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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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If you want to just take a leisurely walk and take pictures with animals, this is your place. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ottawa, Canada
Surprisingly comprehensive collection in a very pretty setting

Zoos can be interesting and yet quite sad. This place is a joy because the animals are often... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
Washington, DC area
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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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“enclosures” (24 reviews)
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La Garita de Alajuela, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
506 433 8989
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to just take a leisurely walk and take pictures with animals, this is your place. The animals are well taken care of and have lots of room to run. The monkeys are so curious and like to watch the tourists.

Thank mfish083
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Zoos can be interesting and yet quite sad. This place is a joy because the animals are often rescue survivors and the setting is very attractively laid out. They seemed to apologize for the cost, but $15 or $20 per person is not bad for...More

Thank masuke
Reviewed 13 April 2017

This is an ideal family excursion for all ages. Zooave is a special kind of "zoo" in that the animals have been rescued from injuries and illness and are helped and protected until that they can be released back to the wild. They are living...More

Thank Penny W
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Aside from being close to San Jose, ZooAve has a beautiful collection of birds and other animals endemic to Costa Rica. Being a rescue center for animals found in captivity illegally add to the importance of the place and raises awareness in the damage humans...More

Thank Cindy A
Reviewed 4 April 2017

The selection of birds is outstanding along with the fact it is breeding and rehabilitation area to repopulate them to other parts of Costa Rica made it especially great. Also, the natural wildlife setting for many animals made some areas seem more a walk in...More

Thank Woodcamski
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Only 15 to 20 minutes from the airport, this is good activity before jumping your late afternoon flight back to the US. Plan on spending 90 to 120 mintues touring the small zoo park. You will see many species of various animals from birds of...More

1  Thank Mark H
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

If you're in the area, would recommend not missing this zoo. There are huge iguanas and peacocks wandering the grounds, and many other beautiful animals. Plenty of colorful parrots and macaws, and a toucan with a prosthetic bill! Even a few sloths, which are actually...More

2  Thank joemed2001
Reviewed 28 March 2017

We went here for our kid's 3rd birthday. We had planned to spend a few hours, but in the end we went fairly quickly through the park (kid was whiny and hungry). The place is really nice, though, and it's great that it's a sanctuary...More

1  Thank CostaRicaOutsider
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

It is not a zoo although it works in very close similar concept. I loved to hear that their main purpose is conservatism therefor animals there is because they were rescued. The have long trails and lots of animals specially birds.

1  Thank Ken S
Reviewed 16 March 2017

we got the feeling of Costa Rica here - all kind of exotic animals: we saw monkeys, Alligator, toucan, etc. All kinds of Beautiful flowers and trees around as well. we loved this place, the only downsize of it - if you are a tourist,...More

1  Thank qw4321
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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?
20 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.