As Europe's largest botanical garden at 7000 sq metres, the "Parc Phoenix" is a green and shady oasis of exotic vegetation. A giant greenhouse contains seven different tropical climates (with a suitably tropical temperature and humidity level).
There's a birdhouse with immensely wise owls, a petting zoo, an orchid garden, an aquarium and a lake with caimans and other creatures. There's a terrarium, a kiddie park, an orchid garden and a pleasing array of fountains. All told, there's 2500 plant species and the animal life is constantly being augmented.
Naturally, the Parc Phoenix is a great spot for kids; there are often school groups in the park. It's best to arrange a morning visit if possible as it's more peaceful. A visit to the Park Phoenix can easily be combined with a visit to the Asian Arts Museum (Musée des Arts Asiatiques which is within the park.
The Parc Phoenix is open daily from 9.30am to 6.30pm, later in summer.
Admission is €5.10 for adults, €3 for juniors up to age 18 and free for kids under 12.
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