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Calgary Zoo
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1300 Zoo Road Northeast

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Zoos and Aquariums Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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.

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#1 Prince's Island Park

According to a TripAdvisor user, this island park near the Calgary Zoo is "A great place to go for a walk, play some Frisbee, toss the football around or have a picnic. I was amazed of how such a clean family friendly park could exsist in the middle of a city." Trails lined with cottonwood trees appeal to walkers and bikers alike, while regular festivals and an outdoor theater beckon to culture-hounds. For food, just follow the footbridge across the Bow River to the stalls of Eau Claire Market. Looking for more refined dining? Then check out the River Café.

The park is open all day, every day, and you don't have to pay to play. For more information, visit the Prince's Island Park website.

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