ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (6 miles)
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
There’re loads of reasons to be wild about ZSL Whipsnade. Home to more than 2500 species, a visit can get you close to some of the world’s hairiest, scariest, tallest and smallest animals. Set on 600 acres, in the rolling Chiltern Hills, there’s epic adventure awaiting you at ZSL Whipsnade...
Mead Open Farm (9 miles)
Mead Open Farm
You can expect the very best family day out at award winning, Mead Open Farm. Full of action packed play inside and out, as well as âhands-onâ farmyard fun, thereâs so much to discover.
Butterfly World (11 miles)
- is a fun and educational place to see hundreds of Tropical Butterflies, watch colonies of leafcutter ants walk across ropes, hold creepy crawlies, and let off steam in the natural play area. Educational, environmental and great fun! Enjoy a full programme of school holiday activities.
Woburn Safari Park (11 miles)
Woburn Safari Park
For an amazing family day out, go on a safari drive adventure in the heart of Bedfordshire! Come to Woburn Safari Park and meet the wildlife, with over 80 species of wild animals roaming in 300 acres of beautiful parkland. You'll find us just off Junction 13 of the M1 in Bedfordshire. Featuring new Sea...
Paradise Wildlife Park (18 miles)
Paradise Wildlife Park
The most interactive zoo in Britain with over 400 animals, the best collection of big cats in the UK, penguins, crocodiles, gibbons, wolves, anacondas, meerkats and more! Also, a large indoor soft-play area, 3 adventure playgrounds, Dinosaur Woodland Railway, Crazy Golf, Paradise Lagoon paddling pool and the...
Ada Cole Rescue Stables (23 miles)
Ada Cole Rescue Stables
Kids can meet more than 50 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, and learn an important lesson about how we treat our fellow creatures.
Shepreth Wildlife Park (25 miles)
Shepreth Wildlife Park
See animals of all kinds, from tigers to creepy crawlies. Get hands on in our Discovery Centre. There are two indoor soft play areas and a cafeteria, as well as an outdoor adventure play with pirate ship and fort. Keeper talks run throughout the day.
London Zoo (26 miles)
Over 720 species including some of the world’s most impressive and inspiring animals. Enjoy interactive, immersive exhibits the family can explore together including Rainforest Life, Gorilla Kingdom featuring their newest addition Kumbuka the silverback, and the popular Animal Adventure Children's...
Sea Life London Aquarium (29 miles)
Sea Life London Aquarium
Home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life and the jewel in the crown of the 28 Sea Life attractions in the UK and Europe. Situated in the heart of London, the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor. Newest feature is the...
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo (30 miles)
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo
invites you to check on the monkeys, crawl down the tunnel to see the meerkats, talk to the parrots and mynah birds, on to the farm to say hello to the goats, donkeys, pigs, emus etc. Playground which includes climbing frames,large sandpit with water toys, swings and roundabouts etc.
Linton Zoo (33 miles)
There is a wealth of rare and exotic creatures to see including Grevy's Zebra, Snow Leopards, Tigers, Lions, Tapirs, Lemurs, Binturongs, Owls, Parrots, Giant Tortoises, Tarantula Spiders and many others.
Catanger Llama Trekking (34 miles)
Catanger Llama Trekking
Although you can't actually ride them, these lovely pack animals will willingly carry your rucksack, whilst you enjoy the beautiful scenery. What better way to get away from it all than by leading a gentle llama along bridleways, farm tracks and country lanes. A perfect way to de-stress.
Hamerton Zoo Park (37 miles)
Hamerton Zoo Park
Terrific and well cared for collection of animals, they also recently built two excellent standard completely new play areas, one for babies and toddlers and the other for older children.
The Raptor Foundation (37 miles)
The Raptor Foundation
A bird of prey sanctuary and hospital. It is a unique and exciting place for children and adults alike to meet and learn about owls, falcons, hawks and buzzards in a 30 acre site.
Holdenby Falconry Centre (38 miles)
Holdenby Falconry Centre
The Falconry Centre contains many species of birds of prey, flown by the resident Falconer. Some of the beautiful birds are pictured below. There may be a chance to fly them yourself.
Beale Park (40 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!
Eagle Heights (44 miles)
A small animal park based in the beautiful Darent Valley, near Brands Hatch in Kent. There are over 100 Birds of Prey to see, plus Reptile House, Meerkats, Otters, Goats, Donkey, Pony, Pigs and much more. Playarea, Gift Shop and Tearoom. Free Parking. Experience Days available.
The Living Rainforest (44 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.
Surrey Hills Llamas (45 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.
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife (46 miles)
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife
All weather fun for the whole family, it is set within acres of attractive gardens and features one of the finest tropical butterfly houses in the UK. Throughout the day the Zoo offers a programme of animal encounters, animal feeds and fun activities, plus Monkey Run for older children and Meerkat Lookout for...
Crocodiles of the World (47 miles)
Crocodiles of the World
Crocodiles of the World is the UK's only crocodile zoo. We're home to more than 100 crocodiles, alligators and caimans from 13 different species. Crocodiles of the World is now open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm all year round including Bank Holidays; we are closed on Christmas Day.
Birdworld (52 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 British Wildlife Centre (52 miles)
The British Wildlife Centre
A peaceful, relaxing place to see and learn about Britain's wonderful wildlife, from tiny harvest mice to magnificent red deer and everything in between! Over forty different native species are displayed in natural surroundings.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (53 miles)
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
has over 260 animal species in over 160 acres of stunning gardens and parkland. Giraffe Walkway, Lemur Walk-through exhibit, Train, Adventure Playground, Picnic Areas, Children's Farmyard, Brass Rubbing, Tropical House, Reptile House, Bat House and Insect House.
Colchester Zoo (54 miles)
One of the finest zoos in Europe with over 250 species of animals set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes. Includes the unique chance to help feed the elephants and giraffes yourself, plus the new Bears of the Rising Sun exhibit for 2014.
Sealife Adventure (55 miles)
Southend on Sea
From sharks to seahorses, starfish to stingrays, it’s all here in a family friendly environment with fascinating talks and presentations by their knowledgeable aquarists throughout the day.
Cotswold Falconry Centre (57 miles)
Moreton In Marsh
Cotswold Falconry Centre
Birds of prey are constantly showing off their skills at this amazing centre, where breeding and conservation are of paramount importance. Many different types of birds of prey are on display here, including eagles, hawks, owls and falcons.
Birdland Park and Gardens (57 miles)
Birdland Park and Gardens
For fantastic family fun and excitement, enjoy a day at one of the UKâs biggest bird gardens, discover an array of amazing wildlife and family. Situated in the picturesque Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds, Birdland boasts a beautiful natural setting of woodland, river and water gardens that are...
Huxleys Birds of Prey Centre (57 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.
Groombridge Enchanted Forest (59 miles)
Groombridge Enchanted Forest
There are exciting playgrounds, stunning views, unusual animals, fun activities, quiet seats, beautiful flowers, hugh swings, strange plants and shy deer - and a zedonk?!
Thurleigh Farm Centre (23 miles)
Thurleigh Farm Centre
is a diverse experience with a huge variety of animals but also trampolines, roller blading rink, crazy golf, maize maze, pony rides, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, fire engine ride and pedal kart track, plus seasonal activities like bottle feeding lambs.
Stockwood Discovery Centre (1 miles)
Stockwood Discovery Centre
With interactive display, variety of gardens, children play area, special events and activities, bee gallery and much more, it is a wonderful visitor attraction and museum.
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John Bunyan Museum (18 miles)
John Bunyan Museum
A must for kids studying local history, a visit will let you help out with their schoolwork and spend some quality time together. Special quizzes and hands-on trails take them through BunyanâÂÂs amazing life at their own pace
Luton Sports Village (2 miles)
Woburn Open Air Swimming Pool (10 miles)
Woburn Open Air Swimming Pool
is a seasonal, heated lido. The pool is a good size, 22m x 10m, 1 to 2m deep, in a lovely setting adjoining the Estate with plenty of space for picnics, sunbathing and games.
Oasis Beach Pool (17 miles)
Oasis Beach Pool
Water Flumes, Yellow Screamer and Flume of Doom sound good for a start, combine this with an outdoor pool, lazy river ride, wild waves and parent and toddler sessions.
Robinson Pool (18 miles)
is Bedfordshire's largest pool, situated in the stunning grounds of Bedford Park. 3 pools; the main, 6-lane competition pool, the diving pool and a beginners' teaching pool.
Futures Fun Factory (3 miles)
Futures Fun Factory
Our indoor soft play centre is an ideal place for children to have fun in a safe and exciting environment, packed with creative play equipment with dedicated areas for toddlers and babies. Adults can relax in a warm and friendly environment while enjoying some light refreshments from Futures Cafe.
Snakes and Ladders (5 miles)
Snakes and Ladders
is a huge indoor playground filled to the brim with climbing frames, ball ponds, cargo nets and slides. Plus there's electric motor bikes, and for younger visitors a Home Corner, Water Play and Construction Zone. Kids can really let off steam while parents relax on comfy leather sofas in our...
Jubilee Play Centre (15 miles)
Jubilee Play Centre
High activity equipment for older children, plenty of adventure play fare for kids and much has designed to be suitable for every level of physical ability or disability.
Cafe Kidz (16 miles)
Indoor play fun for under 7s with a main climbing maze and features plus an enclosed crawlers' domain.
Kids World (17 miles)
is a paradise for energetic kids! A fantastic range of steps to climb up, walk ways to scramble over and slides to whizz down. They let off steam in the play centre whilst you take a break, catch up with friends and have a well earned coffee.
The Roman Sandy (18 miles)
The Roman Sandy
is an open exhibition free to all which displays locally discovered Roman artefacts in an interesting fashion.
Bromham Mill (19 miles)
Guided Tours, Baking and craft activities for pre booked groups available throughout the year. Picnic area and plenty of space to just play. Please note limited opening times.
Dunstable Leisure Centre (4 miles)
Dunstable Leisure Centre
Leisure centre offering loads of facilities: some of the sports available include swimming, tennis, trampolining, gymnastics, soccer, golf and cricket.
Go Ape Woburn (11 miles)
Go Ape Woburn
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
The Bunyan Sports Centre (17 miles)
The Bunyan Sports Centre
Indoor and outdoor sporting activities with kids' sessions and lessons available in badminton and trampolining.
Kempston Outdoor Centre (17 miles)
Kempston Outdoor Centre
Activities on offer include climbing and abseil tower, high ropes course, canoeing and kayaking; orienteering and navigation and archery.
Aerial Extreme Milton Keynes (17 miles)
Aerial Extreme Milton Keynes
is a high ropes adventure course involving a series of challenging obstacles set at varying heights above the ground. You'll find yourself tackling fun obstacles such as rope bridges, scramble nets, zip wires, swinging logs and balance beams, plus many more!
Flow House Bedford (22 miles)
Flow House Bedford
Come and try FlowRiders on which you can bodyboard and flowboard (surf). Let their expert instructors teach you to ride the waves and the best part is that no matter how old you are, it’s great fun!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Luton 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
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Bedfordshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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