Bioparc Valencia#9 in Best Things To Do in Valencia
The Bioparc Valencia is a 25-acre zoo, located in the northwest area of the city. But this isn't just any kind of zoo – it's an immersion zoo, which means it removes or hides many of the barriers most zoos put in place between different species, including the humans. Species that naturally (and safely) reside together in the wild are placed together, while other gentle species, like lemurs for instance, are free to meet humans face to face. Other barricades are simply hidden to give visitors the feeling of being out in the wild. The park aims to recreate the African continent, with animals like zebras, Nile crocodiles, giraffes and elephants spread across four main habitats.
Past visitors enjoyed the chance to see the animals close up and found the unique layout an interesting departure from the typical zoo. Keep in mind the Bioparc's rules concerning the animals: They shouldn't be touched or fed, nor should they be disrupted by yelling or flash photography. Other than that, use your common sense: No jumping over the fence to meet the tigers. Reviewers suggested setting aside two to three hours to tour the attraction.
Bioparc Valencia is generally open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; during the summer months it welcomes visitors until 9 p.m. To reach the zoo, you can walk along the Turia riverbed in the direction of Parque de Cabecera or take the metro lines 3, 5 or 9, jumping off at the Nou d'Octubre stop. Bus Nos. 73, 95, 98 and 99 will also take you to the Bioparc. Admission to the zoo costs about 24 euros (around $25) for adults and 18 euros (approximately $19.50) for children 4 to 12. Admission is free for kids 3 and younger. There are several eateries on-site, as well as a playground. For more information, check out the official website.
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The Jardí del Túria (or the Garden of the Turia) might seem odd to newcomers, seeing as how it boasts more than a dozen bridges built to span a river that's no longer there. One of the country's largest urban parks, Jardí del Túria was built after a fatal 1957 flood of the Turia river, which was then diverted over the course of the mid-to-late 1960s. Today, the gardens shelter orange and palm trees and rose bushes among the wide variety of flora. The park's facilities also include cafes, football (i.e., soccer) fields, children's play areas, rugby pitches, fountains, baseball diamonds, running tracks, skate parks and miniature golf courses. Predictably, the park is especially popular with runners and cyclists. It is also ideal for families with children.
The green space is highly appreciated by recent visitors for the range of activities on offer as well as the peaceful atmosphere.
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