Age has its benefits, and one of them is the annual Senior Discovery Days at the Toledo Zoo.
Each Tuesday in September and October will bring a new adventure at the zoo for senior visitors, from guided tours of Works Progress Administration (WPA)-era buildings to bingo and big band music.
In addition to the Tuesday events, each weekday senior can enjoy free parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot, special discounts, free fresh-brewed coffee and a mini-muffin in the North Star Trading Post (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and more.
On Sept. 10, the zoo and the Area Office on Aging Northwestern Ohio will present Senior Safari, a day of fun and information focused on seniors, including health screenings, exercise, safety tips and all the zoo exploration. Lunch will be provided in the Nairobi Pavilion; tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the Area Office on Aging at 419-382-0624.
Tuesday tours of WPA-era buildings, including the Museum of Science, Aviary and Reptile House, typically last 30 to 60 minutes.
September tours include:
• Sept. 3: Tour the Museum of Science and Amphitheatre, two of the Zoo’s five WPA-era buildings. Meet in the Main Plaza at 11 a.m.
• Sept. 10: Senior Safari.
• Sept. 17: Win great “ZOO-venirs” playing Bingo with a Zoo twist. Tour the African Lodge from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
• Sept. 24: Tour The Reptile House and learn about the history of the building while getting a close-up view of the zoo’s reptile collection. Meet in the Reptile House entrance at 11 a.m.
For more information and a schedule of all the activities, visit the Zoo’s website at toledozoo.org/seniors.
Caregivers who are directly responsible for assisting seniors during Senior Discovery Days and Senior Safari are eligible for free zoo admission. Pre-register with the Visitor Services Department by calling 419-389-6561. This offer only applies to professional caregivers. Regular admission rates will apply for volunteers and relatives of visiting seniors.
In September and October, the Toledo Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends in September). For more information, visit toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge on non-holiday Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.