Parc Phoenix is a zoo and botanic garden with hundreds of species of flora and fauna situated on 7 hectares in the l'Arenas district on Nice's southwestern edge. Some of the animals here are free-roaming, including ducks, pelicans, swans and turtles, but others are caged.

The greenhouse occupies 7,000 square meters of space and is one of the largest greenhouses in Europe. Its 7 zones offer hundreds of different species of native and exotic plants in bursts of brilliant, perfumed colors.  Since its opening in 1990, the park has been a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike.

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Highlights and features of Parc Phoenix

Parc Phoenix displays over 2,500 species of plants from all over the world in themed neighborhoods. These include Fountain, Pyramid and Trail, The Oasis, The Provencal Shed, The Valley of Grasses, The Vegetable Garden, Citrus Fruits, The Island of the Past, Palm Collection, Sages, Scented plants and others.

The gardens also house over 2,000 animals spread among 70 different species. Some are free-roaming and some are in enclosures. These include mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and unusual animals such as the Falabella horse, domestic Vietnamese pigs,  dwarf rabbits, dwarf goats and dwarf silk hens, among others.

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What to know before visiting Parc Phoenix

Parc Phoenix is a family-friendly park with a low admission fee that is further discounted with a Nice Museums Pass card, and it's free for those under 12 years old (up to 3 per paying adult). Two nearby carparks offer paid parking spaces, or you can get there via train, bus, streetcar or Metro.

Services onsite include a snack cafe with beverages, ice cream, sandwiches and lite fare. Toilets are accessible onsite with changing neighborhoods. Wheelchair and stroller loans are available but availability may be limited. The park also offers a children's play area.

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Parc Phoenix

Location: 405 Prom. des Anglais, 06200 Nice, France

Phone: +33 (0)4 92 29 77 00