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“nice bird park with terrible restaurants” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Avifauna

Restaurant Avifauna
Hoorn 65X, 2404 HG Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
0172-487502
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Mijdrecht, The Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“nice bird park with terrible restaurants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Nice bird park where you can easily spend a good part of the day. But bring your own lunch.
The restaurant in the park looks like one of those soup kitchens. You have to sit on long pick nick tables in a over crowded room.
The quality of the food of the restaurant just outside of the park is very poor. They use the cheapest cuts of meat, service is slow and poor.
The chicken sate was under cooked but the staff told us it is just the type of meat and it was all fine. Well, later that night we definitely noticed it wasn't all right.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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  • Danish first
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English first
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Fun little park with big playground, but not so good birdshows”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

We visited with our three kids aged up to six. The best part for our kids was probably the playground, but after that the parents liked the pond with the free roaming birds. Those pelicans can get pretty frisky (the inside of a pelicans beak is way more slimy than the outside of a snake I can tell you). Also the humming birds, though hard to detect are nice. They are not very colorful, but their tinyness is awesome.

Strangely disappointing were the two shows, though in one of them one bird of prey refused to cooperate and instead started having it out with a bunch of crows, which was fun.

The playground is quite big, with also an indoor part and some rides that you have to pay extra for. But even if you don't pay the extras, your kinds can still spend an our or two enjoying themselves.

Food facilities were mediocre, unless apparently if you come at the weekends, when there is actual open cooking by real life cooks.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“birds birds birds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We went there with a bunch of girls and it was fun to go to. we saw so many birds from different parts of the world, we fed a few, we saw a great show with some surprises. very good place to visit with children of all ages.

Visited August 2012
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Sleepy Hollow, IL
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Birds for all... really fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We visited the park multiple times over 2 days (including naps and side trips). The bird show is a must see! Don't miss it. We saw it 3 times.

Visited August 2012
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Boskoop, The Netherlands
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Interesting for kids and adults, even in winter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I was passing by the road sign directing to Avifauna many times and never ventured into the park until recently when visited by a family with kids. I was very surprised by the size of the park and the beautiful species you see there. We went on a freezing winter day, so did not see it all, but even then what we saw was truly impressive: greeted by beautiful, coral colored flamingos, we went on to see amazing owls, parrots of all types and colours, giant cranes, incredible toucans and maybe the most impressive of all, because they were unexpected: the Indian hornbills. Eagles and all sorts of other birds complete the list: there is a lot. The whole area is a great place for walking, even with a buggy. Kids also enjoy the outdoor playground which actually has some facilities for adults, too. The indoor playhole is not much, though.
Avifauna was quite a discovery and at a very reasonable admission price. I am quite looking forward to go again in the summer. Just one thought and I have seen that other people also noted that: some birds stay in cages that do not do justice to their wings power. It's a pity, very beautiful birds and living long years in captivity, so probably quite happy, but it would feel better to see that all of them can really spread the wings, now it's a luxury of just some.

Visited January 2013
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