My family and I love a fun day out, and if there are animals – even better. At the beginning of the Easter break, we visited Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire to check out the animals and to see the new penguin exhibit. The biggest kid of our family, Husband, is crazy for penguins, and was especially excited for our visit. We were even blessed with a warm and sunny day.
Our first stop were the big cats. We were impressed that we found white lions, tigers, leopards and cheetahs. And most of them were lazing about, sleeping in the sun. What a tough life. In fact, many of the animals we encountered were napping. I don’t blame them. It is tough staying awake when you’re sunbathing.
There are more than just big cats at Paradise Wildlife Park. There are lemurs, maras, meerkats, monkeys, tamarins, marmosets, gibbons, zebras, tapirs, tropical birds, owls, tortoises and snakes. And more. And if you have a child who claims she ‘hates animals’, there is also a fab play area. My two had a great time climbing and sliding and swinging. And they also enjoyed posing with animal statues.
We had lunch at the cafe by the play area (Safari Sam’s Diner). Moozles and Dubz had cheeseburgers, which they enjoyed. I had the kids’ cheese pizza, which was fine. Husband had the cheeseburger, which he really disliked. If we went back, I think we would bring a picnic or try a different cafe. There is a soft play, with a cafe, but it was too nice a day to spend indoors. After lunch, it was nice for more playing and more animals.
Penguin Falls is the newest exhibit, opened on the 1st April 2017. It houses endangered African penguins in an area based on their homeland. It is one of only two such habitats in the UK recommended for breeding of African penguins. Hooray for more penguins.
Friends often laugh at how far we are willing to drive for a family day out. But many people forget how busy attractions are in south west London and Surrey. By driving 1 1/2 hours, you encounter less crowds. Paradise Wildlife Park opens at 9.30am, we got there at 10.30am and there was still plenty of room in the car park. We spent about four hours there, including lunch. And had a great day. Tickets for a family of four will cost about £65. Have a look at my vlog below to see how much fun we had.
We were invited to visit the park for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.