Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium introduces Glacier Bay Landing

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A slice of turf at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is about to evolve: Glacier Bay Landing opens Friday.

The northern edge of the zoo has been a little neglected for a while. It's one of the older sections of the zoo, so it has lacked restrooms, food and seating for some time.

Glacier Bay changes that. It has an Alaskan coast feel so that it that ties in with the Alaskan Adventure Splashground.

The biggest improvement is probably the number of places to rest: There's now seating for more than 650 people.

There are also 10 concession windows with new menu items including a crab cake slider and Alaskan cod sandwich.

They've also added more restrooms and a shaded area for nursing moms.

Zoo Director Dennis Pate said. “It's prompted by the number of people that are spending a lot of time in this corner of the zoo with the splashground nearby, adventure trails, Meadowlark Theatre, sting ray, train station, you get the idea. There's a lot happening down here now but we didn't really have a good guest area.”

One more feature that parents are going to like is a new children's play area. The centerpiece is a lighthouse with slides accompanied by a climbing zone and various interactive elements.

Glacier Bay Landing opens Friday.

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