You could not have asked for a more perfect day of weather for last night’s Wild Ride at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. With a clear blue sky and temperatures in the low 70’s bicyclists came in droves to ride the pathways of the Zoo.
There were various organizations represented as well. Old Brooklyn’s Pedal for Prizes had a booth promoting their upcoming May 18th ride, as well as Bike Cleveland selling shirts and telling about all the great upcoming bicycling events coming to the Cleveland area. Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park was there to rent bikes to those who did not have one. University Hospitals had all sorts of freebees to give out and Honest Tea was giving out full bottle and kid pouch samples of their tea (for adults) and fruit drinks (for kids) to all the thirsty riders.
With the fine weather, all of the animals were out in their outdoor zoo habitats in full view of bikers. There was all manner of pedal and wheel transportation. Unicycles, bicycles of all descriptions (mountain, racing and ultra-lights), family set ups with one or two seat and pedal extensions, bikes with bicycle trailers attached for the young children, old bikes, new bikes and ultra-modern bikes all wheeled their way around the terrain of the Zoo. At the entrance of the Zoo, there were full size costumed zoo critters for the youngsters to high-five and hug.
In case you were unable to attend this particular Wild Ride, don’t fret. Due to the popularity of this event there is another one planned for Friday, August 16, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mark your calendars and plan to bring the bikes and family. Wild ride is a great way to travel in your Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Tickets for Wild Ride are $12 per person, with a $2 discount for Cleveland Zoological Society members. A signed release form will be required for each rider, and a helmet is strongly recommended. Advance sale tickets are available for the August 16 event online at clemetzoo.com along with printable release forms. Riders under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign and deliver the waiver to be admitted.
Wild Ride at the Zoo is a rain or shine event.
Northeast Ohio’s most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular daily admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
For more information, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.