The Bucharest Zoo is located on the edge of Baneasa forest and is good to visit with kids as the grounds are nice to walk around and the animals are looked after. There are tigers and lions, as well as a good reptile house. The monkey house and bird house are loud and popular. There is ample parking in front of the zoo, space to park bikes and even small carts to help tired legs around the site (get these quickly in the summer months and at weekends!)
Address: Aleea Vadul Moldovei, nr. 4, Sector 1, Bucuresti
Opening: from 9am, closes at 7pm / 5pm (summer / winter)
Tickets: 13 Lei / 6.5 Lei (adults / children)
Always a good place to go. The wooden cars are the best (with the animals).
Affordable and if you avoid the monkeys and birds not quite as bad as you would expect for an Eastern European zoo. It’s fun to leave the pushchair in the car and grab on of the wooden carts to pull the kids around.
Yes, it’s not the greatest zoo in the world, but for an hour or two, it is well worth it. My kids love the lions and then the fish/reptile section, where they have the most enormous snake you are likely to ever see. And the crocs – the kids love this too. A really nice tranquil place, where the kids can run around without you worrying about traffic and crazy drivers. Take your own snacks. They do have toilets, but they are those mobile ones, so not great.
I love bringing my 1 year old to the zoo. We often go early in the morning during the week for a walk around. The animals seem to be quite active around 10 am. Entry fee is very affordable and there are a couple of cafes/restaurants close to the zoo if you fancy a meal or coffee after your visit!
It may not be the best zoo in the world, but it certainly isn’t the worst! The paths around the zoo are well shaded and there are lots of benches which makes summer visits really pleasant. The price means that even a short visit is worthwhile (you can get around the whole zoo in a few hours depending on how much time you want in each area).