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“The zoo is the jewel of the park.”
Review of Assiniboine Park

Assiniboine Park
Ranked #2 of 208 things to do in Winnipeg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Spend the day at this pleasant park which features a zoo, fabulous English gardens, scenic walking paths, a minature train and a theater,among other amenities.
Reviewed 15 July 2014

See my review under Assiniboine Park Zoo.
The Assiniboine Park offers more than the zoo such as the Conservatory, English Gardens, Leo Mol scuplture garden & museum, the Nature Playground, duck pond, and Lyric theatre. The Park is FREE. There is no admission for any of those attractions, except the Zoo.

1  Thank MickOdin
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

This is a review specifically for the zoo, not the part as a whole.

For the outrageous new price of $20/person the zoo has managed to become even more embarrassing than it was prior to the Churchill addition.

So many empty cages. Generators, pipes, etc. just laying around. Some of our favorite things that were there (and free) have conveniently been removed and either not replaced, or replaced with paid versions. We were looking forward to going to the farm area so my daughter could pet some of them, but it was closed.

She wanted to play in the play area in the Tundra grill but kids could not wear shoes and had to have socks. It's JULY, so she was wearing sandals with bare feet. I went to buy her a pair of socks at the gift store but they only had sizes that were far, far too big.

Speaking of the Tundra grill. Besides being very expensive, the straws that they give you with your drinks in the park are made of paper and dissolve before you can even finishing drinking it. It was gross.

We went to the journey to Churchill and it was just annoying. We didn't see a single polar bear and most of that so called exhibit is just tv screens with questionably educational loops running. Not much to do with the animals at all. Most of it was pushing native issues.

So with all of that disappointment we thought the one thing we could do is go on the Australian walkabout where you are suppose to be able to walk up to some kangaroos, but they have multiple staff members there that keep you several hundred feet back, so it was actually worse then seeing them in a cage, because at least they would have been closer.

The worst part is when I told my daughter that we were going to see all these animals and she was so excited. She got so tired of walking, because that's pretty much all you do there, just walk in a poorly laid out path that takes you nowhere near any animals. The only good experience we had there was coming across some Canadian geese wandering around, but we could have seen the same thing outside the park for free.

So extremely disappointing. When I went there as a kid there were exotic animals and even an elephant ride. Now, nothing. Complete and total waste of time and money. We have no intention of going back. They should have used the millions they spent on the stupid Churchill thing to upgrade what they already had. Instead much of the rest of the exhibits are closing, or should be since they look disgusting.

3  Thank Annoyed G
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

I found the new and improved Winnipeg Zoo a disappointment. The park is beautiful but still under construction and very few animals to see as their sites are not ready. I felt the price of $19.00 adult and $15.00 senior was high considering the lack of animals to see and enjoy. I would suggest a pre-opening price of $10.00 would have been more in line with the perceived value.

1  Thank Don P
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Great place to spend a few hours and it costs nothing. Several beautiful gardens to walk through. There is a large kids park that is fenced in. If you look around there is something for everyone.

1  Thank arlopear
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Assiniboine park offers a nature based haven in the center of the urban busyness of the city of Winnipeg. Picnic, grassy areas, the Pavillion and the duck pond are just a few of the highlights. Year round activities work to engage both the Manitoba residents as well as visitors to embrace this gem nestled in the heart of the capital of the Keystone Province!

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