Whataburger Zoo Boo: A San Antonio Favorite
One of my favorite annual events is back! For the past several years, the San Antonio Zoo has hosted the Zoo Boo, a Halloween festival unlike any other in our city.
Not only do you get to see your favorite animal exhibits, but you can enjoy all sorts of festivities and special activities. From costume contests to hay mazes to pumpkin painting, it’s got a number of different attractions not to miss. What’s more, the San Antonio Zoo is decked out in fun, (non-scary) Halloween decorations.
This year, my husband and I brought along our two sons: Kylo Ren and Obi Wan to enjoy the cool fall weather at the Zoo.
Kylo Ren is a Zoo Boo veteran and was quick to remind me to be sure and find all the activities we’ve enjoyed in years past. He also insisted on a visit to Toadally to see the amphibians and a stop by the Komodo dragon exhibit were perfectly on-theme for the day.
It was Obi Wan’s first attempt at Trick or Treating, and I think he got the hang of it. While we didn’t allow him to eat the goodies he collected, he did have a lot of fun grabbing treats from the very patient zoo employees.
In addition to the holiday fun, the very nature of the zoo and the variety of activities makes it ideal for that kids of different age groups. Our young toddler was right at home without feeling overwhelmed or scared by costumes or spooky décor (plus there were bubbles everywhere), and our older elementary-aged child had more than enough to keep him happy and engaged. We also spotted groups of older children and teens having a blast.
Parents will also appreciate all of the opportunities for picture taking. Not only are the grounds decorated with pumpkins, scarecrows and the like, but fun props like giant candy corn and photo stand ins make for perfect photo opps.
We had a wonderful time at this year’s Zoo Boo and can’t wait for Zoo Lights, a holiday celebration coming soon.
Zoo Boo Facts:
- Cost: Zoo Boo is included in the cost of admission and free for San Antonio Zoo members. Some games and activities may cost extra.
- Times: Zoo Boo runs during regular hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but Trick or Treating takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Check the daily schedule for a run down of more things not to miss.
- Extra Tips: Come decked out in your Halloween costume! If you forget your candy bucket for trick or treating, the Zoo hands out bright orange bags to children. Get there early or arrive in the mid-afternoon to avoid the largest rush times and increase your chance of getting a parking spot.
See you there!
I am a member of the Zoo Troop, a group of local blogger ambassadors who get to experience zoo events and enjoy previews and promotions, and share them with our audiences.