Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park- Dyreparken - is the most visited attraction for families with children in Norway. Explore Nordic wilderness and animals like wolf, lynx and moose among many other activities.
Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park - Dyreparken - is situated only 11 km (6 miles) east of Kristiansand. It actually consists of several parks combined; a zoo and an entertainment park with different theme areas, as well as the wet world "Badelandet" - "a park in the park" - where you need an additional ticket.
Kristiansand Zoo is Norway`s most frequently visited attraction covering an area of 150 acres of Nordic terrain. The zoo contains an enclosure for Scandinavian animals such as wolves, elk, lynx, fox and many more. Daily feeding at 1pm.
In the park you will also find exotic animals such as lions and tigers and endangered animals such as the red panda. The Africa exhibition allows you to move along a bridge observing native savanna animals such as giraffe and zebras. The first part of the rain forest is alive with a variety of apes and monkeys. Here you will find an open air area where some of the smaller monkeys run wild amongst the trees and climbling areas and swing on the ropes while you can move amongst them! Deeper into the rain forest, the mist and the humid atmosphere, dark and scary passages lead the way to crocodiles, alligators and many other reptiles - You will find more than 800 animals and birds living in as much freedom as possible in a natural environment.
Badelandet - indoor and outdoor wet world
Badelandet aquapark is the newest addition to the amusement park. It´s a "park in the park" - which means you need an additional ticket to enter. It is also possible to buy combined tickets for both parks. The water world is open from Easter to mid October every year.
Cardamom Town/Kardemomme by
A trip to Cardamom Town (Kardemomme by) is recommended. The town is based on a well-known children's story written by the famous author Thorbjørn Egner and you will meet all the Kardemomme by's characters from the book in the park's main season!
Captein Sabretooth´s World / Kaptein Sabeltanns Verden
Captain Sabretooth´s World is a theme park built around the character Captain Sabretooth. Join the pirate cruise with the black lady and visit the Witch Miriam's enchanted house. In the high season you can meet the pirates several times a day.
KuToppen is a large farm built on top of a hill, inhabited by the characters from a famous norwegian cartoon about farm animals. Kutoppen is the area where you´ll find the most usual norwegian farm animals, such as cows, sheep, goats, hens, pigs and horses. It is also possible to pet and cuddle with the animals, making Kutoppen a very popular attraction for the smallest children.
Pirate world of Abra Havn
In Abra Havn hotel in Dyreparken you can stay in the "real" pirate’s cribs. In 2017 and 2018, the Abra Havn hotel in Dyreparken, Kristiansand was voted the 6th best family hotel in the world by Tripadvisor users.