Family Fun at Pymatuning Deer Park
For over 65 years, generations of families have enjoyed a summer pilgrimage to the Pymatuning Deer Park. This small family owned and operated zoo is located at 804 East Jamestown Rd in Jamestown Pa. The quiet setting affords the opportunity to hear the cries of the peacocks as they strut their tail feathers and welcome you into the preserve.
Open 7 days a week in the summer months until Labor Day from 10 am until 6 pm on weekdays and 10 am until 5 pm on weekends. After Labor Day they are open on the weekends until the end of September from 10 am until 5 pm. The entrance fee to get into Deer Park is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (ages 65+), $8 for children (2-12) and kids under 2 are free. There are some added expenses to get the full park experience, but I will cover them a little later. The main added expense, however, is animal food, which can be purchased for just a dollar. As soon as you walk through the gates, you will be greeted by the herd of deer who seem to know if you sprung for the buck to give them a treat. They love those crackers and even a pat on the head as they gobble them up. The deer are very gentle yet persistent in their requests for snacks, so don’t be surprised if you end up going back for another pack of the animal food for later in the park.
Situated here and there are also “gumball” machines which for a quarter dispense feed corn, another animal favorite. So don’t worry you will not leave anyone out! As you stroll along the asphalt pathways you will have the opportunity to see many wild animals found in the Pennsylvania forests such as deer and a black bear named Bosco. You will also have the chance to see exotic animals like tigers and zebras. Perhaps the best part, however, is the petting zoo where mini horses, donkeys, and goats bid for your attention and of course, snacks.
A kid favorite has always been the pony rides where children under 100 pounds have the chance to ride on a short out and back trail through the shady trees. The pony rides are a $3 add on, but the smiles on their faces will be worth every penny. The trails through the park are almost all ADA accessible, however, there are a few spots that the slope is steep and wheelchair assistance will be required. It will take you at least an hour to make it through the park at a semi-leisurely pace with over 250 birds and animals to see. Another favorite of many is the train ride. For $3 a ticket, the entire clan, kids and adults alike can take a ride together. The train affords views of the animals you will not get from the pathways as it meanders through the park. It is a fantastic way to see some of the more elusive animals.
The Budgie Barn is a totally immersive experience and a must for any bird lover. A $2 admission fee allows you to enter the inside with the parakeets and an extra $1 will give you a birdseed stick that they absolutely love. The birds will actually land on your hands and arms to get their treats so be aware of what you are getting into, but it is a very cool experience. If you love animals, and maybe plan to come more than 3 times in one season, a great way to save some money is to purchase a season pass. Be sure to ask about them at the gate. Once you have finished your tour, there is a wonderful gift shop located at the exit. A souvenir for everyone is sure to be found. If you are a little hungry after feeding all those animals then be sure to visit the concession stand for a few human treats.
For more information please visit the Pymatuning Deer Park webpage at www.pymatuningdeerpark.com
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