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Zoos and Wildlife Parks near to Cardiff
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Seaquarium (13 miles)
Seaquarium Oceans of fun for everyone! Situated on Weston-super-Mare's glorious golden beach, come and get close up and hands on as we take you on a voyage of aquatic discovery. Your ticket is an all day pass, so don't miss any of our feeds or presentations.
North Somerset Butterfly House (17 miles)
North Somerset Butterfly House Surround yourself with some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies and exotic plants in this hidden paradise. Also has an amazing Bug Show! Family friendly, with helpful and informative members of staff.
Bristol Zoo Gardens (24 miles)
Bristol Zoo Gardens Vast animal kingdom adventure plus ZooRopia aerial ropes course, water play area and aquarium. In the new Gorilla Island house, they are directly above you on super tough glass! Plus new Big Bug exhibit for 2015!
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre (25 miles)
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre 15th century National Trust farmstead within Exmoor National Park, with a large collection of owls, birds of prey, and friendly animals to greet you around every corner.
Wild Place Project (25 miles)
Wild Place Project Adventure, play and learning themed around wildlife, with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe at this zoological attraction.
Bristol Aquarium (25 miles)
Bristol Aquarium offers over 40 living displays featuring fascinating marine life from around the world, from sharks to tropical seahorses.
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park (25 miles)
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park Hands on style animal park with displays and handling opportunities. Many flying displays actually set (well!) to music. Well worth a visit.
Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary (31 miles)
Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary This loving sanctuary rescues and cares for many types of unwanted animals especially primates, such as chimpanzees, baboons, spider monkeys, capuchins and marmosets. Visitors can see a variety of animals and the work the sanctuary carry out to look after them.
Plantasia (34 miles)
Plantasia From insects, reptiles, fish and monkeys to bananas, pineapple plants, prickly cacti and giant bamboo: Plantasia has it all! Feel like a proper explorer with crazy plants and a variety of climates!
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo (34 miles)
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo Experience the delight of nature's most serene and beautiful wildlife. At the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo you can walk with free flying exotic butterflies and see them supping nectar, finding their mates and laying eggs.
Llama Trekking at Old King Street Farm (35 miles)
Llama Trekking at Old King Street Farm Llama trekking is fast becoming a 'must-do' activity. Bond with your llama, get to know him and take him on a walk in the glorious countryside of south west Herefordshire. If travelling from further afield, why not take a two day stay in one of our holiday cottages?
Exmoor Zoo (40 miles)
Exmoor Zoo There is only one place you are guaranteed to see the elusive Exmoor Beast and that is in the grounds of Exmoor Zoo. It is a rather large pair of black leopards that are likely to spot you before you see them! Exmoor Zoo is an award winning zoo set in a delightful location and homes over 175 different and...
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park (44 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.
International Centre for Birds of Prey (44 miles)
International Centre for Birds of Prey Three flying demonstrations with commentary, every day. The Centre caters for school visits, and is renowned for its expertise in education, conservation and training. Courses in falconry and photography are available. Shop, cafe, education facilities, attractive gardens and picnic areas.
Ilfracombe Aquarium (45 miles)
Ilfracombe Aquarium Family friendly aquarium that will lead you on a journey from the river to the sea, and everywhere in between. Loads of creatures to see, free activities for the kids, feeding demonstrations and more!
Yaraks Bird of Prey (47 miles)
Yaraks Bird of Prey Standalone unique and specialist Bird of Prey Centre offering flying displays, handling plus flying experiences with eagles, owls hawks and falcons. Run by professional falconers who class their charges as family.
National Botanic Garden of Wales (49 miles)
National Botanic Garden of Wales Offering pond dipping, the adventure zone, land train, bee garden, mini farm, discovery centre, gift shop, fountains, fun and frolics in more than 500 acres.
Axe Valley Wildlife Park (49 miles)
Axe Valley Wildlife Park is a quaint, quirky wildlife park in the heart of Devon. Animals such as Meerkats, Zebra, Lemurs can be seen here. A personal, friendly place with a laid back atmosphere. Outdoor play areas and coffee shop facility.
North Devon Falconry (50 miles)
Newton Tracey
North Devon Falconry Enjoy a day hunting with their trained Harris' hawks in some of the UK's most beautiful countryside. You will receive a brief lesson in handling this magnificent bird of prey and will enjoy the reassurance of being under the watchfull eye of one of the expert falconers at all times.
Alpaca Trekking with Bearhouse Alpacas (52 miles)
Alpaca Trekking with Bearhouse Alpacas is an alpaca farm situated in the Roncombe Valley, an area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, just outside Sidbury, East Devon. We have approximately 70 alpacas on 40 acres of land and offer alpaca trekking around the bridleways surrounding our farm.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium (54 miles)
Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium Come face to face with local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast. Kids can interact with the sea creatures including the unique experience of hand feeding our shoal of tame mullet, holding a starfish and getting up close with a giant lobster.
The Donkey Sanctuary (54 miles)
The Donkey Sanctuary We are a registered charity working around the world protecting donkeys and promoting their welfare worldwide. Visitors can spend as much time as they wish meeting the donkeys and enjoying beautiful coastal and countryside walks. We have a maze, nature centre and donkeys to...
Badger Watch Dorset (55 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.
Cefn Mably Farm Park (5 miles)
Cefn Mably Farm Park is a huge, 20,000 sq ft all weather family farm attraction and soft play in one. Set in rolling countryside in between Cardiff and Newport, we offer a unique mixture of farm animals and soft play areas: the park is designed for families with toddlers to teens.
Amelia Trust Farm (8 miles)
Amelia Trust Farm The many friendly farm animals are accessible to the public all year round, either in the Animal Centre during the cold winter months, or out in the special paddocks during the rest of the year.
Warren Mill Farm (8 miles)
Warren Mill Farm They have a large selection of animals ranging from: Tiny Guinea Pigs, Miniature Cattle, Rabbits, Rare Breeds Of Sheep, Ponies, Llamas, Alpacas, Wallabies, Red Squirrels, and lots more. Also a fishery.
Wiggleys Fun Farm (20 miles)
Wiggleys Fun Farm Featuring indoor and outdoor adventure play plus toddler zone and babies' barnyard, mini racetrack, animal paddocks, pigs' corner, and woodland walks with occupied duck ponds.
The Cardiff Story Museum (< 1 mile)
The Cardiff Story Museum From interactive gallery exhibits to the Object Theatre and Dinky Dragons tots' activity days, there's a lot of fascinating facts to learn and interesting things to do, and it's all free!
National Museum Cardiff (< 1 mile)
National Museum Cardiff From moon rock, meteorites and volcanoes to dinosaurs and woolly mammoths (up close!), journey millions of years through time from the Big Bang to present day. See our basking shark, hump-backed whale and the world's largest leatherback turtle in our natural history collection, plus amazing paintings in...
Museum of Welsh Life (4 miles)
Museum of Welsh Life One of Europe's biggest and most exciting open-air museums. Wales' journey from rural tradition to industrial powerhouse is traced throughout extensive galleries and 100 acres of beautiful parkland.
St Fagans National History Museum (4 miles)
St Fagans National History Museum One of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle and offers traditional crafts, native livestock and exhibitions.
Newport Museum and Art Gallery (11 miles)
Newport Museum and Art Gallery Since 1888 Newport Museum and Art Gallery has been collecting evidence of Newport's history, culture and environment.
National Roman Legion Museum (13 miles)
National Roman Legion Museum Meet the Romans! The Museum and surrounding town of Caerleon has enough stuff about the Romans to keep all budding soldiers and gladiators happy. With ruins of buildings, Roman objects, dressing up, trails and plenty of events and activities throughout the year.
Big Pit National Coal Museum (20 miles)
Big Pit National Coal Museum Prepare to be lowered 300 feet down the mineshaft for our famous underground tour with a real miner! Wear the same equipment (helmet, cap lamp, battery) and see what life was like for thousands of men and boys who worked at the coalface.
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery (21 miles)
Merthyr Tydfil
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery Grand castellation mansion housing a large and varied collection of artefacts spanning 2,000 years of the history of Merthyrs. Free entry for under 16s and over 60s. 160 acres of parkland with lake, formal gardens, children’s play area, and tearoom.
South Wales Miners Museum (25 miles)
Neath Port Talbot
South Wales Miners Museum Children can experience the dark room where there is no natural light, emulating the conditions underground. Cap lamps and helmets can be tried on and your imagination can enhance your experience of a time now very distant. This is a must see attraction in Afan Forest Park.
Cardiff International Pool (2 miles)
Cardiff International Pool Main swimming, learner and leisure pools plus 3 terrific slides plus a tipping bucket play area and loads of gym, cycling and spa style spaces for older types. Yay!
Llanishen Leisure Centre (3 miles)
Llanishen Leisure Centre A fun family oriented leisure pool with a tropical lagoon style which features a pretty nifty flume slide and a cool wave machine: terrific fun and exercise for of all ages! Plus room to actually swim, too!
Newport Centre (11 miles)
Newport Centre features a tropically themed leisure pool with a cool spiralling flume slide and a wave machine! The shallow beach area is great for kids with it's own mini slides and a safe play to enjoy the waves from. Fun for literally everyone!
Bridgend Recreation Centre (17 miles)
Bridgend Recreation Centre boasts an extra large leisure pool complete with hydro slide and awesome wave machine, plus a gentler beach area with baby slide. So bring everyone!
Adamsdown Play Centre (< 1 mile)
Adamsdown Play Centre Enjoy a variety of play activities from cooking, arts and crafts to sports and also has indoor and outdoor play facilities plus den building. For 5 to 14s.
Zone Playcentre (2 miles)
Zone Playcentre is an indoor soft play centre with a party area, baby and toddler sections and a large children’s play frame with ball pools, rope bridges, tunnels, wavy slides, drop slide, play houses, little tikes cars and much more! Plus great cafe.
Pebbles Soft Play Area (2 miles)
Pebbles Soft Play Area Adventure soft play area for children age 7 and under in Cardiff. It has everything from cargo nets with mouse holes, to mirror chicanes and perspex floors! Obstacles and challenges allow children to explore and play in a safe environment.
Ants Inya Pants Play Centre (2 miles)
Ants Inya Pants Play Centre A fairly small adventure play facility still surprisingly full of slick slides, deep ball pits, winding tunnels, ball cannons and nippy zip lines! Plus parties and dedicated Special Needs sessions.
123 Jump Play Centre (3 miles)
123 Jump Play Centre Featuring a fantastic play-frame, an enormous inflatable, an indoor football pitch and a zone just for toddlers. Adults are encouraged to go into the play frame with their kids, so wear socks!
Fuzzy Eds at Pentre Gwilym House (5 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at Pentre Gwilym House Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Coconuts Play Centre (5 miles)
Barry Island
Coconuts Play Centre Adventure soft play and party centre with a large play frame, and classic fun features to stimulate the imagination, and burn up some energy. Spacious cafe with good visibility of play area. Several party pacakages available.
Jungle Jacks (6 miles)
Jungle Jacks is in the town centre with a 2 storey play frame, separate toddler zone, cafe and offers a variety of party options.
Funtastic (7 miles)
Funtastic offers several age ranged multi level play zones plus baby area, football and sports arena, and their new Go-Kart track is now open!
Adventure Island (7 miles)
Barry Island
Adventure Island A play and party centre with separate areas for younger and older children. Fun, safe and weatherproof!

Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Cardiff 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.

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