Under the category of "local places I want to visit but haven't gotten around to visiting", I got the incentive I needed to head to Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY: free admission for moms on Mother's Day. This is a destination I have heard many good things about but wanted to experience for myself so my husband, son and I headed there yesterday to see what all the hoopla is about.

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It's certainly easy to get to, just a few miles off of I-88, east of Binghamton. Even though there are virtually no signs for Animal Adventure Park until you are almost there, it was easy enough to find through Google Maps.

Being in the middle of nowhere has its advantages because there's plenty of parking and this family fun destination is much bigger than I expected. I was quite surprised at the number and variety of animals and birds they have there. Add to that, I found it very clean, including the animal enclosures. I can only imagine the amount of work it takes to just keep it all clean! For what I experienced, I thought that the prices were reasonable at $16 for adults.

What's the best part of Animal Adventure Park? There's no doubt that feeding the animals is the most fun since most "zoo" type places don't allow that. Let me just say that ALL the critters at this park are VERY well fed. My favorite animal to feed was hands-down the giraffes.

Check out some of my pics below from my visit there...

Leslie Ann feeding a giraffe - TSM Oneonta
"Holy big, blue tongue Batman!" TSM Oneonta
My son feeding a cute critter - TSM Oneonta
Leslie Ann with a bronze statue of April the Giraffe - TSM Oneonta
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a Cockatoo that really likes to hear itself - TSM Oneonta
Nothing says "Awwww" quite like a kangaroo joey tucked safely in its mama's pouch - TSM Oneonta
"Whats up? Got any more carrots?" - TSM Oneonta
Peacock - TSM Oneonta
Hyena - TSM Oneonta
Zebras - TSM Oneonta
Have you ever wondered if zebras are white with black stripes or black with white stripes? The answer is black with white stripes.
Although this Warthog may not win any beauty contests, it sure has impressive and dangerous looking tusks! Do you think it would let me braid its hair? - TSM Oneonta
This is a nice spot to hang out. Too bad I left my hammock at home - TSM Oneonta
"Yakity yak, don't talk back!" - TSM Oneonta
Capibaras just hanging out and looking cute and ps., they always look like their eyes are closed - TSM Oneonta
"Aren't we pretty?" - TSM Oneonta
My dog sleeps just like this Artic Wolf but it's probably a bad idea to rub this guy's belly- TSM Oneonta
The adventure is not complete without a mass of playful goats and their kids! - TSM Oneonta

Needless to say, it was a very fun way to spend a couple of hours with my family. If you've never been and are an animal lover, then Animal Adventure Park is a must-visit. For more information about them visit theanimaladventurepark.com.

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