It seems like just yesterday I was pushing a stroller around at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Those days are long gone, but my girls still love to feed the giraffes and wander through the grounds at this zoo, which is about a 20-minute drive east from Pensacola Beach. You can see lions, goats, camels, gorillas and many other animals. This month, October 21-22 and 28-29, the Gulf Breeze Zoo hosts its annual Boo at the Zoo celebration. Guests are encouraged to wear non-scary, family-friendly costumes, and kids will enjoy collecting candy along the trick-or-treat trail manned by local vendors throughout the zoo grounds. The zoo is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in the fall. Tickets for Boo at the Zoo are $15, with children under age 2 free (This represents a small savings over regular admission prices). Annual pass holders, military and large groups may be eligible for reduced rates.
In Perdido Key, Dolphin Tales offers a $10 dolphin cruise aboard their 40-ft. boat, The Explorer. Online booking is required. Also, check the website for the most up-to-date schedule and pricing.
2. Enjoy a sweet treat.
What girl doesn’t love ice cream and cupcakes? Pay a visit to Hershey’s Ice Cream Parlor & Café, located in Sorrento Plaza near Perdido Key, and you will feel like you have stepped into an old fashioned soda fountain. With black and white checkerboard floors and shiny red booths, this retro-style eatery offers a large variety of ice cream flavors and toppings, as well as candies and other foods.
If it’s cupcakes you and your girl are craving, try Smallcakes: Cupcakery & Creamery. This east Pensacola spot features a regular selection of cupcake flavors like birthday cake, strawberry and red velvet, as well as specialty flavors that change each month. Ice cream is available here, too. Smallcakes hosts special events from time to time, such as hosting Moana and Maui, characters inspired by Disney’s “Moana,” who greeted visitors in the store recently. Visit the store on Facebook for upcoming events.
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