Summer's happily underway and with many days still enjoying the South Florida sun (aside from this weekend), you should keep the Palm Beach Zoo in mind as a daytime destination that's good for the whole family. Sometimes you gotta look at animals to remember your true nature. In an age of budgetary restrictions and County money savings measures, important places like the zoo and libraries suffer the shortsightedness of politicians. For what it costs to go to the movies these days, you can head on down to the zoo and contribute your admission to zoo operations.
One clever way for the zoo to ensure their animals stay fed is by partnering with a phalanx of food trucks to feed you! Food trucks in South Florida have proven for the large part that they were not some trendy fad and continue to be some of the more compelling dining destinations available out there. Sure, they might not be the cheapest option but your local fast food chain doesn't have to pay for gas and as seen in this post, probably doesn't use products you could trust.
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For this Food Truck Safari the gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with the trucks beginning their dinner services at 5:30. The zoo closes at 9 p.m. with the last ticket being sold at eight. Guests will be able to enjoy the following food trucks:
- Beach Buffalo
- Poor Boy's Kitchen
- Parabas Grill
- Paradise Shave Ice
The zoo is offering a reduced admission $6 and $9 for child and adult members, $7 and $10 for child and adult non-members. Kids under three are free. There will be train rides and a wildlife carousel for $3 to $5 with all proceeds supporting the zoo. Beer and wine will be available to those 21 and older with a valid ID.
Keeping the earlier comment about prices at the trucks being a little steep, in this occasion, all the trucks will be donating a portion of their sales to the zoo, so that with reduced admission, is an expense you can happily deal with. The zoo is also holding the trucks in check as it chooses to partner with businesses who apply sustainable practices in their daily operations and will be awarding a "Sustainability Award" to the truck that excels in the most environmental and conservation sustainability categories in their checklist.
There will also be live music from Emily Brooke and the Shin Dig Duo as well as up-close animal encounters. For more info call 561-547-9453 or visit palmbeachzoo.org.
Here's a video of past events:
Palm Beach Zoo is located at 1301 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-533-0887, or visit palmbeachzoo.org.