The world’s best zoos should be on your family’s travel bucket list

Many of us treasure our memories of a childhood trip to the zoo.

Also, a zoo trip can be the highlight of your family vacation for little ones, so when building your trip itineraries, don’t forget to add some of the Best Zoos in the World to your list.

San Diego Zoo


It’s home to more than 3,500 rare animals (more than 650 species) and 700,000 exotic plants. As you’d expect from a world-leading tourist attraction, there are plenty of activities for kids, including the bus tour, gondola rides, and the memorable Skyfari.

Beauval Zoo (France)


Highlights include a fun seal show and a spectacular bird display, when over 500 owls, cranes, pelicans, storks, and others swoop gracefully overhead- a magical and unforgettable experience.

Pairi Daiza (Belgium)


Spread over 70 acres, Pairi Daiza is home to 7,000 animals, including various endangered species which are part of a protection and breeding program.

Ueno Zoo (Japan)


One of Japan’s most famous zoos, the traditionally laid-out Ueno Zoo is home to many unusual animals, such as Hokkaido brown bears, Japanese macaques, and wild cormorants.

Berlin Zoo (Germany)


You’ll be wowed by the only giant pandas in Germany and endangered great apes such as orangutans, Eastern lowland gorillas, and chimpanzees – which are always a big hit with kids.

Taronga Zoo (South Africa)


Lots of entertaining animals such as the squirrel & tamarin monkeys and the echidnas in this small, suburban zoo earned it a spot on this list of best zoos in the world.

Schönbrunn Zoo (Austria)


The zoo itself houses more than 4,000 animals from each continent, so there’s plenty to fascinate budding naturalists. And, of course, they’ll be thrilled by the prospect of a visit to the Bat Cave!

Chester Zoo (England)


Chester Zoo is a year-round, full-day visitor attraction accessible for everyone.  As well as the usual big cats and African giants, kids will be enchanted by the antics of the meerkats, lemurs, and bats.

Valencia Biopark (Spain)


You’ll feel you’re in Africa as natural habitats are accurately recreated, but you’re really in Europe.

Tierpark Hagenbeck (Germany)


Animals are in naturalistic enclosures and expect to see rabbits, peacocks, and birds just wandering around. It’s one of the most family-friendly zoos on our list.

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