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“A bit dated, but ok for a couple of hours” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia

Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia
Ranked #4 of 88 things to do in Pistoia
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Enschede, The Netherlands
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49 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A bit dated, but ok for a couple of hours”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

Our little one loves animals, so we headed for a Saturday at the zoo. €14,50 per adult, our toddler free, the tracks appeared a bit steep and sometimes not very well paved, which was a little difficult with our stroller. A nice "collection" of animals, but some of the enclosurers are really dated (hippos, giraffes, elephants, the tropical "dome") and need an upgrade, but the zoo is currently working on that. The lion's area has been done already and looks very nice! Don't expect to spend a full day here, but it's good for an 4-5 hour visit.

Playing area for the kids is well maintained with plenty of benches and tables for BYO lunch. The restaurant is under average for Italian standards, as I also noticed from Italian families next to us.

Really close to the motorway and free parking when we visited, but I noticed an entrance booth so I suppose in high season you'll have to pay.

Visited October 2013
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Hasselt, Belgium
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very nice zoo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

My son and I spent a lovely day at this zoo,
The landscape sometimes provided a bit of a challenge as the hills were a bit steep when pushing a stroller.
Some animals live in a relatively small enclosure but you can easily see that the zoo is working hard to expand and give more space to all the animals,
For €0,20 you could buy a little bit of food to give to the giraffes or the elephants or the goats,
There is a nice playground for the children, big and small,
And, for small (optional?) donation you can have your child take a short ride on a pony.

Visited September 2013
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Evanton, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

We had a bit of time to spare on our last day in Rome and had been to all the other attractions so decided to go to the zoo. We didn't have any expectations really but what a pleasant surprise. Very reasonably priced, €14 each, we recently paid about £100 for 4 of us at London Zoo which wasn't a patch on this one. The animals seem to be well looked after in good surroundings, apart from maybe the giraffes, elephants and zebras which had no greenery at all. We spent 4 hours here which we think makes it very good value. It is a bit out of the way though, we got a taxi from the Spanish Steps which cost €7.

Visited September 2013
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Pleasant few hours spent at a zoo with lots of animals and nice landscaping.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Was expecting this zoo to be a bit disappointing compared to other Zoos we have visited, but we were pleasantly surprised. The zoo is nicely landscaped with lots of shrubs and picnic areas and benches.
There are lots of animals including elephants, hippos, giraffes, bears etc. Although most animals seemed well cared for,some of them did seem to be in rather small boring enclosures with lots of concrete and little to do. The bears had an enormous enclosure, whereas the elephant area looked very dull and small. The poor lonely sea lion looked very fed up and bored.
You can buy pellets to feed some of the animals and there is a large modern play area.
We spent three hours wandering around here and enjoyed it, although I did feel a bit concerned about the welfare of some of the animals. People were allowed to bring their dogs to this zoo, which made a nice change.

Visited August 2013
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Island of Malta, Malta
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Bus did not arrive”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

I have been planning for this trip for about a month and was very looking forward to this experience. When we arrived there at about 9am, they told us that the bus to the zoo will come at around 12, which is very late and it was very hot to wait in the sun under a bus shelter. What happens? the bus did not arrive so we wait for another hour as the next bus had to come at around 1.15pm and it did not arrive either. I will never recommend this to my freinds as it was a bad experience for me

Visited July 2013
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