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Jardim Zoológico is located in the neighborhood of São Cristóvão. Inaugurated in 1945 and recently renovated to give the animals a better living space, there is a wide variety of rare and endangered Brazilian species including nocturnal ones. There is also a large walk-through aviary that is sure to thrill grown-ups and children alike. To make things even better for the kids, there is a shop selling stuffed animals from the various regions in Brazil.
Explore Rio's spectacular natural landscapes through the exhaustive hiking and adventure tours offered by Rio Hiking. Established in 1999, the setup has been delighting adventure enthusiasts with their exciting tours that go beyond most guidebooks. From hiking tours in Tijuca and Pedra da Gavea to scuba diving and hang-gliding, they have something for everyone. Group packages are available, and they can also arrange for accommodation. Check website for details.
Jardim Botânico or the Botanical garden makes for a fun and educational day trip with your kids. Spread across an area of 140.83 hectares (348 acres) and housing nearly 6000 species of plants and shrubs, it is a must visit attraction, while in Rio de Janeiro. You can also avail services of tourist guides who will take you through the garden and give an in-depth explanation on variety of trees and plant specimens.