Akron Zoo Reaches New Heights with Grizzly Ridge Exhibit

We finally got a chance this week to use our Akron Zoo membership as a family and view the newest exhibit at Summit County’s no. 1 tourist attraction. We definitely could not get enough of Mike and Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge!

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From the tall, wooden bear at the entrance to the adorable, fuzzy grizzly bear that splashed around in his habitat, my children were totally thrilled. They kept making sure we still were at “our” zoo!

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I, personally, never had such a close encounter with grizzly bears and felt like a kid again as I quickly snapped photos.

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That child-like feeling remained as I chose to slide down the clear tube that runs right through the river otter exhibit. My girls loved the experience, especially because an otter swam right over top of them while they slid down. My son could have stood watching the otters for hours!

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Kudos to Akron Zoo for offering the community such a wonderful new experience and at a level where a breathtaking view of the city also can be observed. We truly enjoyed every aspect of Akron Zoo’s Grizzly Ridge.

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In addition to grizzly bears, the exhibit features red wolves, coyote, a walk through aviary and bald eagles.

grizzly ridge eagle

I encourage everyone to check out the new exhibit! I know you will be just as amazed as we were! If you have already experienced Grizzly Ridge, let me know what you thought?

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Emily, a freelance journalist, is the proud mom of five children, ages 4 to 12. She and her husband have been married 14 years, moving to the Akron area for employment 11 years ago. Although both originally from Pennsylvania, the couple fell in love with Ohio and are proud to call the state “home.” Emily and her family – also including a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel pup and a Holland Lop bunny – now reside in the Hartville area. She and her family love going on adventures, game nights, reading together and exploring and playing in their big backyard. Emily likes lending a hand at her church and children’s school. She enjoys family time, Bible studies, bargain shopping, trying new recipes, exercising and beach vacations!
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