Trade the hubbub of Madrid’s busy center for a different kind of Spanish-capital adventure: the Madrid Zoo Aquarium. It is here, out in the city’s largest park, Casa de Campo, that you can have close encounters with several thousands of creatures ranging from kangaroos to bears and even sharks.
Fill your park visit with a slew of wild activities, such as exploring the bird aviary or marveling at the giant pandas — a rare sight given that this is one of the few zoos in the world to house the black and white bears. Other zoo-meets-aquarium highlights include taking in a dolphin show, interacting with reptiles and lemurs, and learning more about venomous creatures such as snakes - just to name a few of the things to do. Indeed, whether you’re keen to see gorillas, rhinos, turtles, elephants, or just about any other animal you can think of, you're bound to come across them here at Madrid’s Zoo Aquarium.
Note that during off-season months, hours are reduced, and many of the onsite cafes do not open, so you may wish to bring your own picnic. Various shows take place during the day, so consider coordinating your visit with what interests you most. Hours are especially reduced during off-season months.