Before zoos, the only way for people to view elephants up close was to windsurf to Africa and masquerade themselves as peanuts. Experience a less laborious pachyderm encounter with today's Groupon: for $70, you get a family season pass for two adults and up to three children 18 years old and younger to Bowmanville Zoo in Bowmanville (a $140 value). The zoo's season lasts through Thanksgiving, and children younger than 3 are admitted free.
Bowmanville Zoo's privately owned menagerie delights its visitors with more than 300 creatures, intimate animal encounters, and animal performances. Visitors wander through an array of engaging exhibits, gazing at lemurs, scrutinizing baboons, and swapping cheesecake recipes with parrots. Hang out at the reptile house, or embark on Expedition Predator, an educational journey in which adventurers pile into trams and marvel at a rotating lineup of carnivores, including African lions, Asian tigers, and South American jaguars. Zoo-goers can see animal actors such as the white bengal tiger from the TV series Animorphs or can saddle up on elephants and camels during animal rides ($4/person, not covered by this Groupon). A 400-seat indoor animal theatre showcases creature-based cabarets, and the Wild Woods allows visitors to witness predatory species from raised catwalks. Kids can cool off under fountains at the Splash Bash or recreate historical primate summits at the playground.
Originally founded in 1919 as Bowmanville Zoological Park as a small recreational resort with a swimming pool, cottages, tennis courts, and a small petting zoo. Renamed Bowmanville Zoo in 1964 and under new ownership since 1988, the zoo now hosts more than 300 animals roaming 42 acres of parkland, including birds, reptiles, mammals, and large felines. Throughout the week, guests have the opportunity to watch zoo keepers feed the animals, watch live animal presentations in the Animatheatre, or take in attractions such as Splash Bash and horse-drawn carriages.