One of the best places to take photos is at a pet store. There can be a great variety of subjects and photo opportunities. I wouldn't lug in a big camera and tripod, but a compact or a good phone camera can make for great results.
There is an awesome pet store north of Lancaster, PA called "That Fish Place." They have tons of fish, reptiles, amphibians and more. The crazy looking fish pictured here is called a Scorpionfish and this photo was taken at That Fish Place with my Samsung G3.
Press your phone up to the fish tank when taking a picture and it acts as a built-in tripod, keeping your phone camera perfectly still. Also, do not use a flash; it produces glare in your photos.