- Type: Zoos and Aquariums
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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The massive Calgary Zoo houses more than 1,400 animals—from tigers to gorillas—in enclosures that are representative of their natural habitats. Stop by Creatures of the Night/Australia to visit your favorite down-under creatures like kangaroos and emus, or check out Canada's furry friends like moose and bears in the Canadian Wilds section. But the animals aren't the only reason to visit: The complex is also home to a sprawling botanical garden, featuring flora from across the world; and the Prehistoric Park, which showcases the region's history as a stomping ground for dinosaurs.
Many recent visitors agree this zoo is a must-do for young families. As one TripAdvisor user writes: "You could easily spend a day here! […] The scenery and gardens alone are worth a walk." However, some previous visitors have expressed complaints about the facility's atmosphere, saying that it could use some more signage and a thorough cleaning.
Occupying St. George's Island (suspended just east of downtown in the Bow River), the Calgary Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $21 CAD for adults and $13 CAD for children (roughly the same in U.S. dollars). For more information, check out the zoo's website.