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Donkey Sanctuary Aruba

Sta Lucia 4A, Santa Cruz 11111, Aruba
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Visit Donkey Sanctuary Aruba where you can feed and pet the donkeys from the safety of our enclosed porch. They especially love apples and carrots, so... more » Owner description: Visit Donkey Sanctuary Aruba where you can feed and pet the donkeys from the safety of our enclosed porch. They especially love apples and carrots, so feel free to bring some along. There is no admission fee, though your generous donations are greatly appreciated and are what continue to allow us the ability to care for our donkey family, which has approximately 130+ members at the moment. Our volunteers will be more than happy to show you around and answer your questions. And if you get there early enough, you can even help with the daily chores of feeding and caring for the donkeys, a great and educational experience for children! If you’d rather just observe, then you’re welcome to grab a seat on our covered porch, sit back with some coffee or a cold beverage and snack from our concession stand, or take a look inside our gift shop. Whatever you decide, we look forward to seeing you there! « less
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The donkeys here love snacks. Make sure you bring some treats for them and they will crowd around the front porch where you can feed them. They survive on donations so think about purchasing something from the gift shop. It's great they rescue the injured donkeys and take care of the old ones. I know there is controversy surrounding spaying... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Kids loved this place. You can feed the donkeys and interact with them. Easy 30 -45 minute stop, close to the Natural Bridge

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Visited the sanctuary as part of a day trip. We were given lots of information of history of their being in the country and I wish the poorly ones well, but they are in the right place and great care

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We visited the donkey sanctuary 3 times whist in Aruba, so that might say something. Firstly, getting there is not that straight forward but a number of the tours stop here. We hired a car, and the roads are a mix of sealed (Asphalt/Bitumen/Tarman) and hard packed dirt roads. One word of warning, when you come off the sealed road... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My youngest wanted to bring one home with us. It is really cool that you can get right up to them and pet them, if they want you too. They have plenty of pellets to feed them and you can even buy some donkey tee shirts to remember this buy. Not a lot of parking and it is free to... More

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Suffield, Connecticut
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204 reviews 204 reviews
81 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This was one of the places we wanted to go check out with the kids. We weren't sure what to expect but it was a simple place and very enjoyable. We stayed at Marriott and had our own car so we set out to the place. There are some decent directions in some of the guide books but took a... More

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Went with my entire family teens included and everyone loved it! The staff is friendly and patient. They taught us how to feed the donkey's by hand and with a bowl. The donkey's are rescued animals. They are curious and friendly also safe to be around as there were many young children feeding them. We loved it soooo much we... More

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My wife loves animals and she loves Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. Due to this reason, she has a strange obsession with donkeys which lead us to the Donkey Sanctuary in Aruba. I do not regret this decision! We rented a small car from our hotel just for this particular reason. Just to visit the donkey sanctuary and navigation wasn't... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This place is great. It's free it's fun and you get to hangout and feed donkey's. What more could you ask for. The donkey sanctuary is all run by donations and takes care off the donkeys on the island and helps rescue and preserve what's left on the island. They are great for doing this and making it fun for... More

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York, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It took us a while to find the Donkey Sanctuary in our hire car, as maps of the area and signage is a little sketchy - but you should persevere! It's free to visit the Sanctuary, as they rely on donations from their visitors and sales from the small gift shop. But there's plenty of chance to speak to the... More

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