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The Brandywine Zoo

Brandywine Zoo Wilmington, DE is is close to nearby Brandywine, Pennsylvania. This zoo has been open since 1905 and is a member of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AAZA). On the land where the Zoo now stands, there was a public amphitheater where people would go to hear famous orators of their time. Among them were Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun and Henry Clay.

A hundred years ago, the boundaries of the zoo were much different than they are today. The main area of the zoo was the area of the old bear pit (across from the current Andean Condor exhibit) and the Exotic Animal House and extended down the river. The original collection included ducks and geese, Belgian hares, a sea turtle, and a sea gull.

It is a terrific alternative for a family-friendly day trip. The Brandywine Zoo is a popular family attraction with free admission for all ages. With plenty of parking and free entrance, this outdoor park is great for kids. It’s also a part of Brandywine Park. While many visitors choose to visit the zoo by rail, the Brandywine Zoo is also conveniently accessible by car. Whether you drive or take the bus to Wilmington, you’ll be able to find a parking spot nearby. The Delaware Zoological Society is a non-profit membership organization supporting the zoo’s mission.

Wild Animals for you to See

Many animals were donated to the zoo over the twentieth century. Squirrel monkeys, macaques, and mangabeys are among the animals housed in the zoo today. There are also bald eagles, red pandas, and river otters among the animals on display. The zoo’s collection has grown to include three elk, two buffalo, two eagles, and five monkeys. Black bears and mangabeys were also donated to the zoo. New bear cages were placed in the original bear pit. The rest stop has been transformed into a monkey house.

A gift and refreshments store is also available on the site.

Future Plans

Over the following five to eight years, there are also plans for restorations and improvements at the zoo.

Other Nearby Attractions

#1 – Delaware Museum of Natural History

The exhibits oriented toward children and families are available at the nearby Delaware Museum of Natural History. On the site, children can see animals and learn about history and culture.

#2 – Delaware Center for the Arts

The Delaware Center for the Arts is another excellent choice for visiting families. The center, which is located downtown, has a stunning ten-acre park space. Live performances featuring local children and young adults are hosted throughout the year. A modern education center with displays, activities and interpretative materials is also housed at the museum. Workshops, courses, and camps are also held.

#3 – Chester County Historical Society

The Chester County Historical Society is another place where visitors can learn more about Delaware’s past. Visitors can take a tour of the museum’s grounds while they’re there. If you’re on a budget, don’t miss the Hagley Museum, which is located nearby.

#4 – Big Fish Riverfront Restaurant

The Big Fish Riverfront Restaurant is another excellent dining choice; you can eat while watching the creatures. It is a great place to take the family for lunch or dinner. There’s a great view of the river and plenty of fresh fish to go around. The decor, which includes nautical fish, is informal and family-friendly. A 300-acre polo club is also located there.

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