Amazon World (2 miles)
An all-weather, family attraction! The Islands largest collection of rare and exotic animals! A great day out whatever your age!
Owl and Monkey Haven (3 miles)
Owl and Monkey Haven
'We welcome you to come and get to know our friends and see for yourself their beauty,
charm and very different personalities!'
Butterfly and Fountain World (3 miles)
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 (3 miles)
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 (3 miles)
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. During flying displays the birds of prey soar above the sloping down land of the Appuldurcombe Valley,...
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve (4 miles)
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 (5 miles)
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.
Seaview Wildlife Encounter (7 miles)
Seaview Wildlife Encounter
Packed full of fun, interactive animal experiences and Keeper presentations, plus penguin and meerkat encounters, with loads to see and do and even a few critters to cuddle!
Seaview Wildlife Encounter (7 miles)
Seaview Wildlife Encounter
A hands on wildlife centre where you can meet up close a good variety of animals including penguins, meerkats and otters. Also offers additional encounters and special junior experience days.
Blue Reef Aquarium (10 miles)
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 walkthrough underwater tunnel, open top ray display and the Amazing Amphibians and Riveting Reptiles exhibition.
The New Forest Wildlife Park (19 miles)
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 (19 miles)
New Forest Reptile Centre (20 miles)
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 (22 miles)
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 Wildlife (22 miles)
The 140 acre zoological park is home to over 200 exotic and charismatic species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Be as active or as relaxed as you want. There are 3 play areas where children can run wild while you take a well-earned break.
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary (23 miles)
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.
Libertys Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre (25 miles)
Libertys Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre
A privately run centre with a number of Birds of Prey, several reptiles and other creepy crawlies. Flying displays are held daily whatever the weather. Daily reptile shows are held during Summer holidays.
Oceanarium (28 miles)
brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
Pulborough Brooks RSPB (38 miles)
Pulborough Brooks RSPB
Nature Reserve set within South Down National Park. Nature Trail and Visitor Centre. Plenty of wildlife to see at any time of the year and a number of habitats to explore.
Birdworld (40 miles)
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!
The Hawk Conservancy Trust (40 miles)
The Hawk Conservancy Trust
Over 150 birds of prey on view at this conservation and visitors centre with talks, feeds, flying demonstrations and other activities.
Monkey World (42 miles)
is a 65-acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium (43 miles)
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium
Essentially a sales aquarium but is still worth a visit with younger children who will particularly enjoy the seahorse display tanks. Serious supervision required.
Woods Mill Nature Reserve (46 miles)
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 (49 miles)
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.
Surrey Hills Llamas (50 miles)
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.
Brighton Sea Life Centre (50 miles)
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 (51 miles)
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 (53 miles)
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 (53 miles)
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 (56 miles)
The Living Rainforest
Discover the rainforest's wonders as you stroll between tropical trees and plants, among free roaming butterflies and birds. An outdoor play area allows kids to let off steam, while adults can relax on the sun terrace with a cappuccino. All weather attraction with on site parking, cafe and shop.
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park (57 miles)
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.
Abbotsbury Swannery (58 miles)
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.
Beale Park (58 miles)
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!
Colemans Animal Farm (5 miles)
Colemans Animal Farm
150cc off road Buggies, indoor and outdoor play barns, plenty of farm animals and grooming and feeding opportunities too.
Robin Hill Country Adventure Park (3 miles)
Robin Hill Country Adventure Park
The Island's biggest rides, absolutely loads of children's play features and areas of space to run free. Plus educational woodland centre, woodland gardens with sculpture trail, squirrel safaris and regular special events.
Dinosaur Isle (5 miles)
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 (6 miles)
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 (< 1 mile)
Shipwreck and Maritime Museum
including audio visual room showing action films. "Wreck and Rescue" Lifeboat Museum, featuring vintage 1887 "Queen Victoria" pulling/sailing lifeboat and RNLI archive material, Smuggling and Fishing displays
Nostalgia Toy Museum (3 miles)
Nostalgia Toy Museum
An excellent collection of toy cars and lorries by Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, Triang and Hornby. Recently added is a large display of 'Star Wars' toys from 1977-1985.
Isle of Wight Bus Museum (3 miles)
Isle of Wight Bus Museum
The history of IOW buses in glorious detail with loads of antique vehicles to look at and rides to be had! Loads of information provided on each vehicle, lots of interesting memorabilia and you can have a good snout around on the quirky old buses too and pretend you're grandad!
Ventnor Heritage Museum (6 miles)
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.
Brighstone Village Museum (7 miles)
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 (7 miles)
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 (12 miles)
A centre where you can discover the wonders of Maritime history and archeology through artefact displays, videos, interactive games and activities.
Waterside Pool (6 miles)
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.
JR Zone (3 miles)
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!
Space Island Indoor Soft Play Area (3 miles)
Space Island Indoor Soft Play Area
Challenging structure for ages 4 plus, 3 levels to explore with climbing walls, ball cannons, sky glides, giant astra slide, mini sports area and more.
Jungle Jims Adventure Play Area (4 miles)
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 (2 miles)
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...
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Arreton with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
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