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Amazon World An all weather family attraction! The Islands largest collection of rare and exotic animals! A great day out whatever your age!
Monkey Haven Rescue sanctuary for primates and birds of prey, with a large variety of each to see. Daily feedings, reptile encounters, plus hand reared owls to meet. 2 play areas for kids over and under 5 years of age.
Butterfly and Fountain World Comprising a series of stunning walk through under cover gardens themed around butterflies, fountains, small world fairytale grotto, Italian and Japanese gardens, and feeding talks at the Koi ponds.
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary Come and visit the rescued donkeys in their comfortable new home and learn about the necessity of caring for animals properly. Loads of family events with additional activities, a Donkey Adoption scheme and they welcome the family dog along for the trip if it promises to behave!
Owl and Falconry Centre A dazzling collection of some of the world's most beautiful and elegant birds awaits you, from eagles, hawks and falcons, to kestrels and sleepy owls, the centre is full of fascinating sights and flights.
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve Isolated and wild, visits to the deeper reserve reward the adventurous with thousands of different butterflies, quirky birds like woodpeckers and giant rooks, and according to records 30 species of wildflower per square metre! A charming and photogenic place for a family ramble.
Isle of Wight Zoo Situated alongside Yaverland beach, the zoo provides a fun, educational and wholesome day out for all the family. Specialising in tigers and lemurs, the zoo works to make conservation fun for everyone with talks, small animal handling and children's activities.
Blue Reef Aquarium This award winning facility brings the magic of the undersea world alive! Come face to face with tropical sharks, rays, otters, seahorses and hundreds of other aquatic creatures. Highlights include underwater tunnel, open top ray display, Amazing Amphibians and Riveting Reptiles exhibitions.
The New Forest Wildlife Park Amazing animals to see, from owls and otters to wolves, bison, wild boar, red deer, muntjac deer, Scottish wildcats, lynx, wallabies, water voles, foxes, polecats, pine martens and ferrets. Children love the harvest mice scurrying around their mini home. “Go Wild” Adventure Playgrounds for tots...
Earnley Butterflies, Birds and Beasts Walk among Tropical Butterflies, see exotic Birds and get close to many Beasts while being protected from the British weather.
New Forest Reptile Centre Discover more about reptiles and amphibians here at this unique reptile centre located in the national park. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Hampshire with kids
Dunreyth Alpacas For a while now they have been training their young alpacas to walk to hand; thus enabling people to walk them about happily without training or experience.
Marwell Zoo is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, across 140 acres of beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Be as active or relaxed as you want. There are 5 play areas where children can run wild while you take a well earned break.
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary Spotting deer in the New Forest isn't always easy, but here there is a purpose built viewing platform overlooking a large meadow area where a herd of fallow deer regularly gather.
Hensting Alpaca Walking Experience When the weather is good we like to walk our alpacas, so why not come and join us here in Otterbourne, Hampshire. Get up close and personal and learn all about these fascinating creatures!
Libertys Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre A privately run centre with a number of Birds of Prey, several reptiles and cool creepy crawlies. Flying displays are held daily whatever the weather plus daily reptile shows are held during Summer holidays.
Oceanarium brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
The Hawk Conservancy Trust Over 150 birds of prey, from the tiny Pygmy Owl to the impressive Steller's Sea Eagles! The full daily schedule includes three world class flying displays, keepers’ talks and opportunities for all visitors to hold a British bird of prey.
Birdworld Birdpark and gardens covering 26 acres. Admission includes Underwater World and Jenny Wren Childrens Farm. Special penguin feeding times and animal encounters at the children's farm!
Monkey World is a 65 acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys! Keeper talks, guided tours and information on conservation work too.
Surrey Hills Llamas Gentle and friendly llamas will carry your picnic as you lead them through the spectacular North Downs. Llamas are affectionate, intelligent and alert and kids really enjoy their company. For over 8s.
Woods Mill Nature Reserve A mixture of woodland and wetland habitats to explore plus the headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. There is always something to see, whatever the season. Free to visit.
Huxleys Birds of Prey Centre A wide range of birds from hawks to eagles, falcons to owls, and vultures to kites! Plus a gorgeous Japanese Water Garden. Note limited opening times.
Brighton Sea Life Centre offers a fun and educational day out whatever the weather. With over 150 species and 57 displays, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable day for the whole family! Great idea for things to do in Brighton with kids.
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park Modest domestic animal park and pleasant gardens to keep your little ones busy while your big ones use the college Adventure Days to try archery, orienteering, high and low ropes courses, canoeing and kayaking!
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park is an indoor and outdoor attraction, with an indoor ocean tunnel and other amazing sea life displays. There are rides, a Splash Zone and an interactive rock pool. We also have animal feeding sessions and a water park play area.
Badger Watch Dorset An evening in the country the kids will never forget: their high quality hides have recorded a 100% sightings record over the last three years, so you are virtually guaranteed to see some of these wonderful creatures foraging for food under the floodlights.
The Living Rainforest Discover the rainforest's wonders as you stroll between tropical trees and plants, among free roaming butterflies, armadillos, monkeys and toucans! Plus t-shirt printing workshops, cool outdoor play zone, on site parking, cafe and shop!
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park Longleat is a perfect day out for all the family with its fantastic Animal Attractions, beautiful Stately Home and gardens, alongside its superb Safari Park . With its recent multi-million pound investment you can explore a whole world of new attractions including Penguin Island and Stingray Bay.
Beale Park Space, fresh air, tranquility, fun, adventure, enchanting animals, exotic beauty and all this on the banks of the magical Thames. New Bertie's Bugs and Beasts exhibit!
Abbotsbury Swannery This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans! The kids should take cameras and sketchbooks plus binoculars for elusive cygnets. It's also been used as a location for Harry Potter filming!
Robin Hill Country Adventure Park The Island's biggest rides, absolutely loads of children's play features, and loads of space to run free. There is also an educational woodland centre, woodland gardens with sculpture trail, squirrel safaris, and regular special events. Loads!
Dinosaur Isle is a fantastic dinosaur museum housed in a spectacular pterosaur shaped building watching over Sandown's blue flag beach. Walk back through fossilised time to the period of the dinosaurs and on a recreated landscape enhanced by sights, smells and sounds you will meet life sized dinosaurs including our...
Blackgang Chine 40 acres of Victorian cliff-top gardens with a range of fantasy activities including cowboy town, nurseryland, dinosaurland, and pirate fort. Cliffhanger roller coaster and waterforce family boat slide. Exhibitions about local rural and coastal life.
Shipwreck and Maritime Museum Shipwreck centre and mariitime experience, including audiovisual room showing action films of local lifeboat rescues. "Wreck and Rescue" Lifeboat Museum, featuring vintage lifeboats and RNLI archive material, Smuggling and Fishing displays. Activities for kids including Pirate Trail worksheets.
Ventnor Heritage Museum A small museum detailing the historic life of Ventnor with displays and exhibits that are changed yearly. There are also models of Ventnor Railway and various publications for sale. Accompanied children visit for free.
The Classic Boat Museum A fascinating museum that covers over a century of maritime history with lots of real power boats, sailing boats, rowing boats and canoes as well as some great displays. A good all weather attraction for the kids!
Brighstone Village Museum Offers a local history showcase tableau and some interesting exhibition on village life in the 19th century. A picturesque setting ideal for a family stroll afterwards!
Bembridge Heritage Centre Displays cover much of Bembridge’s early history, not only in photographs, paintings, maps and written descriptions but also through the many donated artefacts and medals. Hugely educational!
Sunken Secrets A centre where you can discover the wonders of Maritime history and archeology through artefact displays, videos, interactive games and cool activities.
Waterside Pool An all-weather outdoor swim option as it also features a retractable roof for a bit of protection from the elements when required. 25m pool with varying sessions types including Family Fun.
West Wight Sports Centre Main and learner pools with Wight's only diving boards, plus Water Survival Course, summer holiday dry side activities. In the 70s cool local parents dug this pool by hand!
JR Zone with stimulating toddler section, gigantic 3 level play zone with 4 Lane Astra slide, dual sky glides, Spooky zone, Football area and JR Laser Storm interactive laser gun arena!
Jungle Jims Adventure Play Area A colourful multi level adventure play area for children in a safe and fun environment. Also nearby: adventure golf, tenpin bowling, cafe, go karts and more!
Newport Roman Villa There are recreated scenes within the superb remains of the villa, and also outside there is a Roman herb garden as it would have been nearly 2000 years ago. A quiz booklet is available free of charge and the education room provides hands on activities including; Roman style clothes to try on, weaving and...
Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum One of the UK's oldest watermills surrounded by family fun: 18 holes of putting golf and a croquet lawn, cool new Clay Play zone, punt and pedal hire on the stream, plus museums, camping, special events and a cluster of themed rural museums. Loads!
Carisbrooke Castle a great place for children to explore with its towering keep to climb and battlements to march, there's lots to spark the imagination.
Nunwell House and Gardens Visit the ill fated, historic house where King Charles I spent his last night of freedom! Beautiful place full of architectural and historic interest. 5 acres of lovely gardens to explore, with rose garden, Long Walk, lily pond, and more!
Brading Roman Villa Get an insight into Roman life in this great museum and Visitor centre with a large collection of Roman archaeology. Happily set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty too!
Osborne House Built by Queen Victoria as a family holiday home, this stunning Italianate palace offers a glimpse into the private life of the royal family. Take a peek into the royal nursery, see the bedroom in which Queen Victoria died and marvel at the exotic Indian-inspired Durbar Room.