When I was a kid, there was a thing at a local church during the summer, called Kids Ahoy, where they would take the kids on day outings to such places as Emerald Point, putt-putting, The Lazy Five ranch, etc. I couldn't remember if I had gone to the Lazy Five with them or just heard about it, but a lady at work was talking about it one day and knowing how much Wade and his family love animals, I figured it'd be a perfect Saturday event.
If you've never heard of the Lazy Five ranch, here's a little break down of it: Basically it's a 3.5 mile drive thru zoo with over 750 animals from all over the world. It's located in Mooresville, NC. Click here to visit their website and learn more. You can choose to drive thru in your car or reserve seats on a wagon pulled by horses. You pay for your buckets of feed and can feed the animals as you drive thru. There's also a petting zoo where you can walk around and feed some of those animals.
This is an event that's fun for EVERYONE of all ages. We had such a blast that we plan on going back soon. Here's a couple of things that we're going to do differently this time:
-Bring a picnic lunch. They host birthday parties there all the time and have plenty of tables and what not for you to have lunch.
-Take an old pick up truck. We made the decision last time to drive thru in Cindy's car. Bad choice. The animals literally come running for food and will attack your car. The food got spilled all in the floor and seats. The wagon would have been a smart idea, but seeings how it's usually filled with small children that would most likely aggravate us, we saw a better solution to our problem. There were several old pick up trucks with people sitting in the bed of the truck feeding the animals from there.
There's tons of crazy animals and this was such a fun experience. I highly recommend you take your kids or even yourselves if you don't have kids. Here's a few of the pictures from our trip.