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Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby RCjunkie » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:17 am

coasterbill wrote:If you have the time I highly recommend popping in if you're in the area. Not only is there a credit (for the whores among us) but it's a really nice little zoo and it's a great place to kill a few hours for free.


You are correct, the 'little zoo that could' and worth the visit. Knowing your love of animals from your earlier trip reports I was excited for you when you mentioned at VF that you and Brit were going to try and hit at least one of the zoo's if possible and now I see you got to both of them so congratulations. I visit both zoo's at least once a year and enjoy both of them so now I am curious to see what you think of the Minnesota Zoo and what your liked or didn't there. So put down your morning beer and start cranking out that trip report! And as far as the credit whoring on Tiger Trax I am going to call you a 'Credit Slut' (not that there is anything wrong with that), because even I have never been on it and I live here. :lol:

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:16 am

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Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby Philrad71 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:53 pm

Great update, Bill...I needed a good laugh today. Was dying at the Tiger Trax review and Confucius Monkey! :lol:
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:15 pm

Your Tiger Trax writeup gave me a good laugh. Spot on.

Glad you enjoyed the zoo; I thought it was good for what it was. Nice place to spend a couple hours for next to no money. They had some good food in their cafe too; pretty much Panera quality.
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Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby coasterbill » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:57 am

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Your Tiger Trax writeup gave me a good laugh. Spot on.

Glad you enjoyed the zoo; I thought it was good for what it was. Nice place to spend a couple hours for next to no money. They had some good food in their cafe too; pretty much Panera quality.


Thanks! Yeah we really liked the place. The only problem with it being a free zoo is the free-zoo-clientele where people just use the place as a babysitter. That's not really the zoo's fault though.

Philrad71 wrote:Great update, Bill...I needed a good laugh today. Was dying at the Tiger Trax review and Confucius Monkey! :lol:


Thanks. Glad to hear it!

RCjunkie wrote:And as far as the credit whoring on Tiger Trax I am going to call you a 'Credit Slut' (not that there is anything wrong with that), because even I have never been on it and I live here. :lol:


Hey, not everyone can handle the fury of the tiger.

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! Did that beast of a coaster dehtrone Millennium Force? :lol:


Millennium what?

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Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby hoppedup » Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:59 am

Nice report!

Have you guys ever been to the NC Zoo? I highly recommend it if you haven't. It's not far out of the way if traveling between KD/BGW and Carowinds. They currently have two continents represented: Africa and North America. Construction begins in 2020 on the Asia and Australia exhibits for a planned 2022 completion. There are polar bears.

Right here in Greensboro, NC we also have a science center with a small zoo and aquarium that has tigers, maned wolves and red pandas. Just a few miles off I-85. http://www.greensboroscience.org/
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Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby TBpony414 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:07 pm

Hey Bill are you ever going to do some updates to this epic thread? I know from FB you've been all over the place since this was last updated and would love some details on everything! Pretty please and thank you. :evil:

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Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby coasterbill » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:48 pm

:lol: I know, I know... it's getting a little ridiculous. I'll have something soon. This is an impressive level of procrastination even for me.

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Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby coasterbill » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:28 am

I actually wrote a quick Minnesota Zoo trip report! This is not an April Fools joke. :lol:

About a f*cking year ago now (sorry, lol) we decided to leave the Como zoo and spend the rest of the day at the much larger Minnesota zoo. While it was objectively a step up from Como Zoo (despite the lack of a white knuckle thrill ride to compete with Tiger Trax) I actually think that both zoos have their pros and cons and I highly suggest visiting both (which can easily be done in one day).

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There was only one beer vendor in the entire zoo that was actually open but don't panic everyone... I found him.

The Minnesota zoo is sort of a mixed bag. Much of the zoo is a relic of the 70's that sort of gives the impression that it hasn't been updated since the day it opened. The buildings are all sort of that soulless 70's style that the world wants to forget and there's a random monorail that looks like it hasn't moved in a decade. Basically it's like all the bad parts of Epcot's Future World with less beer vendors and no cool rides. The monorail runs with just about the same frequency though...

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The bear was very photogenic

On the flip-side, there are a few areas near the front that we absolutely loved. They had a very nice marine animal area right up front with some giant shark and dolphin pools. They had a dolphin show but we didn't have a chance to catch it.

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Jellyfish are always awesome looking

I think our favorite part of the zoo was the massive building housing the tropics trail and Minnesota trail. The building is massive and you can honestly spend a few hours in there and be perfectly happy with life.

Many zoos have sections focusing on local animals, but that was a much more intriguing concept in a state that actually has some cool sh*t and not just deer and giant subway rats.

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... like this Lynx

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And this beaver (okay, technically we have beavers in NY but you never see them. Especially not if you're a coaster enthusiast).

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And uh...

... yeah, actually I'm glad we don't have these in New York. If I were on my way to get coffee and saw that I'd probably shit myself.

This sounds super stupid, but I think my favorite part of the Minnesota zoo was the racoon. Obviously we have raccoons at home, but since they're nocturnal you never really see them and if you do there's always a concern of rabies so you keep your distance anyway. They have an area where they adjust the lighting so that it appears to be nighttime when the zoo is open and daytime when they're closed so it was cool to watch one that was super active and f*cking around with a pile of wood for no apparent reason. I don't have any pictures since he wouldn't stay still, but I have some pictures of this (much less insane) fox that shared the enclosure.

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I think it's a fox... it's been a year. I could be wrong. lol

Tropics trail was super cool too with tons of rare animals and really nice theming.
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Behold... the "Titi monkey".

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Look at all that titi goodness...

The highlight of the trail is probably the red panda, which isn't something you get to see all that often. Aside from being cool and rare, it was also as adorable as advertised.

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Red pandas!

Overall we had a great time at the zoo. There are some really great things there and whole it could use a bit of a refresh in other areas it's a great place to spend a few hours and I highly recommend it if you're in the area with some free time.

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Re: Coasterbill's Alcohol, Coaster and Culture Trip Reports

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:57 am

coasterbill wrote:okay, technically we have beavers in NY but you never see them. Especially not if you're a coaster enthusiast).

:lmao: Savage.

MN Zoo was cut from our recent trip there due to too many things to do in the area and already wanting to go to Como. Looks great and is definitely a priority next time we're there (and we will be back, MN is awesome).
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