Besides the fact that zoos and aquariums are basically animal prisons where humans view them as entertainment, it costs a fortune to visit them. I have a much cheaper and more humane alternative! Visit an Animal Sanctuary!
I have been fortunate enough to have several farm animal sanctuaries within driving distance of where I live in New York. I have visited the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, and the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary . The residents in these sanctuaries are rescues from factory farming hell holes. They would have been slaughtered if they were not rescued. Each animal has a story. When you visit a sanctuary, you get to see the animals in there own environment and not a cage that keeps them from doing what comes natural. You get to sit with the animals and actually interact with them. Have you ever seen animals in the zoo pacing back and forth like an robot??? That is NOT a natural thing for these animals to do!
If you follow the link below, it will take you to a list of sanctuaries around the world. So wherever you live, find a sanctuary and go visit it! I guarantee you will have fun, and maybe a new outlook on life.
List of animal sanctuaries