Pinke: No concrete jungle

Otter Tail zoo is a walk in the park

A baby porcupine, named Roger, hangs on Kirsti Craig of Greeley, Colo. at Trowbridge Creek Zoo, rural Vergas, Minn. Trowbridge Creek Zoo is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and offers a rural zoo setting with exotic animals. (Katie Pinke/ Agweek/ Forum News Service)

A baby porcupine, named Roger, hangs on Kirsti Craig of Greeley, Colo. at Trowbridge Creek Zoo, rural Vergas, Minn. Trowbridge Creek Zoo is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and offers a rural zoo setting with exotic animals. (Katie Pinke/ Agweek/ Forum News Service)

My husband, Nathan, and I purposefully try to choose and give experiences over "stuff" as gifts. But as the kids get older, the experiences over gifts becomes a greater challenge. We are running out of ideas and always looking for a new experience that we haven't already done to share with our kids.

This year, we found Trowbridge Creek Zoo in Otter Tail County to try in celebration of our animal-loving daughter's 10th birthday. Nathan and I both took a day off of work to celebrate with our birthday girl, our other daughter, my sister, her three kids and my brother's young boys, who were all visiting. Five of the seven kids in tow were ages 5 months to 5 years old and we hoped a rural zoo experience could entertain the kids while creating a memorable 10th birthday for our youngest daughter.

I packed a picnic lunch in a cooler and we ventured to Trowbridge Creek Zoo, near Vergas. I had driven by it a few times and my expectation was more of a petting zoo than an exotic zoo. As we drove toward our destination, my niece asked, "Will there be alligators at this zoo?" I said, "No alligators at a rural zoo in Minnesota."

We learned Trowbridge Creek Zoo is far more than a petting zoo. It's a rural destination with exotic animals in well-built, large, clean pens and clear signs to learn about each animal. My niece reminded me I was wrong about alligators when we saw two American alligators during our visit. 

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