Calling Kolmården Wildlife Park a zoo is an understatement.
Kolmården Wildlife Park (Swedish: Kolmårdens djurpark) opened in 1965 to preserve polar bears, birds or prey and dolphins and it is now among the largest zoos in Scandinavia with the only gorillas, bottle-nosed dolphins, bush dogs, addax antelopes, oryx antelopes, Asian elephants, takin, Grevy’s zebras, dholes, and ibex in Sweden. But now as the park is celebrating its jubilee year the zoo is evolving into a small theme park with a good family roller coaster, “The dolphin express” and projects for a major coaster investment, Wildfire, a Rocky Mountain, a wooden coaster which will open in 2016.
Like Seaword in America Kolmården wants the best of two worlds: animal preserve and family fun. But can it deliver the ultimate theme park experience?. We think so from our impressions during the visit in June 2015.
First the dolphin show “Life” is magnificent and the cable car safari over some of the enclosures is a very good thing to do, as it means the animals can be in larger enclosures and probably less immediately disturbed. In general the enclosures seems quite large and well maintained and the wildlife part of the park also have a birds of prey display and a seal show. Also there’s a Tropicarium with its motley crew of spiders, sharks, alligators and snakes.
Second, in the Marine World area you find a family roller coaster, “The dolphin express” and around the park several other classic funfair rides (in the world of Bamse kids area). The park have a huge area for the kids to play and parents to eat and relax. You can bring your own picnic or visit one of the park’s 7-9 restaurants.
Kolmården zoo is one of the most family friendly zoos we’ve been to.
Location: 618 92 Kolmården, Sweden
Tickets from SEK 399 day adults
Opens from May from NovemberTop Rides
Safari Cable car
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