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Multi award-winning Blackpool Zoo is a regular attraction for us to visit, as it’s one of little man’s favourite places. Blackpool Zoo offers a fabulous family day out in Lancashire, for older children and toddlers alike. All the animals are easy to see and there’s plenty of space to run around.
While little man is still animal-mad, we know we’ll remain regular visitors! We’ve also found that the staff have always had a smile for us and have interacted well with little man, which is a bonus these days.
What will you find at Blackpool Zoo?
As you enter this Lancashire marvel, you’re greeted by the giant tortoises, then, heading back in time millions of years, you can walk a dinosaur safari – perfect for little adventurers!
Coming very soon, to this area of the zoo, will be the brand new state-of-the-art elephant house (now open). We were lucky to get a sneaky preview on an early morning zoo tour recently, which you can see by clicking here. No pictures were allowed of the house though!
Once you have completed the dino safari, there are so many animals to see – lemurs, sea lions, orang-utans, gorillas, wolves, giraffes, lions, tigers, a huge variety of monkeys, elephants, bugs, camels, zebras, flamingos, pelicans… the list goes on! You’ll also find many additional little activities dotted around the zoo for the little ones, such as ride-on diggers, crazy golf and a mini train.
If you want to get closer to the animals, the far end of Blackpool Zoo offers a children’s farm, which even has free petting sessions. Continue on to the other side of the zoo and you can take a walk through Wallaby Walkabout or Lemur Wood, where the wallabies and lemurs both wander freely. One of the cheeky lemurs went in our bag recently, so zip yours up. That is a given for leaving Lancashire and taking a walk through Amazonia, where you WILL interact with squirrel monkeys – they’ve hopped on us or our pram every time we’ve been in and they do try and steal things from bags! You can find Amazonia next to the old elephant enclosure.
Although the zoo has various food outlets, which are all reasonably priced, we always take a picnic to eat whilst watching the fabulous, famous sea lion display. TIP: Get there at least 20 minutes early if it’s weekend or holiday time, otherwise you won’t get a seat. In addition to the sea lion display, there are various other animal shows throughout the day. You’ll get a leaflet when you enter the zoo which will tell you times for each show.
When is best to visit this fabulous family attraction?
We are happy to visit all times of the year. School holidays are busier, but there’s also little additional bonuses – such as, on our most recent trip, a stall had been set up and we got to see an impounded lot of illegal animal ‘produce’ that had been donated to the zoo, which was very educational. On the flip side, when little man wasn’t at school, we were able to go during the school terms, when it’s less busy so much more room to run around.
You can quite easily spend the full day at the zoo, as in recent years it has improved dramatically, so if you’ve not visited for many years, please revisit, and if you’ve never been before, it’s certainly worth a trip!
In short, go whenever you feel like it, it’ll be a fabulous family day out in Lancashire whenever you visit!
How to book tickets for Blackpool Zoo
Prices vary with when and how you book, and there are also memberships available, which are great value for money.
You can find Blackpool Zoo on East Park Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 8PP. Call them on 01253-830830 or visit their website: www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk
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