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Cuddle fluffy animals at the petting zoo or go for a walk around the park. Tivoli Park is good for family fun and excellent for nature lovers

Domaine Tivoli is a great free to visit park for a quick run or family fun. It’s a smaller, but cozy park in Mechelen with tons to do. It’s definitely worth going just to see their petting zoo..

While this park is most popular for kids, it’s also a good spot to go for a run or walk as it doesn’t tend to be super crowded and has lots of nice green space. Plus, it’s easy to get to from Mechelen centre and has nearby free parking. You can jog or walk on one of their tailor made paths. You’ve got a choice of 800m, 1000m, and 1300m.

Your dog will also love Tivoli Park. Right next to the greenhouses is a great enclosed spot for them to run around and meet doggy friends

  • There’s a bunch of different animals to meet at the petting zoo. They’ve got goats. They’ve got guinea pigs. They’ve got bunnies. They’ve got all animals cuddly and cute!
  • Yup, there’s a kids playground too. But kids should also check out the wilder side of the park like their barefoot walking path and bee colony
  • There’s 15 bee colonies in Tivoli Park. If you visit around May - August you can see the busy bees getting to work from an observation box
  • Look around the birdhouses in the petting zoo. You’ll find a hidden book exchange where you can pick up and swap a book with one of your own. They’re mostly Dutch kids stories, but you never know what you’ll find
  • The pretty castle further into the park is also a restaurant. It was built in the 1800s but restored in the 1990s by Belgian artist Jan Fabre
  • Don’t miss the wind chime monument in the park. It’s dedicated to Louis Neefs, who was a singer and councillor from Mechelen. The 9 chimes represent the 9 provinces of Belgium
Updated on 11 February 2022

Tips and Tricks

Getting There

  • By Car: free parking on site & by the playground, but it fills up quick especially in summer. Nearby free parking at Kellogg's on Hombeeksesteenweg 321 - 2800 Mechelen.
  • By Bus: short walk away from bus stop Mechelen Tuinbouwschool. Buses 2 and 5 stop here.

Open everyday, 7:30 to 18:00

Petting Zoo: M to F, 8:00 to 17:00, Sa & Su 13:30 to 17:30


All seasons




Open; national COVID rules apply

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