Summertime, when my children were younger, meant it was time to visit our local zoo, Binder Park Zoo. I have many happy memories of taking Kirsten and Travis to the zoo. We would go to the zoo enough that we bought a yearly family pass. The family pass was about $35 a year in 1990 and we could go as many times as we wanted to each summer. Plus, it was accepted at other zoos across the nation.
Binder Park Zoo is located outside of the Battle Creek city limits in Emmett Township, at 7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek, Michigan. The zoo is located in a densely, wooded area that includes wetlands. The natural beauty of the area has been preserved as much as possible.
The parts of the zoo that our family enjoyed included seeing the monkeys, lemurs and zebras; riding the train through the woods, sometimes you could see the wolves from the train; eating dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets at Beulah's Restaurant, climbing the spider web in Miller's Children Zoo; and stopping at the gift shop on the way out of the zoo.
The zoo is open to visitors from April to October, but offers other activities throughout the year. Zoo Boo is held for two weeks at the end of October. The zoo is decorated for Halloween and children can walk through the zoo and trick or treat.