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One of Blackpool's must-sees
Member Name: Julie_Reilly
Advantages: Cheap parking, good variety of animals, children's play area, educational talks
East Park Drive,
T: 01253 830 830
ACCESSIBILITY AND PARKING
There is a large pay and display car park outside the zoo. The cost for this is £2.50 per day, which is quite reasonable. Alternatively, you can park for free at Stanley Park car park, and walk through the park to East Park Drive, then up Woodside Drive to the Zoo entrance. This is a walk of about a mile and is a pleasant alternative, if you wish to visit both Stanley Park and the Zoo. The walking route to the Zoo is well-signposted throughout Stanley Park and is very easy to find.
You can also get a bus - route 20 stops at the zoo. The timetable can be found here: http://www.blackpooltransport.com
The Zoo opens at 10am daily. Closing times vary throughout the year depending on what time it gets dark. Check the zoo website to find out when it closes when you want to visit.
ADULT (16 - 59 years): £14.99
CHILD (3 - 15 years): £10.75
UNDER 3s: Free
CONCESSIONS (Senior/Student - with valid ID): £12.99
DISCOUNTED FAMILY TICKET FOR 4 (2 adults and 2 children): £46.00
DISCOUNTED FAMILY TICKET FOR 5 (2 adults and 3 children): £56.00
Local residents with an FY1 to FY5 postcode get a discount of 20% off admission on production of a proof of address, eg a recent utility bill or driving licence. This is valid for up to 5 people per household.
BLACKPOOL ZOO EXPERIENCE
As a local, I have been to Blackpool Zoo many times. I try to take my children there at least once a year during the summer holidays. I have seen it grow and develop from a series of little concrete enclosures to a far more pleasant living environment for the animals.
As you enter, the first animals you see are the giant tortoises directly opposite the entrance. They are quite friendly and will often come over and look at visitors peering at them over the fencing.
Next you have the option of visiting the Dinosaur Safari. Until recently this was subject to an extra charge, but it has since been incorporated into the entry fee. It is a trek through time, through several different eras of saurian evolution, finishing with the prehistoric creatures that lived after the dinosaurs. There is a dino-egg hunt for the kids also. It's worth a look and it is a unique start to your zoo trip. I don't know of many other zoos that have dinosaurs in them!
Once in the zoo proper, you will walk past the display arena which has daily bird displays at 11am and 3pm. There are talks throughout the day at various animal enclosures - you can either follow the guide around, or make your own way around the Zoo Park.
Recent returnees to the Zoo include the penguins and giraffes, both in all-new habitats, far more suitable to their requirements than their previous enclosures.
Other old favourites include: otters, penguins, sealions, which are fed twice daily with a fantastic display or water acrobatics, elephants, orang-utans, chimps and gorillas on Gorilla Mountain, lions, tigers, camels, porcupines, emus, zebras, the beautiful and striking African Bongos, The Reptile House, and Lemur Wood, where you walk over a wooden bridge and experience lemurs coming right up to you. Touching the lemurs is forbidden, but it is hard to resist trying to stroke these furry beauties! Santa also keeps his reindeer here out of season, and they can be found opposite the zebra and bongo house - last time we went they even had baby reindeer!
One fab new addition is Amazonia, where you can walk through a recreation of an Amazon jungle with various species of birds and small primates. Cheeky squirrel monkeys will happily jump all over your bags and pushchairs and even all over you, hunting for food. If you do have any food on you, tuck it tightly away in a zipped packet or bag, or you will lose it!
Wallaby Walkabout is another recent addition to the Zoo. It is home to the wallabies and kangaroos which have for years been a favourite exhibit at the zoo. Now you can get up close and personal with them and walk right through their habitat. It's as close as you can get to Australia! My kids loved this!
Near the ape house and the new penguin enclosure is a children's playground, which is always popular. There is ample seating for picnicking and for adults to keep an eye on their own little monkeys as they play. If you haven't brought your own food, there is an excellent café located near the display arena.
One perennial favourite is the Zoo Miniature Railway, which starts and finishes from near the children's play area and takes you on a tour of the outer perimeter of the zoo, and back again if you buy a return ticket, enabling you to see some of the exhibits from the other side of the fence. There is an extra charge for this of £1.50 single to the Aardvark exhibit, or £2.50 return back to the playground, but it's always popular with the kids.
Quite simply, Blackpool Zoo is a fun family day out. If you want to get away from the buzz of the town, take a day to visit the Zoo and commune with nature. And they have ice-cream!!
Summary: A great family day out.