El Paso Zoo
It comes as no surprise for many that this year’s winner is the El Paso Zoo, which topped the What’s Up’s “Best Place to Take the Kiddos” category in 2010 and 2011. Of course, there’s the fauna, such as the California sea lion, Mexican burro, Asian elephants and African giraffes. But other than animal and conservation education are many options of entertainment, including the African star train, water play area, annual elephant festival and the newly installed Foster Tree House Playground. Even the zoo’s staff seems to enjoy themselves and we all know, if the staff is having fun (see their “Call me Maybe” video on YouTube), the guests are bound to have fun too. 4001 E. Paisano Dr., 915 521-1850; elpasozoo.org.