Opened in 1995 in the downtown area, the Zoobotanic Park takes up a 100 square kilometers area and opens to the public from Tuesdays to Sundays. Admittance is free. It's an excellent place to take children and get in touch with nature.
Joinville, founded in 1851 in Santa Catarina, Brazil, known as The City of Flowers, with a population of about 500 thousand inhabitants and the 13th highest HDI (human development index) of the country, the highest of the state. Source: Wikipedia (Portuguese)