Artis Royal Zoo (Natura Artis Magistra)

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Key Info

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40

Price & Hours

23 euros (about $28) for ages 10 and older; 19...
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Zoos and Aquariums Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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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Located southwest of the city center, the 116-acre Vondelpark is the favorite leafy retreat of just about everyone. Not only is it the largest city park in Amsterdam, it's also one of the most revered in all of the Netherlands. Most recent travelers said they enjoyed people-watching and picnicking at the park, but other reviewers recommend avoiding a late-night visit as the park can be a little frightening once the sun sets. During the day, though, the park is filled with couples, families and friends, and is definitely worth a visit.

Ponds, fields and playgrounds are connected by winding paths, which also run by an open-air theater, a rollerblade rental, a rose garden, several cafes and a range of statues and sculptures. Open dawn to dusk, you can take trams 1, 2 or 5 to the Leidseplein, and you'll have just a quick two-minute walk to reach the park's entrance. The park is free to visit.

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