When we visited Lake Tobias Wildlife Park this spring, what started out as a way to break up a road trip to Elysburg, PA turned into a great adventure on its own. I asked my parents, who are originally from Pennsylvania, to recommended a place to stop on our drive from central Maryland to Knoebel’s Amusement Resort. They suggested this zoo which they had visited many years ago.
Because my parents’ recommendation was at least 20 years old, we arrived at the wildlife park with modest expectations, hoping for a space to stretch our legs and clean restrooms. We figure that if we didn’t like the park, the $6 admission fee per person wasn’t a huge risk to take. What we found was a lovely small zoo, with lots of room to roam, located in rural Halifax, PA. There was plenty of free parking, the staff was very friendly and during our weekday visit there were no crowds. For the small admission fee, our family enjoyed wandering through the animal exhibits, seeing a short (and air-conditioned!) reptile show, petting some goats and trying out three different playgrounds. The biggest excitement of the visit was when a goat decided to nibble on my skirt! Because we did not plan to stay long, we decided not to pay the additional $6 to take the open air Safari Tour. This also gave us the perfect excuse to come back again next year.
If you visit the park, I recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, bringing sunscreen and a camera. At the park there is a small concession stand where you can get food and drinks, but I suggest packing a picnic and enjoying it alongside their small lake, complete with swans and shade trees. Most importantly, bring along some extra quarters to buy animal feed – those goats are hungry!