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“Spend the Day”
Review of Rotterdam Zoo

Rotterdam Zoo
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Ranked #4 of 207 things to do in Rotterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 May 2014

We were in Rotterdam for business meetings and had the weekend off. When we went to TripAdvisor to see what were the main attractions, the Rotterdam Zoo was at the top of the list. As we like zoos, we left the hotel in the morning planning to spend a couple of hours.

When we arrived we first went to Oceania which is the aquarium complex to your near left after the entrance. We first looked at the seals, both from above and through the windows in the tank. We then went into the main part of Oceania. What a marvelous surprise! There was not one, but two huge aquariums with tunnels that went through the center! There were many different tanks with all kinds of fish and other sea creatures. The penguin tank was a lot of fun, watching them waddle around, line up to jump into the water and swim. I think we spent almost our expected two hours in Oceania, and decided to make a day of it.

The outside animal scenarios were beautiful. I most remember the aviaries (more than one), the butterfly tent (you actually walk among the butterflies), the giraffes (they are really beautiful, are quite a few and they get quite close to you), the elephants (both an outside exhibit and a connected cave-like portion) along with a baby which was really cute, the Flamingos (a really large exhibit with quite a number of Flamingos), and Pelicans in a tropical like setting (they had an island with a really large nest on it).

There were many other animals, all in really beautiful settings reflecting their natural habitat.

We spent the entire day and really enjoyed it! By the way, if you do spend the day, the food was better than any we have had at any other zoo.

1  Thank PappysCorsair
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

The Rotterdam Zoo is immaculately kept and has something for kids (and adults) of all ages.
There are the usual array of animals from all over the world in this rather large installation. The animals appear to be healthy and happy which makes this visitor a huge fan of the Rotterdam Zoo.
Throughout the zoo, there are places to sit momentarily, concession stands with fresh food and cold or hot beverages and helpful staff.
There are renovations being made continuously.
Most recently, an actual play structure for kids was re-opened and I can jubilantly report that the children in my group, ages 15 months to 15 years, were all very excited and exceedingly happy!
For a lovely day outdoors, the Rotterdam Zoo is an excellent choice!

Thank DianeFT
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Being a former local does not mean I am biased, but the zoo is well put together, my favorite bit is the elephant enclosure and the glass tunnel under water..

Thank Riemert
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

To enjoy the zoo you need to take your time and see everything it will be a long and enjoyable day for all who take part. A word of caution ... in rotterdam you need to pay parking with your chip on your bank pass or with a card which you can buy in most newsagents or at the VVV tourist information center not paying means a fine or the car gets taken away or clamped.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

A very nice zoo, which is getting nicer. They were working on several improvements, but the work didn't disturb the visit. Quite a large zoo, with a nice variety of animals. Also a wonderful play area for the kids. I usually visit the zoo whenever I travel and this is one of my favorites.

Thank wannabefoodcritic17
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