Zoo Barbenhttp://plusthekids.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/60/32/c5/410-Zoo Barben-25-1431955663.jpg
Large Zoo home to a wide range of animals including elephants, leopards & rhino set in a rural setting with many walking trails, picnic areas, playground and cafes.
Huge zoo, many animals I hadn't seen before!
We visited this zoo on a Sunday afternoon, the day that many French families also head out with their families. However it didn't feel overcrowded due to the vast size of the park. We took a picnic lunch and were very pleased to find very large grassed picnic areas dotted all around the park with wooden tables and chairs. There is a huge playground in the centre of the park which is great if you get sick of animal watching. The zoo is very large and so I would recommend prams for youngsters who don't enjoy walking a lot. The paths are not sealed but are good enough for prams and many people were using them. There is a little train at the cost of €1 each that takes you from the entrance and up to the top of the hill which is where the playground and the bulk of the park is. You either take that or take the 150 stairs! We took the stairs and they weren't too arduous and our 5 year old made it with a break halfway up. The day we went it was only about 25 degrees but it felt much warmer and we were very glad of our hats and cold water - both things I suggest you bring! If you are going in the peak of summer I'd suggest an early start. However there are a lot of trees and it is easy to find a bench and sit and take a break. Many animals I had never seen before and all of the signs are in English and French with information easy for the kids to understand. Well maintained and large sized enclosures with shade for the animals. Don't forget the Reptile enclosure which is hidden behind the main ticket office and easily missed! The enclosures are very well designed with lots of viewing spots and so you really feel up and personal with the animals. Only reason I have given them 4 stars instead of 5 is the very, very expensive snack bar. We only bought ice creams but they were really overpriced. Great day out.
- 3-5 years
- 6-9 years
Pros and Cons
- Activities specifically for kids
- Parenting room/facilities
- Picnic areas
- Possible to bring your own food
- Pram friendly
- Room to move and play