The city has a wonderful zoo - Zoologicka Zahrada Ostrava. Here, besides animal enclosures, there is a botanical garden, as well as many recreation areas and attractions. In the first years after its opening in 1951, only volunteers from the local schoolchildren and students took care of the animals.
To make it more fun for young people to spend time in the zoo, its administration built numerous sports grounds for them, and many of them are still popular. Today's zoo occupies a vast area of 103 hectares where you can see animals brought from different continents. Many rides for children of various ages are available in the zoo in summer. For the convenience of all visitors, there is a restaurant and several souvenir shops.
Fans of interesting entertainment should totally visit Hvezdarna a planetarium Johanna Palisy. This observatory opened in 1980 forms a single unit with a planetarium. It got the largest projector in the country, and thematic programs and lectures on various fields of astronomy are held here every day. The huge projector makes it possible to broadcast a detailed map of the starry sky on the dome, and those who wish to admire the stars through a telescope are offered special evening and even night tours.