by Lauren Collins
The Akron Zoo wants to reward you for riding your bike. After a leisurely bike ride on the natural and serene Towpath Trail, head to the zoo for half-price admission.
In honor of National Bike Month, the Akron zoo is offering half off admission May 15 – 31 for anyone who rides their bike to the zoo and uses the new bike shelter. Cyclists will be able to put their bicycles in the new bike shelter and then observe animals from all over the world, including the african lion, the North American river otter, the komodo dragon and the upside-down jellyfish.
Created in October 2016, after the bike trail was officially connected to the Towpath Trail as part of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition’s iTowpath project, the bike shelter contains lockers and a bike fix-it station. The fix-it station is complete with air pumps and tools to do minor bike repairs.
The shelter is located in the zoo’s parking lot adjacent to the Metro Bus Stop. This convenient location allows guests to ride their bike to the zoo and then ride the metro bus home if they choose.
“As a green and sustainable organization, we are encouraging guests to ride their bikes rather than driving their cars. It helps reduce fossil fuels and carbon emissions that contribute to climate change” says Elena Bell, the Marketing and Group Sales Manager for the Akron Zoo.
The Akron Zoo, founded in 1953, is a non-profit, world conservation zoo accommodating over 700 animals from around the globe. While encouraging lifelong learning and conservative action, the zoo strives to connect human life to wildlife with this up-close experience.The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and helps animals in their native habitat.
The Akron Zoo is open year long from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $9 for children ages 2-14, free for children under 2, and free to Akron zoo members. Parking is $3.
For information visit akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.
[Featured photo courtesy of the Akron Zoo]