Family travel is a big thing in our family. That’s why we took a week vacation with the kids before I headed back to work at the end of my second mat leave and decided to start our trip visiting family in Montreal.
I’d been wanting to take the kids to the Zoo for a very long time, so this was the perfect opportunity to take both our kids and my brother’s kids to see the animals at Granby Zoo.
Located about an hour away from Montreal, Granby Zoo is a great day to spend a fun-filled family day!
While we debated going because we couldn’t get there before noon-1pm, I’m so glad we made the decision to go! The kids had a blast, even our 1 year old!
- Family travel can be hassle-free if you’re prepared! Check out my post on my 3 secrets to stress-free outings with the kids.
What to expect when you arrive at Granby Zoo
The Zoo is located in the heart of Granby. Given that it’s in the middle of the city, the parking can be a little difficult to figure out if you show up later in the day.
Having said that, once you’re parked, indications to the Zoo are very easy to follow.
Once you’re in, the Zoo is divided into continents, in the addition to the Amazoo water park. They have an interactive map online to check it out ahead of time. You can also download it on your phone once you get there, or pick up a paper copy.
Family travel can get expensive. Admittedly, prices are a little steep if you’re a large family:
- $40+tx per adult
- $30+tx per child 3-12
- $13+tx per 2 y.o. child
- free for kids under 2
These prices are for park admission only and there are additional costs for various things inside, such as the camel ride.
Having said that, if you’re planning on going for more than a day, you can pick up a 2-day ticket and save. Doing the water park and the zoo on the same day would be too much. So if you’re looking to get the whole experience, this ticket might be perfect for you!
You can view the most updated rate information on their website.
Just like at Disney parks, you can rent single or double strollers, as well as small wagons! The single and double strollers have canopies and have somewhat reclined seats, so your kiddos could get a more comfortable nap.
We also saw a lot of people using them simply to carry their things around!
While this area is currently under construction, it didn’t deter us from seeing the most amazing animals! Elephants, giraffes, zebras! All together in the same lot = very awesome!
Make sure you also check out the hippo tank!
Believe it or not, the kangaroos roam free in this section of the Zoo!
While there are ropes to deter people from going into the habitat, the kangaroos are free to roam among the people.
At the aquarium, you can view a great variety of fish, and even touch sting rays at their touch tank!
Feeding the birds
Kids young and old get the chance to feed birds at the Oceania Gardens. You can purchase nectar ($2) and feed the birds right from your hand!
The kids loved getting so close to the birds!
There’s also a neat little play area for the kids with bouldering spaces.
For an additional 3.50$ per person (free for kids 2 and under), you can take a short train ride through the Oceania and Asia sections of the park. The ride will give you an overview of what to see in those areas, including tigers, monkeys, and even dinosaurs!
The Zoo offers plenty of options if you’re looking to eat on site, including ice cream (with a delicious vegan option!!) and snack-type options.
If you’re looking to save a little, you’re allowed to bring in your own lunch. They even have microwaves at your disposal in the main restaurant area!
There are picnic tables throughout the park, so you can sit anytime to have your meal.
We unfortunately didn’t have time to visit Asia, the water park or the amusement park (yup! they even have small roller coasters for the kiddies) but we’ll make sure to go next time!
Tips and Suggestions
- If there are at least 5 of you (including at least 3 adults), make sure to get their 5-people online-only ticket before heading over. You could save up to $50 if you’re 5 adults.
- While general parking is free, you have the option of paying $10 for VIP parking and park right next to the front entrance. Arrive early enough to have access to this option!
- There’s a lot to see! So if you want to do both the water park and see the animals, I suggest you get a 2-day pass.
There you have it! I hope you plan a trip to this amazing park! We’ll sure plan to go again!