Animal adventures start before you even enter the zoo, as the parking lot is bustling with prairie dogs darting in every direction. Once you enter the gates to Zoo Montana, you'll have a big decision to make: do you hit the trail that loops around the zoo, or do you check out the Discovery Center first?
The Discovery Center is filled with all kinds of little creatures: turtles, snakes and Mocha, the American Mink -- to name a few. The Discovery Center also has a collection of educational materials and souvenirs. It won't matter if you visit the Discovery Center before or after your trip around the zoo -- just make sure you check it out.
The first stop on your zoo adventure is the flower gardens, which has the sights and scents of paradise. The vine-covered arbor, waterfall, wishing well and benches make this the perfect place to relax or host a wedding. Once you've taken in all the beauty of the flower garden, you'll be off to the barn, which hosts several types of animals guaranteed to thrill little ones. The peacocks will catch the attention of older zoo visitors.
As you continue to loop around the zoo, you'll see the tiger, red pandas, big horn sheep and grizzly bears, as well as their smaller neighbors like the bald eagle and the otters. Zoo Montana is not just a zoo -- it's a beautiful nature walk. Many Billings residents are members so they can enjoy walking the peaceful and scenic loop whenever they want. If Montana is on your family vacation list, don't leave until you've visited Zoo Montana -- you'll get a zoo and Montana nature experience all rolled into one!
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