HATTIESBURG, Miss.–If you want to see some really big tigers and at the same time take the kids to a place to learn and play, then the Hattiesburg Zoo may be the place for you. News Mississippi has reported on most every zoo in Mississippi, save the one in Hattiesburg, until now.
The zoo was started in 1950 and sits on 40 acres in Kemper Park on Hardy Street, Hattiesburg’s main drag.
You won’t see lions, bears, elephants or giraffes, but the animals the zoo does have are kept in modern, quality displays.
There are two very large tigers, which are easily observed. A jaguar, a very large alligator, birds of many varieties, including free-ranging peacocks, and a small reptile display are easily accessible.
One big selling point is the petting zoo. If you’re looking for something for the kids to do, the zoo offers at least three hour’s worth of entertainment and education.
I took my kids Friday and they both loved the carousel and the train ride. The train is $2 per person and the tracks go around the entire zoo. That may be another selling point: The zoo is very easily walked, and all the displays are under a theme (South America, Africa, etc.).
The biggest advantage is the bang for your buck. The zoo is $5 for an adult. You get free popcorn if you check in on Facebook.
Here is the link to the homepage: http://www.zoohattiesburg.com/
When I interviewed my two-year-old about his favorite part, he said “Tigers!, Choo choo!” So, there’s a qualified opinion.