From Columbus to Kansas City, explore the exotic in these six Midwest sanctuaries.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. • When you enter the Nashville Zoo, with its piped-in animals sounds, tribal music, lush foliage and rope-lined boardwalk, you almost get the feeling that you are about to visit a remote village, or maybe something more along the lines of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
OMAHA, Neb. • The cliché is that Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium has everything from aardvarks to zebras. It does have zebras (of course), and it does have aardvarks, and if you’ve never seen an aardvark you really should because those things are totally bizarre.
CHICAGO • In Chicago, you have the choice between two zoos: the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Brookfield Zoo. The Lincoln Park zoo is quite small by our zoo’s standards, but near Lake Michigan and with an intimate urban vibe. The Brookfield Zoo is massive, with elaborate exhibits, but it’s about 14 miles from downtown.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. • In downtown Memphis, the 321-foot-tall Pyramid stands as a shining tribute to the city’s namesake of Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt. Just across town, there’s another tribute — at the Memphis Zoo.