Newly licensed drivers find it hard to navigate the roads without holding a fistful of birdseed out the window, as everyone knows pigeons make great friends. Relive the temptations of youth with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one ticket to the African Safari Wildlife Park, a drive-thru interactive wildlife experience in Port Clinton, about 2.5 hours west of the city (up to a $17.95 value). Buy up to five more Groupons as gifts and bring along an entire flock of curious canaries or every Snow White dwarf except Sneezy and Grumpy, for obvious reasons. Children younger than 3 are admitted for free.
Despite being nowhere near Africa, the African Safari Wildlife Park simulates the feel of traversing the plains of Tanzania by providing a 2-mile drive-thru safari, plentifully stocked with exotic animals. Visitors may peer up at fan-favorite giraffes, across at the white zebras and the more expected black-and-white zebras, and up and down the ridged humps of Bactrian camels, and wonder at the African majesty of the Scottish highlander bull.
The cost of admission includes one free cup of animal food per vehicle to feed the animals as you drive through the park, a feat sure to delight everyone from small children to jaded adults. You'll also have full access to the park's walk-through trail, which may include pony and camel rides, pig races, and ever-changing animal shows (check website or call ahead to confirm availability). Whether an animal lover or an animal existence doubter, a visit to the wildlife park will provide a constant stream of delights and surprises.
The expanse of the park means visitors should plan to make a day of it; pack a picnic or enjoy the burgers, hot dogs, and other comestibles from the Mombasa Café & Grill. Be sure to bring a camera for photo ops, which can include baby animals, wee bairns clambering around the Jungle Junction play area, or giraffes developing self-awareness and subsequent insecurity over their lack of alpaca fur.
For safety and health reasons, animals should only be fed the grain provided by the park. Feed the animals at your own risk.
- We fed giraffes, zebras, buffalo, deer, etc. The animals were so much fun to be around and they weren't shy about asking for attention either. They'd come right up to your car and stick their heads right in. We had a lot of good laughs and loads of fun that day ─ littleamyshort, TripAdvisor
- This place is so fun...the animals are really active and will get into your car and really drool and spill food all over. ─ clevelandgirl, TripAdvisor
African Safari Wildlife Park
Vehicles leisurely roll across African Safari Wildlife Park's landscape, yielding to a host of friendly creatures. Camels, giraffes, zebras, forest-dwelling bongos, Asian sika deer, and Scottish highland cows await you. Guests can hold cups filled with feed, which exotic muzzles devour, and a walking area provides an up-close look at enclosed species such as the rare white alligator. Warm-weather months bring out additional activities, including animal rides, pig races, and educational animal shows where guests can interact with small animals. Food and beverages from African Safari's ice-cream shop and snack bar help sate midday hungers caused by watching a guanaco sneeze.