Colorado – Day 5 – Denver Zoo & Wings Over The Rockies

Today started off with us visiting the Denver Zoo. The Denver Zoo has over 3500 animals spanning 550 species on 80 acres of land. It was neat petting the manta rays, which I hadn’t done since I was a kid. I was a bit skittish because I didn’t want to get stung. Other highlights included watching the elephants play, and the various monkeys getting into fights. For only $20 USD this zoo is quite the bargain!

After the zoo we had some salad at a vegetarian restaurant called Chop Shop. Following lunch we went to Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum. The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is located on the former Lowry Air Force Base. The museum was opened in 1994 and features a collection of 50 military / civilian aircraft from 1939 to 1990.

We then explored downtown by driving around for a bit, however we didn’t get out to do anything. We originally were going to go to this indoor Neon Light exhibit, however we changed our mind when we saw parking was a bit of a nightmare. We then drove to the satellite Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum location, however they were closing earlier than their posted time on Google, so we decided that we would come back tomorrow. On our way back to the hotel we stopped in at Brothers BBQ for dinner and had some brisket and burnt ends. Once we got back to the hotel we watched Border Security on television and chatted until it was time to go to bed.

Singapore Zoo

Today was dedicated to visiting the Singapore Zoo, and the Night Safari, which is located next door to the zoo. We woke up around 9am, and went in search of breakfast. We found a bunch of restaurants on floor B2 inside the Jewel and settled on some Laksa Soup for breakfast. After having our soup, we boarded a 1 hour bus ride towards the zoo, where we then had to switch to the dedicated zoo bus, which only cost $1, and was not covered under our tourist pass.

The Singapore Zoo was opened in 1973 on 69 acres of land. The zoo consists of 2530 animals over 315 species, of which 16 are considered to be a threatened species. This zoo is considered one of the best zoo’s in the world, of which I would agree. Highlights for me included the White Tiger, Pygmy Hippo, Orangutans, and the Hamadryas Baboon’s, who were hilarious because they were always getting into fights.

After exploring the zoo, we walked across the street to the Night Safari, which has a tram and four walking paths to watch nocturnal animals. We found the Night Safari experience to be rather underwhelming, however we were fairly tired, so that may have contributed to that feeling.

After exploring the Night Safari, we took the buses back to our hotel and went to bed at around 10pm, as we had an early morning flight the following morning to Denpasar, Indonesia.