- 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.
Nearby Things To Do
Fort Calgary Historic Park0.6 miles away
Scotiabank Saddledome1.1 miles away
Calgary Stampede & Stampede Park1.2 miles away
Hyatt Regency Calgary1.4 miles away
Delta Bow Valley1.3 miles away
Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel1.4 miles away