Did you know the park has animals? Has had for as long as I can remember. It's not a petting zoo, it's a sort of grazing herders zoo. My pops used to take me when I was a little girl and it hasn't changed much.
If you're grown, but without serious responsibilities (like us) the High Park Zoo it's a nice little detour to take during a more expansive day or park exploration. If you have kids, it's a great outing in and of itself.
In fact, the High Park Zoo is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. It's free. It's small. It's impressive without being scary. It's open all year long from 7 a.m. until it dusk. It features bison, deer, llamas, peacocks, highland cattle, emu, etc. It's just enough to excite a little one without leaving him or her exhausted, like the regular zoo would. And did I mention it's free? (Parking in the park is free too, fyi.)
"He not going to eat us?"
She was so matter-of-fact. There was no panic in her voice, just curiosity. It was like she expected to be eaten. By a cow. That's what she'd been told about the zoo. The animals would be eating her before the day was out.
It was adorable. I laughed all the way to the car.
The High Park Zoo. Check it out.
* Images from the High Park Organization (www.highpark.org) website.