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Summer Nanny Series: Animal Encounter Field Trips for Adventurous Kids

Summer break is a perfect time to introduce young minds to the wonders of the animal kingdom! Leaning of animals and their habitats can spark curiosity and cultivate a deep appreciation for nature's diversity. Fortunately, the Houston area offers an array of thrilling destinations that provide live animal encounters. In our field trip edition of the Summer Nanny Series, we've curated an exciting list of places where children can get up close and personal with fascinating creatures, creating treasured memories while expanding their knowledge of the world around them!


Houston Zoo

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Houston Zoo

Nestled within the picturesque Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo remains a beloved destination for animal enthusiasts of all ages. Boasting a wide variety of animals representing various species from across the globe, this zoo is a gateway to a world of exploration and wonder. Children can witness the playful antics of gorillas and other primates, marvel at the majesty of big cats, and get enchanted by the underwater realm in the aquarium exhibits. Enjoy the new Galapagos exhibit where children can experience sharks, penguins, sea lions and giant tortoises, as well as learn about the ecosystem in the Galapagos Island! Engaging displays and keeper talks offer unique insights into animal behavior and conservation, inspiring young minds to become wildlife protectors.


Downtown Aquarium

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Downtown aquarium

Take the plunge into an aquatic wonderland at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston. This captivating destination not only offers mesmerizing underwater exhibits but also features thrilling live shows and unforgettable animal encounters. Children can interact with gentle stingrays at the Stingray Reef or witness the intelligence of small-clawed otters during feeding demonstrations. The aquarium's tigers and playful seals add an extra touch of excitement, ensuring children leave with lasting memories of these incredible creatures. After touring the aquarium, step outside of the building to enjoy some awesome rides like a Ferris wheel and carrousel. An enriching and fun experience for sure!


Bayou Wildlife Zoo

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Bayou Wildlife

If you are looking for a unique and immersive animal adventure visit Bayou Wildlife Zoo, located just outside Houston in Alvin, TX. A tram ride through natural habitats allows children to observe and interact with free-roaming animals from around the world. From feeding gentle giraffes to encountering curious emus and antelopes, this zoo provides an authentic safari experience in the heart of Texas. This hands-on encounter with diverse wildlife instills a sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty of different species.


TGR Exotics Wildlife Park

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TGR exotics

Located near Houston, TGR Exotics Wildlife Park is a hidden gem that promises an extraordinary experience with exotic animals. This sanctuary is home to a diverse collection of rescued and rehabilitated wildlife, including hyenas, sloths, reptiles and more. Kids can participate in guided tours and experience up-close encounters with some of the animals, fostering a deeper understanding of the need for conservation and animal welfare. Plan your visit and reserve your preferred tour in advance as TGR Exotics Wildlife Park has limited times and spots available.


Moody Gardens

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Moody Gardens

A short drive away from Houston, the Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX, offer two animal experiences where children can explore the marine and rainforest habitats. Visit the Aquarium Pyramid to enjoy the sighting of penguins, seals, sharks and jellyfish and other amazing sea creatures, or choose the Rainforest Pyramid to encounter exotic plants and birds, giant river otters, fascinating reptiles, and primates. Children will learn about the delicate ecosystems and enjoy interactions for a hands-on, engaging, and educational experience.


The Houston area offers an array of live animal encounters field trips, allowing children to develop a profound connection with the animal kingdom. Parents, nannies, and caregivers have the privilege of igniting a lifelong passion for animals and nature in the hearts of the children. Help inspire a generation of compassionate and environmentally conscious individuals who will cherish and protect the incredible creatures that share our planet. Get ready for a paw-some and fin-tastic adventures and make sure to visit previous posts for more live animal exhibits!

 

Comment below to tell us which field trips you're most excited about.


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