Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Wins ‘Best Animal Encounter’ at 2022 Parent Choice Awards


The annual Northeast Ohio Parents’ Choice Awards seek to gather the opinions of local parents on all things family-friendly in the area. Our online readers and subscribers voted for their favorite businesses, attractions, family services and more.

Here are the winner and runners-up for “Best encounter with animals” Category.

Click here to see the winners and runners-up in all 30 categories.

Photo credit: Kyle Lanzer/Cleveland Metroparks

Winner: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a 183-acre zoo divided into several zones: Australian Adventure; African savannah; Northern Wilderness Trek, The Primate, Cat & Aquatics Building, Waterfowl Lake, The RainForest and Asian Highlands. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has one of the largest collections of primates in North America. The zoo has 3,000 resident animals representing over 600 different species.
3900 Wildlife Road, Cleveland
216-661-6500
www.clevelandmetroparks.com

Finalists:

Akron Zoo
There are seven exhibits to explore: meet big cats in Legends of the Wild, listen to the roar of bears at Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge, marvel at the beauty of hundreds of plants and flowers at Lehner Family Zoo Gardens, visit owls at the Wild Prairie, come face-to-face with the world’s largest lizard in the Kingdom of Komodo, take a look at the adorable penguins at Penguin Point and get up close to different creatures at Curious Creatures.
500 Edgewood Ave, Akron
330-375-2550
akronzoo.org

Metroparks Lake Farm Park
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is a working farm and educational center in Kirtland, Ohio. Opened in 1990, the farm is set on 235 acres with fields, gardens and standard farm buildings, devoted to agriculture and ranching. Farmpark features dairy cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, rabbits, horses, alpacas and goats, a plant science center, farm machinery exhibits, a playground and more. Horse-drawn carriages or tractors take visitors to all of the park’s destinations.
8800 Euclid Thistle Road, Kirtland
440-256-2122
lacmetroparcs.com

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