The Riyadh Zoo is a not to be missed attraction if you are in the city with children. Spread over 55 acres of land, this zoo is the largest in Saudi Arabia and is one of the most popular leisure facilities in the city. Home to over 1500 animals, 40 species of animals and birds including flamingos, bears, reptiles, seals, kangaroos and more, inhabiting this well landscaped zoo, visitors will definitely want to spend a few hours at the least, exploring the fascinating zoo. Initially set up in 1957, the Riyadh Zoo has undergone refurbishment and has now become one of the most visited attractions in the city. It is also home to the Riyadh Zoological Gardens and has exhibits on zoology and numerous forms of fauna and flora. A fun way to see the zoo with kids would be to take a 20 minute train ride inside the zoo and cover a good portion of it. With much to see, the zoo should be on every tourists list to visit especially when in the country with family.
The zoo is open from 9 am-6 pm on all days of the week except on Saturday. However visitors should know that the zoo is reserved for men on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while women can visit the zoo on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Two to three hours
Families, adults, young adults, children, senior citizens
The entire zoo, with all its different and fascinating animals
Muslim visitors will be able to find prayer facilities within the zoo, as prayer halls are conveniently located inside, so that visitors will not have to leave the premises at prayer time but can instead offer their prayers in the prayer hall and carry on with their tour of the zoo.
Finding Halal food in the zoo will not be a problem as the zoo is known to have restaurants and a small café. Also, since all food outlets in Saudi Arabia are Muslim-friendly and serve only Halal cuisine visitors to the zoo can get something to eat at any of them without a worry.