European best destinations 2024 - Riga

Riga National Zoological Garden (Riga ZOO) is the oldest zoo in the Baltic States, which boasts about 400 species of animals and about 3,000 animals.

Its overall strategic objective is to maintain the only national zoo, to educate the public about the fauna of Latvia and the world and its protection, to promote a healthy lifestyle and tourism with its offer of quality recreation, to carry out research and to contribute to the conservation of rare and disappearing species while ensuring a high level of welfare for the animals in the zoo.

Riga ZOO is located in the picturesque Mežaparks neighbourhood, where one can enjoy a leisurely walk alone or in the company of family, friends, and work colleagues, learning more about the ever-changing animal kingdom. Riga ZOO has animals from all around the world, from the tall giraffes and brave lions to the busy ants and colourful fish. The animals can be seen in both outdoor and indoor enclosures — in the Tropical House, Terrarium, Aquarium, the House of Amphibians, and elsewhere.

Riga ZOO offers educational and attractive guided tours, classes, and field trips. The zoo also offers an opportunity to purchase a personalized annual subscription, which allows its holder to visit Riga ZOO and its branch "Cīruļi" 365 days a year! The zoo also has gift cards on the offer so you can surprise your close ones with a meaningful and wonderful gift!

Riga ZOO has a wonderful picnic area on the bank of Ķīšezers lake. A children’s playground is available too. Visitors appreciate annual events such as the Days of Animals, Days of Birds, Winter Nights, the Tropical Month, and others. 

It is easy to get to Riga ZOO by car or by public transportation —you can take tram number 11, bus numbers 9 or 48. The car can be parked in the pay car park.

Learn more about the Riga ZOO on

Tickets can also be purchased online here




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