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Great day out for the whole family
Monkey World (Dorset)
Member Name: lyndsey1989
Monkey World (Dorset)
Advantages: Variety and Quantity
Disadvantages: Small additional charges for some things
I recently visited Monkey world with my partner and 2 children aged 11 and 8. Everyone had a brilliant day. Dont be fooled into thinking there wont be a lot there because its just monkeys, you will be kept busy all day.
As soon as you get there you are greeted by a play park and picnic area. The park is of a very good size and has all kinds for the kids to do in it including a large climbing frames and swings. There are also go karts here for the children but these do incur an extra charge (I think it was £1.50 or £2 a go).
The monkeys and apes are all spaced around the park and they are all in large enclosures with lots to do, all with space both inside and outside. There are pictures of the monkeys alongside the enclosures along with their names and their background which is interesting. There are a number of viewing windows at all the enclosures so you rarely find yourself waiting for ages to have a look. There are a huge variety of species including apes and baboons and the monkeys are often keen to entertain the visitors which the kids love! My niece was kissed through the window by one particular monkey!
Once you reach the other side of the park through a short five minute woodland walk you are greeted by more a few more monkeys and then a huge play park and another picnic area. The woodland walk is not suitable for wheelchair users but there is an alternate route. The children were happy to play in the park for nearly two hours as there was so much here including swings, slides, roundabouts and large climbing frames. There is something for children of all ages in this play park and they will be amused for ages.
After leaving the play park there are more monkeys including the orangutans and some chimpanzees, there is also a pets corner and some donkeys to add some variety to the day. There is then of course the gift shop which is large and has items at very reasonable prices.
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centres try to stop primate smuggling and to resuce monkeys from across the world so I imagine a large proportion of your admission charge is spent on this good cause.
Family of 4: £31.00
Discounts are available for students, senior citizens, disabled and groups.
Birthday parties are also available at reasonable prices.
Worth the money, great day out.
Summary: Worth the money, a great day out for the whole family!
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