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“Better than we expected!”
Review of Zoo Ave

Zoo Ave
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$20.00*
and up
Zoo Ave General Admission Ticket
Ranked #2 of 48 things to do in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: While educating the public about local wildlife, this zoo also breeds endangered animals for eventual release to the wild.
Reviewed January 15, 2013

My Grandchildren had just arrived in Costa Rica from the states and we were looking for something fun for them to do on a Saturday afternoon. Ages 4 and 7. I have passed the Zoo Ave several times and had heard comments from several of my friends none of which was anything special. The kids were excited and so we decided to make the visit. We were somewhat shocked to find the entry fee for non-residents was a whopping $20 dollars for each adult compared to the almost half price for residents Really wished our residency status was complete at that point. After the initial shock paying over $75 for 3 adults and 2 kids to visit the local zoo we picked ourselves up and entered. The property was clean, the grounds were beautiful and it wasn't too crowded. We were able to take our time and leisurely enjoy our stroll through the grounds. Although, it was the middle of the day we were surprised to see most of the animals out in the open and easy to view. We especially enjoyed the gorgeous peacocks that strutted up the trails and around you showing their colorful feathered fans. They were not the least scared or bothered by our presence nor were they scary or frightening to us being so upfront and close. The monkeys had to be our favorite stop as they were all out and in full form. Very entertaining and attentive to their audience. The birds were beautiful and we were impressed they were all rescued. We especially liked the wall with the paintings of all 800+ bird species in Costa Rica. The Landscaping and shade created by the mature trees and palms created a very cool and pleasant venue on such a hot and muggy day. The kids and the adults had a great time and we would definitely recommend it. However, I would suggest they post their non-resident and/or tourist pricing on their website and advertising. It continues to amaze me that although most of Costa Rica's economy is based on tourism they still continue to charge supreme pricing to those who provide many of the jobs. DIdn't check to see if their was a year long family pass available for purchase. Will do before my next visit.

Thank Marsha W
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

I love that they are all rescued. not just for our entertainment. well laid out and nice variety. Good location, easy to get to/ find

Thank luv2trvl1969
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

So many birds to see close up! My kids and their grandparents loved it. This is located close to the airport, Alejuela and Heredia.

Thank Sarah L
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

The whole place is shaded with huge bamboo and tropical, lush green vegetation. There are free Macaws, Iguanas, peccaries, and deer... lots of turtles and many many colorful birds. Quiet, shady walk around the rehabilitation center..took us about an hour to stroll through it with our 2 year old and baby. We had a nice little lunch at the end.. they have delicious empanadas filled with a variety of meats (at potatoes). Peacocks and peahens are loose & patiently wait for you to drop some crumbs. Not crowded on a Saturday morning! Great day, will repeat!

Thank mommybluebird
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

An easy 1.5-2 hour experience close to San Jose airport. Its a nice introduction to the wildlife in Costa Rica. We saw 2 iguanas in the wild here as well! Animals seem relaxed and free. Lots of birds which really helped set the stage for bird-watching on our vacation.

Thank Girish S
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