Adelaide Zoo#11 in Best Things To Do in Adelaide
Located approximately halfway between the Adelaide Oval and Adelaide Botanic Garden, the Adelaide Zoo gives families and animal lovers alike an opportunity to spot unique Aussie creatures, including echidnas, red kangaroos, koalas, wombats and Tasmanian devils. But travelers can do more than ogle at the zoo's critters. Experiences like feeding giraffes, holding meerkats and zoo sleepovers are also offered (for extra fees).
According to prior visitors, the Adelaide Zoo is a great attraction for kids. Many recommend feeding the animals at the children's zoo for 2 Australian dollars (approximately $1.50), running around at the playground and watching the zoo's resident pandas. Travelers also appreciated the high level of care given to the animals, as well as the reasonable entrance fees and knowledgeable zookeepers, though some said areas of the property could use a refresh.
The Adelaide Zoo is situated within walking distance of the South Australian Museum, Adelaide Botanic Garden, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Adelaide Oval. No parking is available on-site, but visitors can park in the nearby Wilsons Parking garage for a flat rate of AU$10 ($7) on weekends. Or, travelers can use Adelaide Metro's buses to get to and from the attraction. The Nos. 271 and 273 buses, as well as the city's free 98A and 98C buses, make stops by the zoo.
Visitors are welcome to visit the property between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily, but some exhibits and facilities have restricted hours. Tickets cost AU$34.50 ($26) for adults and AU$19 ($14) for children ages 4 to 14, but extra charges will be incurred for add-on animal experiences. A playground, two eateries, picnic areas, ATMs and restrooms are also available on-site. For a complete list of activity and ticket prices, facilities, animal exhibits and more, check out the Adelaide Zoo website.
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#1 Adelaide Botanic Garden
Adelaide Botanic Garden offers eight gardens, a wetland and a forest, as well as architectural marvels like the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. Noteworthy features include the Garden of Health (an area devoted to plants with healing properties) and the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden (where kids can learn about fruits, vegetables and herbs).
The 124-acre Adelaide Botanic Garden regularly woos visitors with its tranquil atmosphere and well-maintained landscaping. But if you really want to relax while in this city sanctuary, travelers recommend bringing a blanket and food for a picnic on one of the lawns. Also, save some time to admire the Palm House and the Bicentennial Conservatory's architecture. The former is a restored Victorian glasshouse from Germany, while the latter is the Southern Hemisphere's largest single-span conservatory.
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