When you have kids, the choice to go to children friendly places comes by default. And that’s exactly what happen to our first day of long weekend.
We supposed to leave after lunch like one or two in the afternoon but with the scorching summer heat, we decided to leave later.
Another reason too was we were very tired. On Thursday evening like past nine, we drove to Dubai to pick-up my sister and some of her stuff, then drove back again to Abu Dhabi. We reached home at past one in the morning.
Anyway, we started our trip to Emirates Park Zoo at around 5.30pm from home. I searched for the driving location earlier but it was not really clear. All I know is that I oftentimes see this ‘Emirates Park Zoo’ sign when we are driving to Dubai.
So we decided to take the Mussafah bridge going to Dubai. I was not really sure but anyway we hit the road. Then we reached the 34B exit which was like a big u-turn bridge. We drove straight and further, until we saw the first brown signboard ‘Emirates Park Zoo’ on our right side.
We followed the directions and we finally reached the zoo at almost 6.30pm.
First challenge – the parking space. As it was weekend, the parking area was full. It took us awhile to finally find a space to park our car.
As we approached the entrance, it was full of visitors. Some were busy blocking the entrance stairs as they tried to take photos making the entrance door as a backdrop.
I headed to the ticket area and paid the entrance fees.
Age 0-2 : free
Age 3-5 : AED 10
Age 6 and above : AED 25
And we started our exploration in the Emirates Park Zoo.
They have amphibian and reptiles, ocean park, flamingo park, giraffe park, among others, but what I really liked most was the predators/elephants area.
The good thing about this zoo is the corridors are air conditioned. You will enjoy exploring the area even it is summer time.
But when you explore the section where the camels, chickens and goats are, the smell is not really pleasant.
In general, I think my son enjoyed the trip in Emirates Park Zoo and I would like to visit the place again once the butterfly garden is open.