Antwerp ZooCurrently Closed
- Address: KoninginAstridplein 26, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
- Timings: 10:00 am - 04:45 pm Details
- Phone: 32-32024540
- Ticket Price: 23 USD
- Tags: Garden, Zoo, Play Ground, Walking Area, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot
Antwerp Zoo - Review
One of the oldest zoos in the world, this place hosts over 5000 animals across 950 different species. Okapis, polar bears, Siberian tigers, Indian elephants, orang-utans, … the animals here are pretty exotic and from all over. They are segregated in some areas by habitat type. The gardens themselves are pretty relaxing, so if you’re tired, head over there for some rest and peace. Make sure to watch the sea lions. Be prepared to spend a while here if you want to cover everything.
How To reach Antwerp Zoo by Public Transport
- Antwerp Central, Ploegstraat
Restaurants Near Antwerp Zoo
- Lunch En Pasta
- Boston Steak House
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Things to Know Before Visiting Antwerp Zoo
91.29% of people who visit Antwerp include Antwerp Zoo in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
64% of people start their Antwerp Zoo visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Antwerp Zoo
91.33% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Antwerp Zoo
Antwerp Zoo Trips
Antwerp Zoo, Antwerp Reviews
The zoo is nicely laid out & has an interactive area for children. The butterfly house is amazing. The grounds are beautiful & well kept. There are ample facilities & places to get a drink or snack. The zoo is brilliantly located right next to the Antwerp Central station, making it easy to get to, and a few blocks from the diamond district.
One of the best zoos of my lifetime. Most of the animals were very active. I took great videos of the monkeys and orangutans in action and they were really funny. I even spent around 20 to 30 minutes watching the elephants showered and how they responded to instructions. Overall, the trip was very educational and unforgettable. I would definitely visit again very soon!
Summary: A beautiful but expensive little gem in the middle of Antwerp. The butterfly garden is a must. Bring a Picknick and strong nerves to avoid any outburst of rage when seeing parents failing their child's education. ❤️❤️❤️❤️🖤 Animal variety - A lot of different, sometimes unusual animals. Only a few of each kind though some times. Especially the butterfly room is amazing. ♥️♥️♥️♥️🖤 Setting - In the middle of the city, yet very green and well designed. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Size - A perfect size for a half day trip or a short full day trip with children. Surprisingly big! The round tour makes sure you miss no animals. ❤️❤️❤️🖤🖤 Animal treatment - All animals looked well, but some cages, especially the reptile and aquarium ones looked very small. ❤️❤️🖤🖤🖤 Price - For the relatively compact size a SERIOUSLY high price. Especially as children only get 1€ reduction. And students get 50ct. Ridiculous. ❤️❤️🖤🖤🖤 Visitors - Many visitors using flash, the nocturnal area extremely loud (mainly parents shouting for some reason). We even saw a child feeding the apes or hitting the aquariums, not once did we see parents or keepers step in.
This is a very well maintained zoo that is like an oasis in the center of the city. The place looks very nice, still has quite some of the architecture of it's 19th century origins and feels like a park. Sometimes i wish that all animals could live in their natural habitat but as zoos go here the animals are well taken care of. I come here regularly with my 4 year old daughter and we both enjoy these visits much.
We visited the zoo today, however I'm posting this review as we were quite shocked to see the amount of people coming right up to windows, tapping and jeering at the animals, generally being really disrespectful and most disturbing was people coming right up to the windows to take photos with flash on even in the dark nocturnal section! We saw some animals scared with this and running to hide, very sad to see. It's sad enough to see animals in small enclosures/boxes let alone the way people treated them like toys for their amusement. Obviously this is to be expected in a zoo somewhat but the whole time we barely saw any staff! Not even in whole sections like the nocturnal zone and aquarium - would have thought even one member of staff patrolling the area would help stop this behaviour. And in the nocturnal behaviour where we were upset to see cameras used with flash on we couldn't see any visible signs saying this isn't allowed which is surely the case judging by the animals' reactions? Likely there were signs but it was too dark to see them - maybe much larger and visible signs in many languages would help. We saw both parents/adults and children acting like this! We only speak English so it would have been hard to ask people to stop the behaviour without sounding rude, and honestly in British zoos there are generally staff to encourage more animal-friendly behaviour or very big signs. I have given 4 stars as the zoo made a nice change from all the shops in the city. The Flamingo cafe was nice though a bit overpriced (though to be fair not anything more expensive than the tourist areas in town), and the architecture is lovely. I would have maybe given 3 stars as some of the enclosures seemed quite small for some of the birds (lots if them flying against the cage/round in circles), bugs and reptiles but I won't pretend to know what size is adequate enough for them.