Traveling With Kids During A Pandemic: Franklin Drive Thru Safari

Welcome to our first Into The Out Adventure series.

Each week I will share an adventure I take with my kids in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This weekend we went to Franklin Drive Thru Safari.

Its about 3.5 hours from San Antonio, Texas.

Here is my Into The Out Checklist!

COVID-19 Risk Level: Low! You stay in your car with your own family. Bring wipes because the animals will slime your hands and your car. They also tried to keep any baby animal feeding attractions separated by families.

Cost: $$$ for four of us to go, admission was $60 ($15 each) and the food to feed the animals was $12. I would strongly suggest getting more food!

Time: 2 Hours to drive the Safari, 7 hours driving time from San Antonio (we got a hotel room).

Engagement & Excitement: 10 Stars! This worked out great for everyone. On this trip I had my 16, 14, and 9 year old with me. We were all excited and we all had an amazing time. It was amazing to see their organic smiles and hear their laughter in the midst of everything.

What We Didn’t Do: We did not feed the Giraffes because their feeding spot was too crowded. To keep with social distancing and to keep this adventure low risk, we skipped feeding giraffes and the gift shop.

What made it better: Being there shortly after they opened helped a ton. They opened at 9 am and we pulled up at 9:40. This was perfect because we did not have to wait with the before 9/ at 9 sharp group. We were in line for less than 10 minutes. I already planned to be in line for 45 min and prepared my kids for that wait by stopping right before we got there so they could use the restroom and stretch.

What I Wish I Knew Before: I wish we visited the Giraffes before it got crowded and then did the drive thru. I also wish we purchased more food. We were so excited to feed them that we went through 2/3 before we were even half way finished.

What Made All The Difference: Reaching out to Franklin Drive Thru Safari the day before to make sure I had the most up to date information. Things are changing quickly and information posted just last week could be wrong.

Do We Plan To Visit Again: Absolutely.

Remember, everyone is experiencing this differently. Be kind. Don’t Judge. Be as safe as you can for you, your family and your community. Try different low risk adventures your kids can remember more than the restrictions of COVID-19. Do your best to provide opportunities of hope for your family. Teach your kids to be nimble and understanding.

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