Rotterdam Zoo With Kids

Rotterdam Zoo With Kids

This morning we headed out to check out the Rotterdam Zoo. Although we can drive there, and probably will in the future, today we biked to the Delft train station and took the #40 bus (the local bus organization is called: RET). The bus takes about 30min and drops you off less than a block from the new main entrance to the zoo. (Parking is normally €8 but with a season pass it drops to €5.)   You can rent a cute little zoo stroller for €2.5, but beware, the stroller is only a one-seater. We opted for a carrier and had H walk. When I drive I will bring our two-place stroller with us.  As a note, the Rotterdam Zoo is actually closer to our house than the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was to our home in Colorado!

Prarie Dogs Rotterdam Zoo

The Rotterdam Zoo is hands-down one of the best zoos I have been to. The animals are close and offered from multiple views. There is so much to see here we were not able to do and see it all in our morning visit. (That’s why we got season passes!)

Parrot at Rotterdam Zoo

Rotterdam Zoo Beavers

Most of the enclosures have indoor viewing areas or are completely indoors, which makes this an acceptable outing for a rainy day. This is basically most days in the Netherlands!

Rotterdam Zoo Stork Viewing

The zoo is FULL of baby animals. It has been a year of births for the zoo. We were able to watch two baby gorillas with their moms. One cheerfully playing, venturing just a bit away from mom and the other feeding in the corner. A baby elephant found himself stuck trying to run up the side of a sand pit. We did not see the polar bear babies but that is at the top of the list for our next visit. Oh, and two new giraffes are on the way too.

Rotterdam Zoo Elephants

There is an indoor playground, which seems to be a thing most places have here. The playground is quite advanced and was not at all suitable for little O and barely manageable by H. Kids slightly older though were enjoying what in the U.S. would pass for a low ropes course.

Rotterdam Zoo Playground

The zoo is quite large. We worked our way from the main entrance to the city side entrance and hit a few little things on the way back. There is a “train” that runs between the entrances. (It has covered cars pulled by a golf cart.)

Cake & Coffee at Rotterdam Zoo

We sampled two of the restaurants available at the zoo. We stopped in for coffee and cake around ten and then for a full lunch around noon. At lunch we all split two soups with bread and a chicken satay plate with fries and pickled vegetables. The lines were long, so I would advise going to lunch a bit before or a bit after noon. After lunch, we made the mistake of walking past the indoor playground. This was a mistake because we cannot walk past a playground without stopping for H to play.

Pelican at the Rotterdam Zoo

Nesting Crane Rotterdam Zoo


Bird at the Rotterdam Zoo

There are also a ton of activities each day (feedings, presentations and special tours), none of which we participated in on our first visit. I promise to update you though if I find something amazing.

Rotterdam Zoo Rhino

Rope Bride Rotterdam Zoo

Rotterdam Zoo Tiger

The Rotterdam Zoo is certainly worth a visit and we cannot wait to go back!


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6 thoughts on “Rotterdam Zoo With Kids”

  • This looks like a great zoo. I feel bad that my youngest has not actually visited a zoo yet. They are pretty expensive to go to when you’re paying for 5 people. The last zoo we took our daughters’ too was Howletts in Canterbury UK. It is a fabulous zoo too. Sarah #whatevertheweather

    • It is such a nice outing with the littles and close enough that I can take just the littlest one while the big one is in school. The weather is not always great but the animals do not seem to mind at all. Some of our best zoo viewing has been on rainy days! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Wow, that zoo looks amazing! I wish I lived close to Rotterdam! Our nearest zoo is Edinburgh, and that’s about 2 hours from us.

    No wonder you got season passes!

  • Wow, it does look pretty cool! I love that you can view the animals from different directions, probably means you will actually get to watch the animals properly. The indoor play area looks cool too, maybe in a year or so you’ll be getting use out of it? Our nearest is also Edinburgh, which is ok, but I find the enclosures too small! Fantastic that Rotterdam zoo has lots of babies too.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  • This zoo looks amazing!!! I adore the indoor play area too, it looks huge and all the baby animals sound sooooooo cute. Our zoos are pretty pants near us and only have a really small handful of animals. They’re such great places to visit on a family day out. Thank you so, so much for linking to #whatevertheweather xx

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