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 Zoo.
Mead Open Farm (9 miles)
Mead Open Farm
Huge indoor play, maximum hands on farmyard fun and numerous family outdoor activities. Expect the best at award winning Mead Open Farm.
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.
Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre (15 miles)
Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre
One of the UK's Largest Bird of Prey Centres, with over 200 birds and displays throughout the day it's a fascinating trip for kids. After each flying display there will be the opportunity to handle some of the owls!
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 National Speedway Museum!
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 Zoo. Daily live animal shows too.
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 unique Shark Reef Encounter!
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)
emphasis is on conservation and education, while providing enjoyable family days out in Cambridgeshire. 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
There's more than just seeing their 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.
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
prides itself on its reputation for providing 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 this along with great competitions to enter ensures thereâs something for everyone.
Crocodiles of the World (47 miles)
Crocodiles of the World
See more than 80 crocodiles, alligators and caimans, often through underwater viewing enclosures for eye-to-eye encounters! Talks, tours, feeding demonstrations and photo opportunities available. Please note the limited opening times.
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!
Sealife Adventure (55 miles)
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 inhabited by over 500 birds - flamingos, pelicans, colourful parrots to laughing kookaburras and magical owls.
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?!
Tropical Birdland (64 miles)
Come and see hundreds of beautiful and exotic birds. Wander around their walk through aviary. There are also several way marked trails around the 6 acres of woodland, plus explore the koi pond and water gardens.
Plantasia (66 miles)
Explore the UK’s largest collection of permanent mazes, feed the carp, visit the animal field, clamber over the tree top trail, explore the woodland walk or just sit and enjoy the colours, sounds and smells of nature. Spread over 30 acres, there is plenty of room for all that energy.
Seaquarium at Clacton Pier (68 miles)
Clacton on Sea
Seaquarium at Clacton Pier
An informative, educational, fun learning opportunity to appreciate from an up close perspective some of the intriguing creatures surrounding our coastal areas.
Twycross Zoo (71 miles)
Set in 80 acres of parkland and known worldwide for its apes and monkeys this conservation centre breeds endangered species and many more to observe. Make sure you see the Penguins at feeding time and check out the brand new Lemur Walk-through enclosure, the Amur leopard exhibit, a Sri Lankan themed elephant walkway, Himalayan-themed snow leopard exhibit, and much more.
Marwell Wildlife (72 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.
Dunreyth Alpacas (72 miles)
For a while now they have been training their young alpacas to walk to hand; thus enabling people to walk these young alpacas.
Banham Zoo (73 miles)
Enjoy the ultimate fun filled day out at one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the country. Banham Zoo rated amongst UK's top three Zoos by WHICH? A must go to place if you are looking for family days out in Norfolk.
Brighton Sea Life Centre (74 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!
Birmingham Nature Centre (75 miles)
Birmingham Nature Centre
homes a wide range of animals from across the world. These animals include many charismatic and exciting species like meerkats, lemurs and otters. The Centre has a wide collection of endangered reptiles
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.
Collection highlights include the Wenlok Jug, the Shillington gold coin hoard and the Mossman collection Ãâ" Britain's largest public collection of horse-drawn vehicles.
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 sited right on the boundary wall of Woburn Estate. Open from 10 to 18:30 everyday from May to September each year.
Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre (11 miles)
Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre
is good for the family, it has a special pool where they can raise and lower the depth, so when they do swimming lessons they make it shallow for small kids, and deeper for bigger kids.
Woburn Lido (12 miles)
A large traditional exterior pool with full heating, changing rooms with showers and lockers, and lifeguard facilities. Great for a family splash about in the sunshine.
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.
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
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