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Rotterdam Zoo, Rotterdam

4.5
#1 of 58 in Outdoors in South Holland Province
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Featuring various habitats and rich ecosystems, Rotterdam Zoo houses more than 10,000 animals, representing 600 species from around the world. Spread across 12 hectares (30 acres) of densely cultivated land, the zoo features swamps with trees and suspended bridges, dark humid caves and steppes, and a massive aquarium. You'll see animals ranging from the tiniest mice or fish to gigantic 6 m (20 ft) octopi, wild cats, and elephants. Walk along a 22 m (72 ft) underwater tunnel surrounded by sharks and oceanic critters, tour large African savannahs, and come face-to-face with polar bears in a frozen cave. With our custom trip planner, Rotterdam attractions like Rotterdam Zoo can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We visited Rotterdam from the UK and spent a day at the zoo, It's one of the nicest zoos I have visited, the enclosures were spacious and clean and the animals seemed very well cared for, I don't thin...  more »
  • It is clear that operating a Zoo is not something where you have a lot of money with it earned. The lack of care is everywhere apparent. The buildings are both outside and inside quite jaded. The signage is not everywhere clear, the catering is a bit shabby. But for children is not a problem, who find it soon enough fun. The visibility of animals is not optimal, you have to sometimes really peering to the animals that are indicated on the signs. Well, and then you're lost for more than €65 parking included a visit with two adult and one child (without drinks).
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  • Worth spending hours exploring the site. Are several animals, including polar bears, Lions, Tigers, and the Aquarium is fantastic, the butterfly garden recreates the environment of Brazil, and have giant fish, birds and a lake with wonderful Regias Victories.
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  • Best Zoo in the country! + Its continually being improved. + Lots of facilities scattered throughout the park. + Great idea of organising the animals into continents. + Oceanium is absolutely dope! + You can watch animals being fed, which is really fun to see.
  • It seems the animals are happy. The caretakers seem highly motivated and knowledgeable. A great day out!
  • Very good zoo. Well structured, great species representation. A lot of activities for children and adults. An announcement system for those would be a perfect improvement though. Oceanarium might be a bit expanded. Lab in oceanarium is great.
  • A very nice Zoo. Good structure, a good number of animals and friendly staff. During my visit many structures were undergoing renovation but everything was fine. The only downside is that there none (or almost none) information in English, what makes the visit for the foreigners harder.
  • Nice zoo. Animals not places far away from where you can view them. Also nice background information on background which is also readable by children.

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Rotterdam offers comfortable lodgings for every budget, from neat little rooms in youth hostels to luxurious suites in boutique hotels. The city's centrally located establishments offer five-star service and easy access to outstanding museums, theaters, restaurants, and bars. The well-connected area near the central train station draws backpackers with its good-value hostels, many of which offer bicycles for rent. For another affordable option near Rotterdam's main attractions, check out the city's riverfront guesthouses, which provide private parking, laundry facilities, and secure luggage storage.
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