Zoological Park of Centenario ( Parque Zoologico del Centenario), Merida

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In the style of the mid-20th century, Zoological Park of Centenario ( Parque Zoologico del Centenario) offers a fun and educational pastime both for kids and their parents. Walk around the large park and see all kinds of animals, some of them endangered in the wild, including the rare white tiger. Go early if you want to avoid crowds and high temperatures. You don’t have to pay for tickets, only for the train ride across the park, during which you can get close to the fences and take a closer look of the animals. The park has a shaded kids’ playground for the youngest members of the family. You can also grab some food and drink onsite. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Merida holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Zoological Park of Centenario ( Parque Zoologico del Centenario) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Definitely take the kids to this zoo. Plenty of animals and wildlife to see and learn about. It is very cheap and affordable. After you have finished visiting and walking the entire zoo, take a relaxi...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The best thing is the train that you wander around the Zoo, is not very big, but is a good place to be and take a walk with the family
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  • August 4, 2017
    The Zoo's Centennial is a must-see if bvienes to Mérida is a place where Yucatecan families tend to spend and day already ea perciopdos vacation or holidays or weekends. has many attractions apart from the viosita to jnimales of different species, with baking, ice cream parlors, sale of snacks, a mini restaurant on a wagon of railway located near to the main entrance of the place, an area for riding, a train that surrounds the enclosure, selling water and soda, no alcohol, cable car, mini Lake with boats for sale some rides, an o and much more. Recomendaddo visitors with families and children.
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  • May 22, 2017
    Can spent couple days here. The zoo and the tiny aquarium are free. They also have playground and water fountain for kids to play in, and during weekends, pony rides and carousel. Also, a tiny train thAt runs around the park.
  • November 8, 2016
    Why aren't there more 1 stars? Better yet, why is this place even operational? The animals are in inhumane conditions. Such small cages and even multiple big animals in one small cage. I've seen bad zoos but this is basically a road side zoo for humans to stare at mistreated animals. I hope someone rescues the animals and shuts down the zoo for good.
  • February 4, 2017
    Lions, tigers, hippos etc it's free ,animals seemed well looked after... Only silver back gorilla was pacing angry looking. The flamingos fascinating.
  • December 6, 2016
    Best place ever! Good food prices. Lots of variety :) People need to understand this is a local Zoo and it's down town. It has what a zoo takes.
  • July 16, 2016
    Super fun place to take kids; half zoo and half park. You can get really close to the animals, which is a great way to get people interested in them. However, this is because they have small enclosures with what looks like little to do. I did see several staff working on upkeep and maintenance, though. Also, it's free!

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