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Paignton Zoo a good day out for the whole family!
Paignton Zoo (Devon)
Member Name: daniella2202
Paignton Zoo (Devon)
Advantages: Huge range of animals and a great experience
Disadvantages: Mainly just the small train
Paignton Zoo... one day just isn't enough! I took my godson who is 1 and a half years old and his brother of 3 years old there today. Thankfully it was a lovely day and the kids were so well behaved that I enjoyed every moment of it. But unfortunately there was so much we missed (animal wise) due to kids taking somewhat longer to walk and look around than us adults as well as them asking to go to the toilet when we are on the furthest part away from any toilets to be seen!
***Where is Paignton Zoo?***
Paignton Zoo is in the lovely place of Torbay in Devon. It was opened in 1923 and has expanded more and more over the years into 80 acres of land full of such an amazing number and variety of animals. It has encompassed the charity of Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust and has the utmost respect for its animals and their surroundings.
***What animals does Paignton Zoo have?***
* Every type of bird you can imagine from small parrots to flamingos and peacocks
* It has lions, tigers, cheetahs, goats, camels, zebras, kangaroos, panda, rhinos
* Bats, small rodents
* Elephants, giraffes
* Crocodiles, tortoises, snakes
* Lots of different monkeys
* And virtually any other animals you can think of (except ones which obviously couldn't survive in such a place like polar bears!)
***Our day out***
What the kids loved the most was the petting zoo and the indoor play area. To be honest 3 years old and under are not terribly interested in many animals unless they are right up next to them in their cage or against the glass.
This consisted of a small enclosed area where children could get up close to small animals and touch them, for example, goats and rodents. Not my sort of thing though as I'm petrified of most rodents!
***The indoor play area***
This consisted of two areas, one for over 5 year olds and another for under 5 year olds and there are tables in doors for the parents to watch their children play. There is an outside play area with slides but this was for older children.
***The miniature train***
Harry (the 3 year old I took) begged me for us to go on the train so despite not wanting to pay any more money for four of us for the day I agreed. It was 70p per person, but after we went on it, I realised it was definitely not worth 70p each since it literally took about 3 or 4 minutes to go around in a small circle and we didn't see any animals on our way around it. Also I had a buggy with the 1 and a half year old (Sammy) so I had to go to all the trouble to take all our bags off it and fold it up! Not worth the effort at all.
***The Crocodile House***
Now this was something I was quite looking forward to. It is relatively new and I haven't been in there before. However I was a little bit disappointed because despite seeing crocodiles, I did not see any one of them move! For all we knew they could have been fake! But I know they weren't.
Dotted around the zoo were very conveniently tempting ice cream places and takeaway booths with your regular chicken nuggets and chips. You can imagine what it was like when the two boys wanted an ice cream each, what mayhem! And to top it off when I saw Sammy in his buggy with ice cream all down him I realised one of his shoes was missing so I had to retrace our steps in order to find it... luckily I did or else it would have been an even more expensive trip to buy him some new ones.
There was also a gift shop placed for on your way out... not a good idea when the fury toys the boys wanted were £8.99 each!!! But in order to prevent any upset I bought them with gritted teeth! The zoo must make a ton of money!!
***And I am sure you are wondering the prices per person into the zoo***
There are two lists of prices depending on whether you are paying an added donation of gift aid which is about £1.50 more per person. But this is the regular list of prices:
Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) = £37.50
Adult = £11.90
Children (3-15 years) = £8.40
Senior citizen = £9.80
***My overall opinion***
A nice, enjoyable and full days experience but an expensive one at that! If you want to get around the whole zoo I'd allow a good 6 hours.
To find out more about Paignton Zoo and for directions and a map go onto: www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/
Summary: A day out at Paignton Zoo... Great but tiring and expensive!