We typically managed to pick the worst day weather wise of the half term to visit, but despite it being a little soggy our spirits were not dampened. As soon as we arrived the kids were running into the park to see all the animals.
We started off with the hooved animals and the outback trial. The kids were so excited and were literally zig zagging from one exhibit to the next. The girls were fascinated by the Emu’s, and Oliver was pleased to see his favourite animals the Tapirs.
The Animal park was well set out, and as you follow the paths it leads you past the exhibits in turn so you don’t miss any. The kids also really enjoyed looking in the Reptile temple and Amazon house. I couldn’t quite believe the size of some of the Anocondas, I know they are supposed to be big but they were huge!
We all really enjoyed the Big Cat Territory which included White Lions, Cheetahs, Tigers, Jaguars and Snow Leopards. There was a treetop walkway through this part of the park which meant you got a really good view of all the big cat exhibits. The kids loved watching the Jaguars ‘play fight’ and ‘wrestle’ although I’m not entirely sure that’s what they were doing- nature will be nature after all!
Like most zoos and wildlife parks there were feeds and talks throughout the day as well as farmyard and reptile encounters. You can also book individual animal experiences. We saw children helping out with the Red Pandas and the Meerkats and they looked really good, and apparently you can ‘Tickle a Tapir” something I will look into for the kids in the future.
After we were satisfied that we had covered most of the Animal Park we made our way over to The World of Dinosaurs. Oliver could not wait! He has been a huge dinosaur fan ever since he was tiny and has a plastic dinosaur collection to rival the best, so this was right up his street!
You arrive to a large gate reminiscent of the Jurassic Park movies, and as you enter you go through a tooth lined pathway to the dinosaur trail. The trail leads you round the large to scale dinosaur models that were extremely life like (not that I’ve seen a real life dino but you know what I mean!). The movment and noises that the dinosaurs made felt very authentic, in fact Isla was quite scared of the T-rex!
We took our time enjoying the dinosaurs around the half mile route which exits through a dino gift shop (how we got through that without spending any money god only knows!). Then it was time for us parents to enjoy a cuppa whilst the kids got into the giant ‘Dino-dig’ sandpit to try their hand at palaeontology. There was also a Dinosaur train which you could have a ride on, but it was an additional £2, and we didn’t have any cash on us (parent fail!) much to Oliver’s dissapointment.
After lunch we explored the rest of the park. There were plenty of outside adventure playground areas, but due to the weather we didn’t really make the most of these, they also had a mini golf course which would have been fun in nicer weather.
As the weather worsened we made our way to the indoor play area. Unfortunately lots of other people had the same idea too! The kids still had plenty of room to run around though in what was a large and well kept soft play area.
All in all we had a great day, only slightly marred by the typical British weather. This year Paradise Wildlife Park are building a new larger White Lion Habitat which looks great, and more dinsoaurs are coming to the World of Dinosaurs. In the warmer months you can also make use of all the outdoor play equipment, crazy golf and Paradise lagoon.
If you would like to book tickets and check out the Animal Park and World of Dinosaurs for yourself, then make sure you book on-line to enjoy a 10% discount on the gate price.
Have you been to Paradise Wildlife park before? If you have I’d love to hear what you think in the coments!
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