Thursday, 14 September 2017

A day out at Blackpool Zoo


A few weeks ago we headed over to Blackpool Zoo for a fun filled family day out. It really is one of my favourite places, not just in Blackpool either! I have such fond memories of visiting as a child and I love that Miss E loves it just as much as I did when I was young too. In a way it's the same and seems so familiar but at the same time everything is up to date, there always seems to be something new to explore or new animals to see every time we visit! 

If you've never been to Blackpool Zoo before then honestly, pop it on the top of your list of things to do next time you're in Blackpool. It's such a lovely day out and far removed from the hustle and bustle of the centre. The zoo is nestled right by the beautiful Stanley Park (also well worth a visit!), just a couple of miles away from the centre. Inside you'll find acres of spacious parkland complete with lakes, waterfalls and traditional English woodland. It's a beautiful setting for the many large, natural enclosures that ensure you can get as close as possible to all of your favourite animals! 

The zoo is home to literally all creatures great and small; from guinea pigs and rabbits to big cats and giraffes. Miss E seems to acquire a new favourite animal each time we visit. She's very much in a gorilla phase at the moment so this time these beautiful creatures were her absolute favourite. I think she could have watched them for hours, they are both majestic and wildly endearing. I love that you can get so close to them yet still remain respectful of their gentle and peaceful nature. I hear that the zoo welcomed an adorable new addition to their gorilla clan very recently too so I am absolutely dying to take Miss E back to see!

Another firm favourite for us at the zoo is the various walkabout areas where you actually enter the enclosure with different animals including lemurs, wallabies, birds and squirrel monkeys. Always good fun, especially if you manage to visit around feeding time!

Throughout each day at Blackpool Zoo there are always talks, displays and ways to learn about the many different creatures there. We always try and visit a different one each time we visit. This time, we attended the sea lion display which we haven't seen for a few years now. Miss E was fascinated by these beautiful creatures who have a stunning enclosure and dedicated trainers. Sea lions are one of my favourites so I am glad that the sun was shining so we could see this wonderful talk again! 

On our visit we also made use of the playground areas dotted around the zoo, mooched around the Dinosaur Safari learning about all the different dinosaurs, visited the gift shops and of course, tried out the cafes! The Lake View Cafe is the perfect destination if you're looking for a spot of lunch. They serve everything from pre-packed lunch bags for children to hot dinners and ice cream. We like to sit outside as the tables overlook some of the animal enclosures. Friendly peacocks also like to visit the tables outside, much to the delight of Miss E!

Inside the main building at the entrance is also a lovely little coffee shop that serves Starbucks coffee and yummy cake. It also has a soft play area. Literally the perfect place for children to burn off energy if they haven't already worn themselves out at the end of the day! Miss E never stops, I swear. I need me some of that energy.... I don't know where she gets it from! 

Tickets for Blackpool Zoo can be purchased online in advance or at the entrance on the day. If you're planning on visiting more than one attraction in Blackpool then it might be worth looking at the Blackpool Resort Pass Plus too which will gain you entry into all the top attractions for one great price. We have used these before and I can thoroughly recommend them! 

Let's have some photos, shall we?! 















Have you visited Blackpool Zoo before? What is your favourite attraction in Blackpool? Let me know in a comment below!

Thank you for reading x
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