time.
(They roam freely around this zoo, we spotted 2 while there)
Then a mountain lion tried to attack us!
…just kidding this was a stuffed mountain lion at the visitor center that we went to later on.
These two are always a treat to see. They were napping when we first saw them, but we had to make another lap around the zoo to find a few more answers on the scavenger hunt and the second time around they were both awake and active.
We had a fun time.
…We earned our patches.
We were starving so we walked over to the snack shack and picked up some goodies to go along with the lunches we packed.
Fries and a Sprite to share. I packed some vegetarian chickin’ nuggets and Blue packed a PB & J. We had ourselves a nice little picnic by the water.
Then walked over to the Visitor Center.
[ Insert Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Joke Here ]
Then we took a nice long walk back towards our car.
Strongly recommend visiting if you’re in the area!
Hope you enjoyed the photos.