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Tropical World, Letterkenny

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Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Tropical World at Alcorn’s, Letterkenny, has best be described by patrons as both “Donegal’s hidden gem” and the “one must see attraction to visit in Donegal”.

Tropical World is a fully licensed zoo with an astonishing array of animals, from a dazzling display of butterflies to the world’s smallest monkeys alike.

The incredible butterfly house is still the star attraction, with hundreds of amazing tropical butterflies of all shapes and sizes, all in free-flight around you as you immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the rainforest.

As you leave Letterkenny’s own slice of the Amazon, you’re greeted by the sounds from the tree topped canopies, with beautiful birds of all shapes and sizes from around the globe calling you on.

Only after you reach the reptile house can you begin to meet the lemurs and miniature primates that call Tropical World home, along with the raccoons, owls, wallabies, prairie dogs and everyone’s favourite, our family of Meerkats.

The overwhelming feeling you get while walking around, is happiness. This is coming from both animals and the visitors, with squawks from the animals and cheers from children in equal measure.

Tropical World is open 7 days a week and 70% is under cover, so a great day out is guaranteed, whatever the weather!

Amenities include: Full wheelchair accessibility, baby changing facilities, gift shop, picnic area, on-site cafe and to tire the kids out, the fabulous (and fully covered) Monkey Swing Indoor Play Area
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  • We were expecting something very small attached to the garden centre - but turned out to be much bigger, with a good variety of animals - look well kept and healthy. I especially enjoyed the...  more »
  • At just €9 for a ticket, this was a great way to spend an hour or two! The selection of animals was brilliant, mostly focused on smaller animals, which I personally prefer. Lots of monkeys! They were....  more »
  • We went to visit this place on a rainy day and I have to say it was great! Our kids age 3 and 5 absolutely loved the tip. They even have a couple of dinosaurs in there 🙃 Very clean, owners were nice and friendly, good coffee, nice shop and playing area for children :) I highly recommend a visit to this mini zoo :)
  • Didn't know what to expect when we arrived as plant nursery beside. Kids really enjoyed it good selection of animals v entertaining. Had lunch in the tea room again very good
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