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Zoo Aquarium

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Madrid Zoo - One of the many inhabitants enjoying a little attention
One of the inhabitants of the zoo aquarium

The Zoo Aquarium in Madrid is an exciting day out for the family. It incorporates several outdoor areas with an interesting variety of animals, together with an amazing aquarium, full of colour.

We have given detailed information about how to get there, and what times the zoo is open. There are also useful tips and hints to help you plan your trip, like the special farm area for the kids.

The Zoo Aquarium in Madrid offers a day out for the family. It stretches over some 20 hectares and can hold up to 3,000 visitors in one go - making it popular. The fact that in can be accessed by a short trip on the metro makes it even more appealing as a daytrip destination.

How To Travel To The Zoo Aquarium

If you are traveling on the metro, get onto the blue line (no.10) in the direction of Casa de Campo. Central points to pick up the blue line are either Alonso Martinez or Tribunal. From here the journey takes about 15 minutes. When you get off the metro you will see green signs in the station that will point you in the direction of the zoo. Exit the metro following these signs.

The zoo is well signposted from outside, and is approximately a 15 minute walk along a wooded footpath. At the end of the footpath you will see a small hermitage. Here you need to turn right and follow the road for a few metres until you see the entrance to the zoos carpark.

Inside The Zoo Aquarium

Outdoor enclosures in the Madrid Zoo
You'll find both outdoor and indoor enclosures for the animals in the zoo aquarium

The zoo comprises a wide variety of animals that you would expect, and in addition there is an aquarium that specialises in tropical marine life. The array of fish is bound to keep you riveted for quite a while. There is also an amazing selection of coral, which is said to be one of the most impressive in Europe.

More entertainment is in the form of a dolfinarium that can hold up to 3,000 people. The dolphin show is popular, and the dolphins are quite impressive. The children are bound to love them.

There are more than 500 species of animals from 5 different continents in the zoo, and over 200 species within the aquarium. You're bound to see something that you haven't seen before.

tip Don't miss the displays put on by the exotic birds and the birds of prey. Information about the times of the shows is available at the entrance.

Zoo Aquarium Farm

There's the chance to get up close to many animals in the farm (La Granja). Several species of domestic animals, such as donkeys, are kept there as part of a program to educate children about the workings of a farm. The children seem to get more excited about these more familiar animals, just because they can stroke them, than they do about the wild animals.

tip Make your day extra special and get 'face to face' with the dolphins. (Weekend reservations must be submitted before the preceding Thursday.) If you reserve in advance through the following:

Email address: [email protected]

You can book the 90 minute guided tour that takes you one step closer to the dolphins. Or you may also enquire in the information office at the entrance to the zoo aquarium.

The guide will take you to where the dolphins live and explain how they are looked after. You must title your email 'Reserva Interacción con Delfines', and state which weekend, and what time you are interested in. The prices are as follows: Adults - €18.65; children from 3 to 7 - €15.10; children under 3 go free. The zoo aquarium dolphin tour also features a short film, and you get to take photographs of your favourite dolphin at the Zoo aquarium Madrid.

Zoo Aquarium Madrid
Street: Casa de Campo, sin numero

Telephone: +34 91 301 6210
Official Madrid Aquarium website

metroMetro: Casa de Campo (Green Line, L5) or (Dark Blue Line, L10)

January 1 - Febrary 7, 2010
Monday/Friday: 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday/Holiday: 10:30 - 18:00

February 9 - March 27, 2010
Monday/Friday: 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday/Holiday: 10:30 - 19:00

March 28 - April 11, 2010
Monday/Friday: 10:30 - 19:00
Saturday/Holiday: 10:30 - 20:30
29th, 30 and 31st of March and 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April: closing 21:00

April 12 - May 30, 2010
Monday/Friday: 10:30 - 19:00
Saturday/Holiday: 10:30 - 20:30

May 31 - June 30, 2010
Monday/Friday: 10:30 - 20:00
Saturday/Holiday: 10:30 - 20:30

July 1 - August 29, 2010
Monday/Friday: 10:30 - 20:30
Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Holidays: 10:30 - 20:30

June 26 - August 30, 2010
Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Holidays: 20:30 - 00:00 midnight

August 30 - Septembre 19, 2010
Monday/Friday: 10:30 - 19:30
Saturday/Holiday: 10:30 - 20:00

Septembre 20 - October 30 , 2010
Monday/Friday: 11:00 - 18:30
Saturday/Holiday: 10:30 - 19:30

October 31 - December 31, 2010
Monday/Friday: 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday/Holiday: 10:30 - 18:00

Entry fee: Adults €18.65; Children (from 3 to 7) €15.10; Under 3s: free
FREE  Entry with the Madrid Card

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