On a trip to visit the city of Merida, Mexico, we found the Parque Zoológico del Centenario near our Air BnB. The park is free, and very popular, and we thought it would be fun to check out.

The park is easy to get to, and we used Google Maps for directions. It looks like there is just street parking there, but I could be wrong.

We walked to the zoo from our Merida AirBnB. Merida can be very hot, and when we went in July, it was around 100 degrees F every day.

It is easy to spot the zoo, and there is a lovely fountain in the front.

We walked around for a little bit before arriving at the zoo and train area. It is nice that there are plenty of spots to sit and hang out in the shade.

There are many vendors around the park, and plenty of snacks and souvenirs to choose from, as well as bathrooms and playgrounds.

The zoo is very family-friendly, with lots of things for younger children.

We had heard about the rocketship at the zoo, which is a popular spot.

There are lots of spots to stop and relax in the park.

Be prepared to pay a restroom attendant for toilet paper before entering the bathrooms. This is a common practice in Mexico and does not cost much.

We decided to ride the train around the park to get an idea of the layout of the zoo. You have to buy a ticket for the train, which I believe was only one Mexican peso.

There are no animals until you enter through the Zoo arch in the park. Outside of the animal exhibits, there are are vendors, playgrounds, and areas to wander.

There are a variety of animals in the exhibits, from birds to tigers.

While I am not a fan of animals in captivity in general, I felt the enclosures for the larger animals were too small. However, it was good to see that the exhibits looked like they were well kept.

This was the primate exhibit, which had a nice design.

It was nice to spend a couple hours walking around and exploring the zoo, and to see such a popular Merida destination.

Check out our other Mexico blog posts here.

Here are some other nice places to visit around Akumal:
Akumal Natura Reserve, Akumal
Cenotes Casa Tortuga, Tulum
Cenote Cristalino, Puerto Aventuras
Cenote Jaguar, Tulum
Cenote Wayak, Santa Cruz, Tulum
Cenote Zacil-Ha, Tulum
Yal Ku Lagoon, Akumal
Zazil Kin Beach, Tulum


About the Author: Marysa

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