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“Go for the animal houses as much as the animals” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin)

Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin)
Koningin Astridplein 26, Antwerp 2018, Belgium
32-3-202-4540
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Ranked #18 of 113 things to do in Antwerp
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Large, well-defined zoo which houses a variety of species from giraffes to fish.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
London
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“Go for the animal houses as much as the animals”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We live in London and are spoilt by one of the best zoos in the world. However, Antwerp zoo is a good place to visit. Situated just behind the main station, it is small but good. Like many European zoos the animal houses are spectacular. The giraffe house is done out in ancient Egyptian style, there is also an Indian style building etc.

It doesn't have that many animals (who seemed pretty content with things, although I thought the tortoises area could have been a bit cleaner for them - but, then again, we did visit on a Sunday morning just after the zoo had opened, so maybe the keepers hadn't had a chance to clean it), but certainly provides a riveting couple of hours.

It is pretty child friendly, of course, but doesn't go over the top with things for the kids as so many other zoos do nowadays (I didn't see any evidence of face painting or rip-off rides for example).

All in all a pleasant experience.

Visited September 2013
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“loads of Animals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

A def must visit on ur euro trip,Loads of animals from Africa to amazon,india to artic.Just visit the zoo

Visited November 2012
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“Nice compact zoo.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Very nice zoo. Food in the "Flamingo" is decent, food in the restaurant near the playground is fastfood burger crap.

Visited June 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Fun to be in Antwerp... I Always love to be here with the kids. Clean, friendly, .... a lot of food shops and gift shops. See the Dolphins !!!

Visited November 2012
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Small enclosures, felt a bit said at times”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

The site is well laid out but I disliked the small enclosures and ended up feeling guilty for at least half of the time. I had more fun at the aquarium on the other side of the square.

There are many types of animals here; we saw: monkeys, gorillas, penguins (really awful enclosure, just wanted to get out), seals, turtles, snakes, spiders, Dromedaries, Giraffes, tigers....

Watch out when you enter the zoo as you get pounced on my a man dressed as a tiger for a photoshoot, the photos are quite expensive 25 euros for the full package. You can buy one for 5 euros.

Visited August 2013
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