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We spend a lot of time at local aquariums and zoos but with summer temperatures in Arizona too warm to spend afternoons outside our day trips have to start much earlier. This week summer hours began at the Phoenix Zoo and we took full advantage planning a couple of early morning visits. The idea to start early sounds great but getting my daughters ready and out the door is a totally different story. Summer also means we are staying up late with family movie nights so an early morning alarm is not something everyone in my house is as excited about. Luckily packing snacks is the easy part with Snack Factory® Pretzel Crisps® and Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels. This week our mornings at the zoo were extra special because we walked in right behind cousins not knowing they would be there too. It was a beautiful day to visit in the morning with temperatures climbing to 100° before noon.
Our summer outings are always filled with our own packed snacks because we would much rather share great tasting products made from simple, high quality ingredients than spend on sugary snacks. Snack Factory® Pretzel Crisps® are packaged in a resealable bag so they easily toss right into our zoo bag. We also brought along another favorite, Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels, in our reusable snack bag.
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My #SnackSnapShare contest photo would definitely be this one! The beautiful Arizona mountains, giraffes, our favorite snack and a great day at the Phoenix Zoo – a perfect summer memory!
My brother and sister-in-law are moving out of state in less than a week so our daughters really enjoyed spending the morning at the zoo with their cousins. It was bittersweet to see them having so much fun together but also a great reminder of the special bond they share.
5 Reasons to Visit Early
Beat the heat.
The very top reason for visiting the zoo early in Arizona during the summer is always beating the heat. Temperatures are easily 100° before noon but you could enjoy a nice couple of hours at 80° if you visit with the early morning hours beginning at 7:00.
Exhibits are not crowded.
The Phoenix Zoo currently has just one exhibit of their newest traveling collection, Dinosaurs in the Desert, coming in October. Every time we have visited, except for this week, there has been a large crowd around the dinosaur. My daughters and their cousins had an up close encounter all by themselves with the dinosaur!
Shaded seating at the zoo is hard to come by unless you visit early. My nephew and youngest daughter took a quick stop for a snack on a shaded bench.
Play areas are empty.
Sometimes visiting large play areas with many visitors feels overwhelming. Children have a hard time waiting to play and I have a hard time making sure I can clearly see my daughters. These cousins had a blast during our early morning zoo visit because they had the playgrounds all to themselves.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll.
My daughter and her cousin are just six weeks apart and the sweetest little friends. My sister-in-law and I really enjoy listening to their cute conversations and watching them discover together. Visiting the zoo with plenty of space to roam gave them the opportunity to enjoy a cute toddler stroll in the shade. This might be the last time in awhile we’ll be walking behind all four cousins holding hands with their big move coming up very soon.
With so many early morning summer zoo visits planned we’ll be snacking better together with a variety of great tasting products made from simple, high quality ingredients.
We purchase our favorite summer snacks from Fry’s, our local Kroger grocer but they are available in various retailers nationwide.
How do you plan to the make the most of your summer mornings?