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Key Info

B. Gruzinskaya 1


Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 4.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

Originally founded in 1864, the Moscow Zoo is home to more than 6,000 animals and more than 1,000 different species.

The zoo is a popular destination for families and a nice reward for kids that have had to endure long lines and one too many Moscow cathedrals. One satisfied TripAdvisor user says, "The park was clean, kid-friendly, and the animals are always in plain sight and not a football field away as they are in North American zoos." However, a few visitors felt the animals' living conditions were not up to par.

Admission is a bargain at only $3 USD (100 rubles) for adults.  Seniors, students and children under age 18 get in for free. The zoo is open every day of the week except for Monday. Opening hours are 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. in the summer; the zoo closes at 5 p.m. in the winter. The zoo is accessible from the Barrikadnaya and Krasnopresnenskaya metro stations. For more information, check out the Moscow Zoo website.

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One of the world's most famous public squares, the Red Square sits at the physical center of Moscow and is considered the symbolic center of all of Russia. Bluntly speaking, Red Square is a must-see in the city. Allot a decent amount of time to take in the views, capture them on your camera and to just soak in the atmosphere of the place.

You'll find the Red Square is bordered by the massive GUM shopping mall on the east, St. Basil's Cathedral on the south, the State Historical Museum on the north and Lenin's Mausoleum on the west.

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