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Wild Ride lets you bike through Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Take a detour from your normal bike route and ride through Cleveland Metroparks Zoo instead!

4/9/2014, 11:40 a.m.

Cyclists of all ages will have two chances to cruise through the Zoo on their bikes this year when Wild Ride at the Zoo returns on Friday, May 9 and Friday, July 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Wild Ride happens after the park closes to regular visitors so cyclists have the paths to themselves. Ride maps will point out bike routes around the Zoo for beginning, intermediate and experienced riders. Guests will experience the Zoo like never before as they navigate the trails with their own pedal power, cruise by many of the outdoor animals on exhibit and visit bike-related exhibitors on the Welcome Plaza.

Don't have a way to transport your bike to the Zoo? That doesn't mean you have to miss out! You can rent a bike for the night from The Bike Rack. Your bike will be ready and waiting for you at the Zoo. Call (216) 771-7120 to reserve your ride. The number of bikes available for rent is limited.

Tickets for Wild Ride are $12 per person, with a $2 discount for Cleveland Zoological Society members. A signed release form will be required for each rider, and a helmet is strongly recommended. Advance sale tickets are available online at clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo along with printable release forms. Riders under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign and deliver the waiver.

Wild Ride at the Zoo is a rain or shine event.

Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.