Visit to Parc Phoenix
Two weeks ago we went to Parc Phoenix during our holiday in Nice, France. This was behind our hotel on to 3 minutes walk. We stayed at the IBIS hotel. The hotel was clean, cosy and they have a super friendly staff. We could even walk to it from Nice Airport. It was also super closeby Phoenix park, train stations and restaurants. We didn’t need a taxi which saved us a lot of time!
Parc Phoenix is the only place in Nice where you can see exotic plants and animals, such as flamingos and marsupials. The living spaces of the animals are divided into different groups, such as land animals, marine animals and tropical animals. In the park you will find a small terrace with food stalls where people sell burgers, paninis and pizzas. So you can buy something tasty here, or bring your own lunch and have a picnic with the family.
So what did we see here?
Birds: macaw parrots, peacocks, cranes, rheas, raptors, kookaburras and anatidae.
Small mammals: otters, wallabies, porcupines, lemurs and brush monkeys.
Reptiles: boas, collared turtles & iguanas.
If you walk through the garden, you will discover Mediterranean plant species and succulents. In the greenhouse of Phoenix Park you will find:
The South African greenhouse: bulbous Liliaceae, flowering Proteaceae, euphorbia rock plants and many others.
We also saw the central conservatories like; palm trees, coconut palms, pandanus pothos and Caribbean balisiers.
The fern greenhouse: tree ferns, undergrowth ferns and epiphytic ferns…
Also the Louisiana greenhouse and its pond and a orchid greenhouse.
These are more than 2,500 plant and animal species who live in these areas, some of which are rare. You will also discover turtles, crocodiles, koi carp and flamingos.
Take a tour of the Insectarium where you can discover more than 70 different species: butterflies, praying mantises and fasma’s…
The centrally located pyramid-shaped conservatory was named “The Green Diamond”. Here, various tropical and subtropical climates are simulated, this ensures that you end up in a warm and humid environment where you can admire the most unique plants. We came here with almost 40 degrees which left us super overheated in the piramide so we did a quick round inside. Luckily outside the piramide there is a lot to see too.
In the Phoenix park you can not only visit the many plant and animal species, but there are also regular exhibitions organized on various interesting topics.
So what about the prices & overall experience
I was amazed by the prices because it was insanely cheap. Kids are free and adults pay 5,20. It is really a wide parc where you can see a lot of different species. It is definitely worth the price. We spend an hour and a half watching the animals and enjoying a cola-slushie which they sell at the bar there. My son (8) was amazed by the insects and pink group of flamingos.
1 April to 30 September: 9.30 – 19.30
1 October to 31 March: 9.30 – 18.00
Closing time: 1 hour in advance. ( website )
Address; 405, Promenade des Anglais
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