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

(3.6/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A great choice for out a day family. Admission is free and the animals are very careful. Highly recommend it!
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  • It is a monumental place for Merida, however it lacks more variety of activities within the Zoo and animal care
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  • I've always had mixed feelings about zoos, they are definitely a good way for many people to have the opportunity of seeing animals that they wouldn't be able to see in any other way. However, it is a...  more »
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  • 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.
  • El Centenario was build in 1910 as a recreational park, but in the 60's it was remodeled and changed into a zoo. Access to the public is free, but any other activies like the train ride cost a couple of pesos. There's also a park your kids can enjoy while you take a break from the day's heat. Consession stands and picnic areas are available. You are allowed to bring your own lunch/snack. You can't take food or drinks into the area where the animals are. And if you haven't figured it out by now, Always bring a roll of toilet paper with you! There are public bathrooms provided for you, but there isn't always TP 😂 (this rule goes for any place you might think of visiting while you're in Yucatán, hehe) Over all, the zoo isn't a very big place. Some of the enclosures are small for the type of animals, but the staff does the best they can to make the animals comfortable and keep the place looking nice. If you're in the area, don't miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful animals at the zoo!
  • 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!
  • I was very surprised when I saw a lot of animals, specially tigers in such a small Zoo where entrance is totally free. You are very close to animals. Some cages are quiet small and some animals doesn´t look very happy but the working stuff there looks they care as much they can. In front of Zoo there is park for children and some kiosks with food. Worthy to go with family or with partner.
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