From the petting zoo to the rainforest
In the petting zoo in the Südpark (South Park), young visitors can stroke the animals: goats and sheep stick their heads through the fencing and wait for titbits. Little rabbits nibble on carrots and hens peck at grains. But the animals don’t just want to be fed, they also love being stroked. If you want to see wild boars, raccoons and foxes up close, the Wildpark (Game Park) is the place to be. The grounds of the game park the Grafenberg Wald are a paradise for lovers of nature, both young and old. It is home to almost all the indigenous animals, like red deer, roe deer, fallow deer, mouflons and wild boar. In the house of the forest school, children can learn about nature: there are various specimens, antlers, an ant colony and a couple of pond aquaria. The Niederheid adventure park is home to goats, poultry and pigs. Children can find out how animals are kept on a farmyard. Young riding fans can be guided through the Niederheid woodlands on horseback. More animals can be discovered at the Aquazoo, which is home to numerous animals, mainly reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. Visitors can view or walk through their habitats – such as a coral reef, a rainforest and a desert. At the same time, you can find out everything you could wish to know about the evolution and history of the earth. (The Aquazoo is currently closed for renovation works.)
Swimming and splashing around
Splashing around, swimming and sliding – indoors or outdoors: with six indoor swimming pools, four open air baths and a recreational pool, Düsseldorf has a wide range of offers for water rats. All indoor swimming pools offer a family day for families and swimming lessons for grown-ups, children and young people. Recreational programmes, such as infant swimming, aqua jogging, snorkelling and hydro-power, are also offered in some swimming pools.