Amish at the Zoo: Rachel and I received zoo passes from our father-in-law as a Christmas gift last year so we try to use the passes whenever we can. Cincinnati has one of the better zoos in the country. One of Aster's favorite things to do when we visit there is to ride the train which chugs through the various exhibits.
It's not uncommon to see Amish and other Plain people at the zoo, Cincinnati or elsewhere. Animals are viewed as creatures in God's kingdom and a natural, low-tech way to have an enjoyable family day together. The zoo in Fort Wayne is quite popular with the Amish as is Columbus. Cincinnati isn't one of the more obvious destinations for Amish visitors as there aren't that many communities close by (of course there are some). Of course these Amish could be from anywhere, they could just have been on there way somewhere and decided to put the Cincinnati zoo on their itinerary. Had I managed to be in line closer to them I absolutely would have introduced myself and found out where they were from but our paths never crossed.
Hey Kevin. Wishing you a great trip...as a journalist you must step up and ask for interviews or brief question or two. And if with your family you can always include them in your questioning ie. I am also here with family etc.. Most plains would be glad to speak a moment regarding the trip. We live near Shipshewana In and just yesterday it seemed as if a bicycle convention was going on. Lots of young people on road going somewhere. Soon enough we drove by a farmstead and close to 100 bikes were parked in front of the barn!! Left us up to
As to what they were enjoying on this glorious afternoon! Well on to another article. Happy trails! Pam
Linda from KY
We used to have passes to the Cincinnati Zoo until they got too spendy for our budget. My kids liked the train just like Aster does. I also enjoyed the break from all of that walking!
I've visited that zoo many, many times, but I've never seen Amish there before. It figures an Amish magnet like you would, though. 😉
You gave me a good idea for a post: most unusual places I have seen Amish people!