Hogle Zoo is the largest zoo in Utah and can be found on the eastern side of Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. The zoo opened at its current site near the mouth of Emigration Canyon in 1931, thanks in part to Mr. And Mrs. James A. Hogle, who donated 42 acres of land. Various renovations and additions over time have served to give the Hogle Zoo a relatively modern appeal, and today, it figures among the Utah capital's main tourist attractions, especially if you are traveling with children on your vacation. In 2009 alone, more than 1 million people passed through the gates! Hogle Zoo discounts are relatively easy to come by if you are planning on adding to the visitor count in the near future, and the regular rates are reasonable should you end up paying full price.
There are more than 1,000 animals at Hogle Zoo Utah, and they represent some 250 different species from around the world. As you roam the ample zoo grounds, animals that you can expect to see include tigers, giraffes, iguanas, bat eared foxes, zebras, elephants, orangutans, and rhinos. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the animals at Hogle Zoo Utah, and for anyone seeking a bit more information, signs are in place to describe the numerous creatures and their countries of origin. It should be noted that the best time to see the animals at the Hogle Zoo is during the cooler season. If your Salt Lake City vacation falls during the warmer summer months, visiting the zoo during the coolest part of the day is recommended as the weather can get quite hot in Salt Lake City during the summer.
In addition to checking out all the fascinating animals at Hogle Zoo Utah, visitors can also admire the exotic plants and the tropical gardens in the attractive solarium. Doing some shopping at the unique shops and breaking for something to eat at one of the casual dining establishments are also options for things to do during a visit to this inviting zoo. Depending on when you visit Hogle Zoo, seeing a bird show or taking a ride on the miniature train are also options for things to do, and it doesn't cost much to take a ride on the Conservation Carousel. Summer is the season for the bird shows, and as long as it's not raining or snowing, the miniature steam train makes numerous loops around the zoo's eastern end.
The Hogle Zoo is open daily, save for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between March and November, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. the rest of the year. Hours can vary when special events, such as the holiday season Zoo Lights celebrations, are going on. If you are hoping to secure Hogle Zoo discounts, you can save a little money by purchasing a ticket package at the gate that includes zoo admission and discounted rides on the train and carousel. The Hogle Zoo offers discount coupons from time to time, which is also keeping in mind, and groups of twenty or more can expect discounted rates regardless of when they visit.