OMAHA ZOO And CASTLE DINNER!!! June 24 Update

2 and 3/4 hr drive, but well worth it. The most interesting and unusual stuff is indoors, so weather not an issue. Each feature is worth going. The rainforest alone, one can spend hours in. 4 levels and monkeys jumping overhead.

We can car pool at 7am and early dinner in St Joe on way back. Barbados Castle mexican restaurant. Zoo is open daily 10-4 and costs $13.50. A wonderful place!

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  • Joni D.

    ExcellentI I was surprised that some of the exhibits seemed crowded. I figured that had to be the older part of the zoo. I was expecting a much larger natural habitat.

    July 7

  • Jim H.

    It's been Fun to read all your comments...Like the way y'all communicate...nice! You ALL were a nice group of new friends to meet....Happy & safe future travels...with lots of fun.

    1 · July 6

    • Laura Lea H.

      Enjoyed meeting you… It was a great day. Thanks for being such a great tour guide.

      2 · July 6

  • JoAnne

    We are so glad to have found this group! Great fun having new places to go and meeting new friends. Look forward to many more opportunities.

    1 · July 6

  • Carolyn P

    great zoo, good fun, always nice to make new friends. Thanks Rich for planning this.

    2 · July 6

  • Gloria

    The Zoo was fun to see.....and dinner was an interesting place....thanks Rich, for organizing......:)

    3 · July 5

    • Sharon

      oops - 192 miles vs 194 miles. wrong digit

      1 · July 6

    • Linda B.

      Sharon, thanks for figuring out the miles. I think I am just happy we make it home safely. Have a great week!

      2 · July 6

  • Kimberly

    My first outing with group!
    Perfect destination and great company !
    Excited for next adventure!

    1 · July 6

  • Linda B.

    Loved the zoo which was amazing and the restaurant was unique. Thanks Rich for organizing it was lots of fun.

    2 · July 6

  • Rich R.

    Thanks brother Renjit for pix. Hope momma is feeling better. She's such a sweetheart. You are a great son to her. Wish you two all the best!

    2 · July 6

  • Juanita M.

    Rich. Im coming with my son`s and family.....we are in omaha now......may run into you guys

    1 · July 5

    • Rich R.

      I'm sorry we missed you. Hope you all had fun!

      July 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    A really fun day at the zoo and Barbosa Castles was a unique and delicious venue for dinner. Great job Rich.
    Thanks for driving Vic!

    2 · July 5

  • Vic

    It was a great trip, Rich. Thank you for organizing the event.

    2 · July 5

  • Jim H.

    Add to Walt...was nice meeting everyone. ..great fun group! Thanks Rich & everyone for letting Walt, Theresa and myself join y'all at the zoo. Will try to catch up & make a trip "south" sometime. Safe travels.

    1 · July 5

  • Walt

    Nice to meet you folks! It was a nice day @ the Zoo. Hope to join y'all again for other activities. The Hot Air Balloon Festival looks good, if my calendar is open.

    2 · July 5

  • Rich R.

    My riders are Susan and Danno. Candy and Laura Lee...first reply gets last seat.

    July 4

    • Candy T.

      I am here standing outside in the parking lot

      July 5

  • Majdy

    We'll my car is taken care of and in good shape now to role but still prefer to ride with someone if they have a space because I do not like driving. So if anyone still needs an additional rider I prefer to ride with them.

    July 4

  • Rich R.

    Everything is still a go Trippers. Thank you for your concern. Been somewhat stressed lately. Got job offer in Memphis and Boca Raton. But...I love it here in KC. I'm torn. Lets have fun in Omaha and can't wait to explore the zoo with you!!!

    2 · July 3

    • Joni D.

      Okay --- so I guess Laura is riding with you. Was waiting to hear from her, but hadn't. so am glad she has connected with you.

      1 · July 4

    • Kimberly

      Joni... maybe you & Laura need to check numbers... she was out all day & on her cell. She called me. Good info. Looking forward to my first encounter with group

      July 4

  • Rich R.

    I posted all I could post lol. The description says it all. If those can't read the trip plans and directions I don't know what else to say...everyone just read trip description. It explains it all.

    1 · July 4

  • Donna

    Wanted to go...threw my back out on Wed and was really hoping it would feel better by tomorrow...but not seeming like it's gonna happen. :( Will be making the trip in the future...hopefully the group will want to go again. :) Have fun all.

    July 4

  • Joni D.

    Am waiting on a response from Laura.

    July 4

    • Kimberly

      Laura said she was waiting to hear from joni

      July 4

    • Joni D.

      Kimberly, I have left a couple of messages for Laura, but have not heard back from her. It is now 7:45 pm. So?????

      July 4

  • Rich R.

    Open message to Susan, Candy, Laura Lee...need ride confirmation. Meet at Hyvee lot at 645 am.

    1 · July 4

    • Candy T.

      Confirmed you changed the meet time to 645 glad that I checked cause I would have shown up at 7 (previous time)

      1 · July 4

    • Kimberly

      Laura lee & i are going to carpool... does anyone else need a ride?

      July 4

  • Carolyn P

    Vic, please confirm that we are meeting at HyVee on Barry Road at 7:30 am Saturday morning, which is later than Rich's Group is meeting.

    July 4

    • Vic

      We are meeting at 7:30am.

      July 4

  • Marcia V.

    Having to cancel due to a sinus infection. I was looking forward to going, really love this zoo. Everyone enjoy and don't forget the sunscreen.

    July 4

  • Dan

    Count me in Rich! Thanks!

    July 4

  • Melody K.

    I think that once we all gather at Zona Rosa we can decide who wants to ride with whom if this sounds good to everyone.

    January 5, 2014

    • Kimberly

      this will be my first and I'm new to Kansas... WHERE is Zona Rosa?

      July 4

    • Rich R.

      Hi Kim. Zona Rosa is I-29 & Barry road...but that was just a suggestion meet place for carpool. Drivers are picking where meeting their riders. Might have a seat left and am waiting for replies from my riders. Will post asap.

      July 4

  • Rich R.

    Hey TRIPPERS. Omaha Culture Club and Omaha Baby Boomers will be joining us at zoo. Be sure introduce yourselves to each other as well as them. Bring your nametags if you gottem. I'll have for those without. Seeya in the morning DAYZOOPERS!

    1 · July 4

    • Jim H.

      We are all looking forward to meeting you Daytrippers/zoopers...wi­ll be Fun!...Happy 4th and safe travels...See ya in the morning. :)

      1 · July 4

    • Kimberly

      I NEED a name tag.... and will be coming from a bit of a distance....

      July 4

  • Dan

    Does anyone still have room? Banged up my car and should not take it on road trip.

    July 3

    • Rich R.

      I might Dan. Waiting on a rider reply.

      July 4

    • Rich R.

      I have open spot Dannno.

      July 4

  • Laura Lea H.

    My ride situation fell through… Anyone have room for another rider? I live in Olathe.

    July 1

    • Joni D.

      Laura, we are leaving from 72nd and Holmes which is in the Brookside and Waldo area. Where is a good place to meet you?

      1 · July 4

    • Rich R.

      Laura. Are you riding with us or Joni? I have another rider to take your spot if not. Thanks.

      1 · July 4

  • debbee

    I have to cancel out and I have been looking forward to this! My ACL & PCL were tweaked while at the waterpark with the grandkids and I went to the ortho surgeon yesterday...hopefully no surgery but crutches will not be fun at the zoo!

    July 4

  • Vic

    I will be driving. Room for 3.

    You are welcome to ride with me, Teddy.

    Meeting at HyVee on Barry Road just east of I-29.

    1 · June 26

    • Vic

      I have a full car. Rich may have room for one more.

      June 30

    • Brenda

      I really appreciate the offer. We think we will try to catch the Shakespeare in the Park on Saturday. We went a week ago and the performance was cancelled due to rainstorm! Why do I have such wonderful luck? I

      June 30

  • Brenda

    This was going to be a trip for all 3 of us (daughter, too) but now they both have to work on Saturday. I am so bummed. Seems like this happens way too frequently, even with advance planning.

    June 30

    • Rich R.

      Pammie cancelled if you need a car spot.

      2 · June 30

  • Just D.

    Is it too late to join in? I love the Omaha Zoo but haven't been since my adult boys were in middle school.

    June 30

  • Jim H.

    Hello to my new friends from MOKAN meetup....this article was on the internet and thought you might find it intertesting before your visit. The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, was just promoted as the "largest" zoo in the world. Safe travels...see you Saturday morning.
    Jim

    Website article...
    www.touropia.com/largest-zoos-in-the-world/

    1 · June 29

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, excellent article on the 8 Largest Zoos!
      The link did not work so you just have to do a search on "largest zoos"

      1 · June 30

  • Pam

    Have to cancel this trip, family needs me. Opens up a spot in Rich's car for a rider...

    June 30

  • Carolyn P

    Yes, if I can get a ride. Vic, do you still have room in your car?

    June 29

    • Carolyn P

      then count me in. See you saturday morning 7:30 am. Hy-Vee parking lot. Thanks!

      1 · June 29

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome! See you at 7:30

      June 29

  • Majdy

    Darn my car started acting up and having some problems. Time for to buy a newer car. I do not think I will be able to drive it on this trip. If there is still someone with room in their car I will go with them , otherwise I probably will skip this trip.

    June 29

  • Teresa

    Would love to go but would not know if I can until late this week. Have a great time!

    June 29

  • Sandy S.

    Sounds fun, but company coming from out of town. Have a great time!

    June 29

  • Merilee

    Just got back home from vacation and it appears that I will not be able to join on the trip to the Zoo... a family affair that I am told I cannot miss. I hope to get to do this another time.

    1 · June 27

  • Teddy E.

    Does anyone still need a rider? I would like to go and am afraid that I have asked for a ride too late.

    June 24

  • Jim H.

    My pleasure and thank you Rich and our new MOKAN friends. Omaha Babyboomers look forward in saying hello & joining you folks at the zoo on July 5th. It will be fun & a pleasure to start our new NE-MOKAN connection & friendships between our two meetup groups. It's all about experiencing new adventures, Fun memories and meeting new friends. Thank you for accepting our invitation to join you & would look forward to coming your way, someday. :) Jim

    3 · June 25

    • Pam

      Nice! New friends!!

      1 · June 26

  • Gloria

    I am willing to drive, my car could hold 3......

    1 · June 23

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm sorry, I just assumed you were meeting with everyone else at Zona Rosa. I would prefer to stay with the main group since Zona Rosa is closer to me than driving out to OP and back.
      I'm sure there is someone else in the OP area to take my spot.
      Thank you anyway!

      1 · June 24

    • Gloria

      ok, thanks for letting me know....:)

      June 25

  • Jim H.

    PS...with the 4th and holiday weekend , I am fairly confident there will be a small number in attendance @ the zoo from our group. ..so should not be too many "extra". Safe travels ...See you All the 5th...Jim

    2 · June 25

  • Rich R.

    How nice is this? Our Omaha tripper Jim sent some directions to me and said some of his Omaha meetup peeps will join MOKAN for our zoo day. Thanks Jim!!

    2 · June 25

  • Rich R.

    Thank you drivers for your effort. Wherever your meeting and starting from plan accordingly to be at zoo 10-10:15. Its straight up I-29. Well marked.

    June 24

  • Rich R.

    We got the castles party room for dinner. Will be around 5-6pm.

    1 · June 24

    • Candy T.

      I don't know anything about Castles but having the party room for dinner sounds fun! Rich, thanks for nabbing that room!

      1 · June 24

  • Gloria

    That will work....I now have 3 riders with me....Linda, Sharon and Leacy.....so far I think we are meeting at the parking lot at Kohl's at I35 and 95th st.....Linda, keep me posted on your recommendations of where to meet and we will go from there.....should be a fun time....:)

    June 24

    • Sharon

      perfect! Central for all of us I think.

      June 24

    • Linda B.

      If the Kohl's parking lot off of 95th and I-35 works for all 4 of us, then we can meet there.

      June 24

  • Rich R.

    Will be drawing for free zoo admittance prior to trip. One for gals one for guys. Good luck zootrippers!

    2 · June 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    r we meeting at Omaha zoo at 11:00am?? That's when us 3 r going to be at the entrance. We r the 3 spending the nite there and coming from Overland Park.

    June 23

    • Rich R.

      Hi darci. 10-10:15 am. If you arrive later just call to find us. [masked]

      June 23

  • Majdy

    Should we have a list of people who are willing to take riders and people who need a ride and pay for gas ?

    1 · June 22

    • Sharon

      I'm adding myself to the 'ride wanted/will pay for gas' list either from OP or from zona rosa.

      June 23

    • Linda B.

      To add to what I said previously, I will, of course pay for gas. I have driven to Omaha many times and have been to the zoo also.

      June 23

  • Rich R.

    Pam Susan Candy are my riders.

    1 · June 22

    • Rich R.

      Hyvee Barry road at 7am.

      June 22

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