Many families are traveling to Budapest and may searching for program possibilities to do with their children. Therefore one of my weekend programs was to spend one day in Budapest Zoo to collect some tips and ideas. I was a little kid when I last visited the Zoo years ago, but since then it has developed and extended with many children-friendly areas. Right at the entrance you will receive a Zoo map by which you can walk around the area. Since many animal and plant species can be discovered I tried to summarise my best experience including good-to-know information.
Location: Budapest Zoo, 1146 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 6-12.
Opening hours: 9.00AM – 4.00PM
Duration: 1 day
Tickets: can be purchased on spot or online
Zoo biscuits: zoo biscuits can be purchased at the zoo area from machines. Price is around 1 EUR
Best Parts of Budapest Zoo
1. America Tropicana
In this showroom you can discover tropical plants and animals native to America. In some parts of the building you feel like walking in tropical rainforest where you can meet with colourful birds. Different kind of exotic animals are presented as well such as the American Alligator and Green Anaconda. You can get into the Aquarium establishment through one of the side wings where species of Tropical America are introduced, like freshwater rays, electric eels and so on. As part of the establishment you can also see giant sea otters who are very cute animals swimming around in the water.
This region has many parts to discover: by walking along the Australian Path you can meet with animals in the Australian showroom and the Australian and Wombat House as well . The Australian zone gives home to species of Kangaroos, Wombats, exotic birds as the Cassowaries and reptiles from the southern continent. Some of the Kangaroos come so near to the fence that sometimes you can easily pet them.
Be there programmes! What can be more interesting for children than to see animals in action. Different kind of animal programmes are held several times a day in the zoo area. Check out the timetable here!
3. Little Rock
Despite its name the Little Rock is not so little, actually its a quite large establishment which is exciting to discover. While climbing up on the hill you may see such animals like Polar Bears, Penguins and Sea Dogs. In case you get hungry for a hamburger or thirsty for a juice you will find a Bufé and restaurant for your service within the Rock.
The Savanna zone introduces indigenous species from the African Savanna. Mostly you can see large mammals such as giraffe, zebra, elephant, rhinoceros and camels. If you’re lucky, you can attract some of them to the fence with some zoo biscuits. The camels especially like these kind of treats.
5. ‘Once Upon A Time’ Castle
The ‘Once Upon A Time’ Castle was our final station. This is a newly developed playground of Budapest Zoo specifically created for children. Several programs, playgrounds, jungle gyms and animal showrooms are waiting for children. You can take a ride on the Marry-go-Round, the little railway or pet farm animals like goats, ponies, and horses. One of the indoor showrooms is furnished exactly like a mini town for quinea pigs. In the Castle area the fabulous Palace can be discovered where children can meet with the myths of legendary Hungarian fairy tales. Moreover, in the yard of the Palace children can try out different kind of crafts, origami, painting and even bake cookies.
There are so many activities and programs to take part in that spending time in ‘Once Upon a Time’ Castle can take at least half a day. Good news, that you can buy separate ticket valid only for ‘Once Upon A Time’ Castle. Therefore you don’t have to visit the Zoo if you would like to enter in the Castle only.
After the end of our day I could honestly say this was a really great and fun activity!