Family Friendly Hotel near Reid Park Zoo
You’ve really got the best of both worlds as a guest here at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa: a tranquil luxury oasis in the foothills of the Santa Catalinas that’s within easy reach of the many diverse attractions of the Tucson metropolitan area.
A case in point is Reid Park Zoo, which has dazzled Tucsonans and out-of-town visitors alike with its wide-ranging menagerie since the 1960s. Even as you enjoy the poolside sundeck, spa treatments, golfing, tennis courts, on-site dining, and more here in the Westin La Paloma pleasure-ground, you’re but a mere 10 miles or so from this highly regarded downtown family destination!
Bearded Dragons to Malayan Tigers: The International Denizens of Reid Park Zoo
A remarkable plethora of beasts and birds from all across the globe thrive in the desert air at Reid Park Zoo. Stare down a bearded dragon from Australia, a lion-tailed macaque from India, an Andean (or spectacled) bear from South America, or a ring-tailed or ruffed lemur from the island of Madagascar. The zoo harbors representatives from all along the size spectrum: from poison dark frogs and exotic cockroaches to white rhinos and African elephants.
In short, a stroll through the Reid Park Zoo is like an honest-to-goodness global safari. Be sure to swing by the Flight Connection Aviary, as well, host to a similarly far-flung assortment of feathered residents.
From jaunts on the Zoo Train and the Cox Wildlife Carousel to camel rides and up-close meet-and-greets with the zoo’s giraffes, the Reid Park Zoo promises all-day and all-age fun for families. Alongside daily offerings such as trainer demos, the zoo hosts regular special events as well.
Reid Park Zoo’s September Calendar: “Caturday Saturdays”
This month, meanwhile, weekends skew toward the feline end of the spectrum with Caturday Saturdays, which runs through September 30. These Saturday mornings put the spotlight on the zoo’s resident big cats—lions, tigers, and jaguars—as well as the unrelated but ridiculously charismatic meerkats through zookeeper presentations, arts-and-crafts, and other happenings.
Fraternize With Fauna at the Reid Park Zoo
Whether you’re coming for Caturday Saturday or some other special occasion, or simply taking a leisurely perambulation among all the eye-catching critters, the Reid Park Zoo makes a fine daytrip destination from the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.