Artis Royal Zoo (Natura Artis Magistra)#9 in Best Things To Do in Amsterdam
Visitors traveling with children in tow might want to make some space in their itinerary for the Artis Royal Zoo. Lions, monkeys and penguins are housed here, along with about another 750 species, and there's also an aquarium, an insectarium, a butterfly garden and a planetarium.
Although most recent visitors described the zoo as lovely, well maintained and a great family day, some of them concede that enclosures for the animals seemed a bit small.
Adult admission for anyone ages 10 and older costs 23 euros (about $28), and tickets costs 19.50 euros (about $24) for kids ages 3 to 9. If you purchase your tickets ahead of time online, you'll save a few euros. If you purchased the I amsterdam City Card, your entry fee is waived. Guided tours are available very Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. The zoo is open daily, but hours vary by the season. Generally, it welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. Every Saturday in June, July and August, the zoo stays open until sunset. To get there, visitors can take the 9 and 14 tram to the Artis stop. The nearest metro station is Waterlooplein. For more information, visit the Artis Royal Zoo's website.
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