Maybe it's the way the giraffes are fed so that they're right in front of you, tongues working away to grab a nibble. Or the envy one feels when one watches the polar bears swimming around in their refrigerated pool. Or walking around through the double-doored aviaries where kids (and their parents) can be in with the birds. Or the wide variety of animals and the modern enclosures in the South American exhibit. Whatever the reason, it's undeniable: The Reid Park Zoo is fun. There are lots of information placards about the animals, and some of them are even interactive. With four different areas--South American, African, Asian and the "Adaption Zone"--the zoo is well laid out and easy to navigate. It provides an exciting and educational outing for the entire family.
2. Golf 'n' Stuff, 6503 E. Tanque Verde Road, 885-3569, www.golfnstuff.com
3. Funtasticks Family Fun Park, 221 E. Wetmore Road, 888-4653, www.zumafuncenters.com/tucson/home.html
Vote of note: "When George W. Bush visits"