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Zoos and Wildlife Parks near to Southend
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Sealife Adventure (< 1 mile)
Southend on Sea
Sealife Adventure 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.
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife (9 miles)
Chelmsford
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...
Wildwood (23 miles)
Herne Bay
Wildwood Get nose to nose with British wildlife here at Wildwood, home to those animals which used to roam our countryside like wolves, wild boar, beaver, lynx and wild horses, as well as those found in the woods today, such as badgers, deer, otters and foxes. Now home to a particularly rare specimen, a beautiful wild...
Colchester Zoo (23 miles)
Colchester
Colchester Zoo 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.
Eagle Heights (25 miles)
Eynsford
Eagle Heights 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.
Seaquarium at Clacton Pier (26 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.
Howletts Wild Animal Park (27 miles)
Bekesbourne
Howletts Wild Animal Park The famous animal collection is set in 90 acres of ancient parkland. From close encounters with tigers at the glass-fronted enclosures to a high ropes adventure on the Treetop Challenge and a walkthrough Lemur paddock, you'll find surprises around every corner.
Wingham Wildlife Park (29 miles)
Canterbury
Wingham Wildlife Park Butterfly house, refurbished reptile house, oodles of monkeys, parrot house, meerkats, new adventure play area and picnic area, lots more. A full day!
Ada Cole Rescue Stables (31 miles)
Nazeing
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.
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (34 miles)
Hythe
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park A safari adventure set in 100 acres where animals roam free together as if on the plains of Africa: plus the world’s largest gorilla enclosure and big creepy crawlies in the Discovery Zone.
Sea Life London Aquarium (36 miles)
South Bank
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...
Paradise Wildlife Park (36 miles)
Broxbourne
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...
Groombridge Enchanted Forest (37 miles)
Tunbridge Wells
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?!
London Zoo (37 miles)
Regents Park
London Zoo 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...
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo (38 miles)
Battersea
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.
The British Wildlife Centre (42 miles)
Lingfield
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.
Linton Zoo (43 miles)
Linton
Linton Zoo 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.
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings (48 miles)
Hastings
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings Take the ultimate undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium. Enjoy close encounters with seahorses, native sharks, giant octopus and hundreds of other amazing aquatic creatures. Don't miss the amazing tropical underwater walkthrough tunnel! Informative, entertaining talks and feeding displays throughout the...
Butterfly World (48 miles)
St Albans
Butterfly World - 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.
Havergate Island (48 miles)
Aldeburgh
Havergate Island A haven for large numbers of ducks and wading birds, also a great place to see brown hares at close range. Access is by boat only and pre-booking is essential.
Shepreth Wildlife Park (49 miles)
Shepreth
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.
Drusillas Park (55 miles)
Alfriston
Drusillas Park Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country - with brilliant play areas, Thomas the Tank Engine and close encounters in Lemurland and Lory Landing. Hello Kitty Secret Garden also offers the UKs first themed Hello Kitty attraction with 3 theme park rides, a Hello Kitty bedroom and a beauty parlour.
Huxleys Birds of Prey Centre (55 miles)
Horsham
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.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (58 miles)
Dunstable
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...
Surrey Hills Llamas (59 miles)
Guildford
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.
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park (8 miles)
South Woodham Ferrers
Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park Meet all your farmyard friends, Tractor and Trailer Rides, Indoor and Outdoor Play, Animal Interactions, Pesky Pet Show, Birds of Prey, Pet Barn, Milking Demonstrations and much more!
Barleylands Farm Park (12 miles)
Billericay
Barleylands Farm Park Get ready for all weather free range family fun. Say hello to cuddly farmyard friends, join in animal activities, meet birds of prey, run wild in the indoor play or jump aboard the tractor and trailer ride or miniature railway.
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary (19 miles)
Brentwood
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary is a child friendly sanctuary provides a safe haven to animals that need it. They include horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, chinchillas and Max the bull, who loves nothing more than being tickled between his horns!
Clacton Zoo (25 miles)
Clacton on Sea
Clacton Zoo - a children's petting zoo with animals you can feed, stroke and interact with. We have many different friendly animals that the children can learn about including alpacas, goats, micro pigs and various birds. 80 metres from Clacton sea front and 200 metres from Clacton pier.
Boydells Dairy Farm (29 miles)
Braintree
Boydells Dairy Farm Provides a fun-packed and educational visit for children and adults alike. Try your hand at milking a cow or sheep, feeding hens, riding a donkey cart or outstaring a llama!
Lee Valley Park Farms (33 miles)
Waltham Abbey
Lee Valley Park Farms If you want to get the kids out of the house and are looking for something that is fun, interesting and educational, Lee Valley has all of this and more! With lots of different farm animals to meet and others you wouldn't expect to meet: charming meerkats, cheeky marmosets, reptiles and llamas!
Central Museum (< 1 mile)
Southend on Sea
Central Museum Houses the collections of local and natural history and archaeology, and tells the story of Southend’s growth as a major seaside destination.
Southend Pier Museum (< 1 mile)
Southend On Sea
Southend Pier Museum boasts an exciting range of vintage train and tram carriages plus pictorial memorabilia, penny slot machines and period costumes.
Castle Point Transport Museum (4 miles)
Canvey Island
Castle Point Transport Museum Home to over thirty old and rare buses and coaches alongside vintage commercials, military and emergency vehicles. Great for kids into all things 'vroom'!
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre (8 miles)
Battlebridge
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre Over 80 dealers housed in a variety of old buildings and courtyards, and a vintage motorcycle museum. Great for quieter kids who'll just love all the mysterious stuff!
The Cater Museum (14 miles)
Billericay
The Cater Museum A series of accurately set up Victorian rooms which is great to help kids studying the period visualise it better. They also host displays on local history and have a World War II exhibition room and Victorian garden.
Chelmsford Museum (17 miles)
Chelmsford
Chelmsford Museum Set in a park with an adventure play area, the museum offers a nice variety of exhibits, from a fine collection of fossils, a living beehive and British wildlife galleries, to the history of the Essex Regiment and the Essex Yeomanry.
Thurrock Museum (17 miles)
Grays
Thurrock Museum Here you can explore the history of Thurrock through 40 permanent display cases and 20 temporary display cases, containing over 1,500 objects, interpreting 250,000 years of Thurrock's past.
Natural History Museum Colchester (26 miles)
Colchester
Natural History Museum Colchester A fascinating chance to get closer to nature. Find out about wildlife habitats, biodiversity and climate change in a family friendly environment full of hands on activities.
Hollytrees Museum (26 miles)
Colchester
Hollytrees Museum Follow the story around this beautiful Georgian building taking in domestic life and childhood in Colchester over the past 300 years. Meet many different characters from the past and experience Colchester's fascinating history.
Colchester Castle Museum (26 miles)
Colchester
Colchester Castle Museum Lots of hands on exhibits of appeal to children and adults alike. Displays on castle prisons, medieval and Norman Colchester, lots going on.
North Weald Airfield and Museum (27 miles)
North Weald
North Weald Airfield and Museum Still a very active airfield and on most summer weekends visitors can see some of the veteran and classic aircraft based on the airfield in action. The museum focuses on local service personnel and civilian histories.
The Museum of Harlow (30 miles)
Harlow
The Museum of Harlow Four galleries focusing on local history within major time frames, plus temporary exhibit gallery. Time Detectives kids' history and archaeology workshops at weekends, plus a walled garden to explore with picnic area.
The House on the Hill Toy Museum (33 miles)
Stansted Mountfitchet
The House on the Hill Toy Museum This is the largest privately owned toy museum in Europe with over 80,000 individual items of mixed antiquity toys on display. Plus Palaeontology House and Haunted Manor for older types!
Saffron Walden Museum (39 miles)
Saffron Walden
Saffron Walden Museum We are a family friendly museum where you can have fun exploring ancient history, natural history, local history and world cultures. We have an archaeological sandpit, where you can come and excavate, animals to stroke, microscopes to peep through, fossils, quizzes and much, much more.
Blackwater Leisure Centre (13 miles)
Maldon
Blackwater Leisure Centre - boasts a superb leisure pool, incorporating the challenging Jungle River ride, a fun flume ride, lazy river ride, a safe swimming area for children and novelty bubble pool! Plus separate Baby Pool for our youngest visitors and lane swimming provided.
Woodup Pool (16 miles)
Maldon
Woodup Pool A very basic salt water bathing pool with an area of sand at one end. Open May to September. It should be noted they do not have lifeguards. Currently undergoing changes, call before going.
Brightlingsea Open Air Pool (23 miles)
Colchester
Brightlingsea Open Air Pool Offering 2 pools, one a 15m paddling pool, and the second a 50m main pool. The season runs from the end of May through to the beginning of September.
Braintree Swimming Centre (23 miles)
Braintree
Braintree Swimming Centre Facility includes a great family fun orientated pool, with slide and interactive equipment. Children must be under 8 years to use this pool and acompanied by a parent or an adult.
Colchester Leisure World (26 miles)
Colchester
Colchester Leisure World 16 family fun features including two thrilling flumes, river rapids, crazy river, waves, geysers, still more slides and family spa pools! Also has standard swimming facilities.

Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Southend 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 Essex can enjoy the great day out as well.



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