Travel Tuesday: Avilon Zoo

During N’s 2nd birthday last month, my husband told me that he wanted to take our daughter to a special place where she could learn and enjoy at the same time.

We initially planned of taking her to an amusement park within the city but we’ve already been to most of them, even the one in Subic. We wanted to go a place that N’s hasn’t been to yet, and the word Avilon Zoo finally came out. I haven’t been there either.

We left our house at about 7AM and drove to Avilon Zoo for an hour. It was on a Thursday so the heavy traffic wasn’t much of a concern for us. When we arrived at Avilon, we thought that it was closed because it was so quiet and seemed that no guests were coming in. I told my husband to inquire inside as N and I waited inside the car.

That’s when it hit us, it was a weekday and nobody really goes to Avilon Zoo on these days. We were told that most visitors come on weekends, including the students who are in an educational trip.

When my husband told me to get off the car, I felt excited for N. My husband has been to Avilon Zoo in 2007 during his Academy’s Environmental Science trip. He only has good words for this zoo so it made me more curious as to what it has to offer.

I know what your next question is, how much is an entrance ticket to Avilon Zoo? This is the best photo I got when it comes to the rates and schedule posted near the cashier’s office. I suggest to the zoo management that they make this post bigger and more presentable for the guests.

If you go inside Avilon, you won’t be disappointed though. When we were there, it wasn’t very hot and it was a perfect day for strolling. The whole zoo is clean and neat, though a bit stinky in some areas because of the animals. The restrooms I’ve used were also clean.


Noa enjoyed chasing after the ducks, and watching the swans swim in the pond.

What I love most about Avilon Zoo is of course, the animals that you can observe and learn about. Avilon Zoo has a lion, bear, tigers (Bengal and White), crocodiles, jaguars, and leopard to name a few.

My husband and I enjoyed spending the day with N because we felt that she really enjoyed her first visit at the Zoo. The animals that we read about in books finally comes to life!

This is the section for reptiles. Unfortunately, no picture taking is allowed so I couldn’t post some pictures here. But we saw a King Cobra here, and different kinds of pythons.

I highly recommend visiting Avilon Zoo for every family. I’m sure that all family members will enjoy at the same time learn here. If I may add, you also have the option to hire a tour guide to maximize your visit.

It is also advisable to bring a stroller if you have a toddler since the zoo area is really huge so that you won’t get tired carrying them. Though in some places that there are no ramps, you need to carry your stroller through the stairways.

Putting on sunblock and bringing in some umbrellas won’t also hurt.

As for the food, you can bring your packed ones but they are subject to a corkage fee. Don’t worry because there are available packed lunches at the zoo for a little over Php100.00.

Extra Info: Commuting to Avilon Zoo.

Well, that’s it! I hope you find this post helpful as you plan your family’s trip to Avilon Zoo. Avilon Zoo is a 7.5-hectare zoo located in Barrio San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal, Philippines. It is operated by the Avilon Wildlife Conservation Foundation, which also operates the Ark Avilon Zoo. Wikipedia

Have you ever been to Avilon Zoo? What is your family’s favorite hang-out place? ❤

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