Badger Watch Dorset (9 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.
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park (15 miles)
Monkey World (16 miles)
is a 65-acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium (17 miles)
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium
Our informative displays feature aquatic stars of the world famous Jurassic coastal waters and stunning River Frome. Newest feature is the Seahorse Display Centre.
Seahorses are among the exotic and fascinating creatures from other lands you can also see in our beautiful aquariums.
Longleat (18 miles)
Explore Jungle Kingdom, a multi million pound attraction. Go walkabout in the UK's first walkthrough meerkat enclosure, hand feed the Rainbow Lorikeets in the Lorikeet Feeding Station and enjoy the antics of the monkeys in Monkey Temple! Take a sea lion escorted voyage on Jungle Cruise past Gorilla Island or journey on the Jungle Express, a themed railway experience.
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower (22 miles)
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower
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.
Abbotsbury Swannery (23 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.
Oceanarium (24 miles)
- brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary (28 miles)
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
Spotting deer in the New Forest isn't always easy, but at Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary there is a purpose built viewing platform overlooking a large meadow area where a herd of fallow deer regularly gather.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium (31 miles)
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.
Cheddar Caves and Gorge (32 miles)
Cheddar Caves and Gorge
Whatever the weather, Cheddar Caves & Gorge is the ideal day out destination for all the family. Prepare to be entertained, educated and enlightened! Our friendly staff will do all they can to make your day special and memorable.
New Forest Reptile Centre (32 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
Secret World (35 miles)
is a charity that specialises in the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of Britain’s orphaned, injured and sick wildlife. Visit the animals during their stay and get a close up look at the significant work they do. Only open on specific days of the year
Horseworld (35 miles)
Ideal for any horse lovers out there - including grooming, interactive museum, nature trail and loads more
The New Forest Wildlife Park (35 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 and teens.
Bristol Aquarium (38 miles)
offers over 40 living displays featuring fascinating marine life from around the world, from sharks to tropical seahorses.
Bristol Zoo Gardens (39 miles)
Bristol Zoo Gardens
A visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens is an adventure into an exciting animal kingdom, all set within 12 acres of beautiful grounds and award-winning gardens
Seaquarium (41 miles)
Here you will discover the fascinating secrets hidden beneath the Severn Estuary and the sea beyond. Over 25 display tanks of sharks, rays and other creatures swimming gracefully past.
The Donkey Sanctuary (42 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 ‘adopt’, along with family picnic areas.
Marwell Wildlife (45 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 three play areas where children can run wild while you take a well-earned break.
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve (45 miles)
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve
Arreton Down is on downland which is part of the main chalk ridge which runs across the Isle of Wight from east to west. It consists of calcarious grassland, with some scrub edges. It contains archaeological features. There are extensive views across the Island from the higher parts of the down.
Owl and Monkey Haven (48 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!'
Tropiquaria (49 miles)
Free roaming birds and lizards in the Tropical Hall; wide collection of fish plus Tarantulas and Giant Millipedes in the Basement; outdoor animal enclosures plus indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds!
Amazon World (51 miles)
An all-weather, family attraction! The Islands largest collection of rare and exotic animals! A great day out whatever your age!
Owl and Falconry Centre (51 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, which is an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'.
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (52 miles)
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
'The Sanctuary was first established in 1987 to provide any donkey in distress or otherwise in need of care and attention, a safe and permanent home.'
Special events include the Grand Donkey Day out.
Flamingo Park Wildlife Encounter (53 miles)
Flamingo Park Wildlife Encounter
There are three different species of flamingo at the Park ~ Chilean, Lesser and Caribbean, numbering well over a hundred in total.
Blue Reef Aquarium (54 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.
Isle of Wight Zoo (54 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.
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park (59 miles)
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park
Parrot handling; Dog training; Natural Herbal Remedies; Care of your pets; Alpaca Walks and Animal Handling Sessions. Hawk walks, Falconry Days, Courses, Half days, Owl Hour.......
The Living Rainforest (60 miles)
The Living Rainforest
Discover the rainforestâs 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.
Dunreyth Alpacas (62 miles)
For a while now they have been training their young alpacas to walk to hand; thus enabling people to walk these young alpacas.
Living Coasts (63 miles)
Take a journey around the coasts of the world where amazing plants and animals live life on the edge. You'll see birds and mammals in specially-designed naturalistic habitats. With outdoor and indoor exhibits, there's plenty to see and do whatever the weather.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (65 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.
Devon Wildlife Centre and Hospital (66 miles)
Devon Wildlife Centre and Hospital
A real wildlife hospital and rehabilitation centre that will capture kids' hearts. By definition there is an ever-changing array of animals at the centre, but they always welcome families and offer a daily programme of keeper talks.
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo (66 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.
Birdworld (66 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. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do with kids in Surrey
Paignton Zoo (66 miles)
Explore 80 acres of natural habitat and see the hundreds of animals that live there. As well as seeing the animals, there are plenty of other things to do: get your face painted, catch the feeding times or let off steam in our playareas.
International Centre for Birds of Prey (69 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.
Crocodiles of the World (69 miles)
Crocodiles of the World
See more than 70 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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Sturminster Newton 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 Dorset can enjoy the great day out as well.
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