After a nice evening and yummy dinner at the 'Kloosterbrasserie de Kanunnik' , a good nights sleep and awesome breakfast, we were ready to explore GAIA ZOO in Kerkrade - Limburg - Netherlands.
Usually, I don't visit zoos, nor circuses, but as I was looking for a nice place to visit with the kids and since I don't like rollercoasters a.s.o, I though I'd give GAIA ZOO a try.
Gaia Zoo opened in 2005 , back then under the name of Gaia Park, and is home to around 100 different species on a surface of 25 hectares (62 acres). The zoo is actually named after the Greek goddess of the Earth GAIA.
The enclosures are quite natural and spacious, and there are many elevated observations plateformes so that you can play 'hide and seek' when searching for the animals.
When we entered the park, I thought it was quite small and manageable, but at the end we had to hurry and didn't manage to see all parts of the park.
The central place, with restaurants and bars, toilets, playground, jungle tour and petting zoo is well laid out and the kids can romp and stroll around.
Yet alone the 2.500 sqm big dinausaure-themed indoor playground DinoDome is worth a visit, and next time this will be among our first stops.
We would have loved to spend another few hours at the park, and will definitely be back for another day at GaiaZoo.
To get further details, please check the website of GaiaZoo.
T I P : if you combine your visit to GaiaZoo with an overnight stay, please check out the partner hotels where you will get cheaper entry tickets when purchased at the hotel reception or ask for special package deals ! Great place to stay: Abdij Rolduc !