To see tropical animals in St. Petersburg, a city better known for its subzero winters, visit Ekzoopark. A family-friendly destination regardless of the weather, the indoor park is home to more than 400 species (some endangered) from habitats such as deserts, rain forests, and savannas.
Animals from Africa, South America, Australia, and Asia live in Ekzoopark’s warm enclosures, which mimic their natural habitats. Tropical birds, amphibians, reptiles, and various mammals are all represented, some of which can’t be found in other zoos or parks in Russia. To save time at the entrance, purchase your ticket in advance.
Things to Know Before You Go
Plan to spend about two hours at Ekzoopark.
The park isn’t wheelchair-accessible.
Weekend tickets are more expensive.
How to Get There
Ekzoopark is located in the TPK Mall, southeast of central St. Petersburg.The best way to get there is by metro: take line 5 to Bukharestskaya station, then walk a few minutes southwest to the park. Alternatively, drive or take a taxi.
When to Get There
Ekzoopark is open daily from late morning until late evening. For fewer crowds, go on a weekday.
Visit the St. Petersburg Zoo
Families and animal lovers should also check out the St. Petersburg Zoo (aka Leningrad Zoo). Home to species from Russia and around the world, the zoo was established in the mid-19th century.
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