My family loves visiting the Brookfield Zoo. However, the Brookfield Zoo really needs to put up a sign showing how long a child’s arm needs to be in order to pet the stingrays at the Stingray Bay exhibit. My three year old daughter wasn’t even close to being able to pet the stingrays (actually cownose rays). She was laying on her belly on the concrete landing with no luck.
Don’t get me wrong. It was still a good experience for her to be able to SEE stingrays that close, but touching them was impossible. I was able to touch two stingrays and report to my daughter that they “feel slimy”. So education was served, but I was rather disappointed that my daughter had no chance to touch the stingrays when a large portion of their marketing blitz outside the Stingray Bay is focused on petting the rays. We’re members of the zoo and it cost us 3 bucks to get in.
I’d say that kids would have to be at least four or five years old to be able to touch the stingrays. And because a fair amount of patience is required to wait for a ray to come your way amongst the large crowd around the tank, it’s probably better suited for kids a minimum age of 9 or 10.
Separate admission fee applies:
$4 Adults (non-members)
$2 Seniors 65 and over (non-members)
$2 Children 3 to 11 (non-members)
$2 Adults (members)
$1 Seniors 65 and over (members)
$1 Children 3 to 11 (members)
FREE for children under 3