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Zoo Ave

#2 of 38 things to do in Alajuela Features Animals
La Garita de Alajuela, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
506 433 8989
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Nice shady small zoo

Animals here are rescues which for whatever reason can't be returned to the wild. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2015
Charlottesville, Virginia
Nicer than a zoo

I really enjoyed Zoo Ave when I visited yesterday with my girlfriend. This is a place where some... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2015
Greater London, United Kingdom
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While educating the public about local wildlife, this zoo also breeds endangered animals for eventual release to the wild.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“animal rescue” (11 reviews)
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La Garita de Alajuela, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
506 433 8989
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Reviewed 14 May 2015

Animals here are rescues which for whatever reason can't be returned to the wild. Lots of beautiful birds, iguanas, turtles monkeys..... Not too big to walk around easily. Tiny gift shop, some lunch foods . The entry fee goes to animal rescue...

Thank j314
Reviewed 13 May 2015

I really enjoyed Zoo Ave when I visited yesterday with my girlfriend. This is a place where some rescued animals that can't be released end up. Most of the enclosures tell you how many animals of that species they have managed to release back into...More

Thank meshuggahlad
Reviewed 3 May 2015

Great day trip! Zoo Ave is very clean and well kept. The walkways are good and clearly marked. We have been here twice and each time have had a good experience. Great for kids and animal lovers!

Thank Sofiama
Reviewed 29 April 2015 via mobile

Perfect for a day trip! They have done a wonderful job on how clean the place is! I wish it wasn't so expensive for foreigner to get it compared to locals but it's a good place to go!

2  Thank G3BBB
Reviewed 24 April 2015

While staying nearby, we strolled down the road to Zoo Ave and enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon viewing many of the birds we weren't fortunate enough to see in the wild. The grounds are nicely landscaped as well and the location was very peaceful.

2  Thank TravelinGal147289
Reviewed 19 April 2015

I enjoyed this so much. In my many trips to Costa Rica, I finally got to experience it. I took the bus from Alejuela for an unbeliveably low price, and since I told the driver where I was going, he made sure I got off...More

3  Thank heyjudithz
Reviewed 15 April 2015

Back in the 80's when I was a little girl I used to visit the Zoo Ave a lot with my Dad, my treat was the Ostrich... Well, about 30 years later and about 10+ of living abroad, we had a day in CR without...More

Thank Mariasol D
Reviewed 13 April 2015

Large variety of animals, pleasure to see animals are cared for. They have animals from Costa Rica and animals from different parts of the world. Zip lining also available. Great, friendly clean and fun.

Thank maria12341234
Reviewed 26 March 2015

Excellent & a natural environment for birds, animals etc; a great way to spend the better part of the day!! The admission fee for tourists was inflated.

Thank desktop2015
Reviewed 25 March 2015

The title of this place is a zoo but it is really an animal rescue. They take in animals that have been harmed, can't survive in the wild, or are illegally obtained, smuggled, etc. It is neat to visit because you can see native animals...More

Thank Michelle J
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Do you have public WiFi? Need to check in for a return flight during our visit to Zoo Ave. Thank you.
12 April 2017|
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Response from Katherine A | Reviewed this property |
Yes there definitely is!!
Are there lockers there or a place to store luggage while visiting the zoo?
21 March 2017|
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Response from Sgiglia17 | Reviewed this property |
We left our luggage in the car with our driver. I bet it would be safe to leave your luggage in the office. If you are uncomfortable, you may want to purchase some luggage locks.
Adam N
Jacqueline N, you mentioned that the admission fee was a bit high, but can you elaborate? If you don't mind, can I ask what you paid for an adult to enter the park?
28 October 2016|
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Response from Silvian H | Reviewed this property |
The price is $20 for non-residents.