The largest zoo in Saudi Arabia began in 1957 as a small-scale menagerie that housed animals gifted to members of the Al Saud ruling clan. Refurbished and opened to the public in 1987, its highlights include the houbara bustard, which is almost extinct in the wild in Saudi Arabia. Opening hours are complicated and vary with prayer times – ring ahead for details.
Late afternoon is the best time to visit, when the weather is cooler. Kids can sit in the mini train rides designed for entertainment.