Butterfly World (5 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!
London Zoo (13 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...
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (15 miles)
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
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, plus a brand new visitor centre!
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo (16 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.
Sea Life London Aquarium (16 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...
Paradise Wildlife Park (16 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...
Woburn Safari Park (26 miles)
Woburn Safari Park
Come to Woburn Safari Park and meet the wildlife, with over 80 species of wild animals roaming in 300 acres of beautiful parkland.
Surrey Hills Llamas (29 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.
Birds of Prey Centre (30 miles)
Birds of Prey Centre
A centre with over 200 birds of prey from around the world with flying displays and other activities. Experience Days available, including some that are especially for kids.
Beaver Water World (31 miles)
Beaver Water World
An animal rescue centre charity with loads to see and learn about. Quiz sheets available for the kids, plus tours and handling. Reasonably priced and open daily except for Christmas Day.
Eagle Heights (32 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.
Beale Park (32 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!
The British Wildlife Centre (36 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.
The Living Rainforest (37 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.
Shepreth Wildlife Park (37 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! Plus Keeper talks run throughout the day.
Birdworld (38 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!
Huxleys Birds of Prey Centre (42 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.
Linton Zoo (42 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.
Millets Farm Falconry (42 miles)
Millets Farm Falconry
Falconry Centre with several daily flying shows plus experiences available. Over 70 birds to see, plus a number of daily events including flying and feeding displays.
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife (43 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...
Catanger Llama Trekking (45 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.
Groombridge Enchanted Forest (45 miles)
Groombridge Enchanted Forest
The Enchanted Forest has giant tree swings, teepees, a pirate ship and board walk with zip wire and rope swings. See the Zedonk, watch birds of prey and take a canal boat ride. Beautiful gardens with a giant chess set.
Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland (45 miles)
Leigh on Sea
Belfairs Nature Reserve and Woodland
Get away from it all at this nature reserve and woodland centre and enjoy the wildlife and scenery. Lots of plants and animals to see, plus exhibits and displays in the woodland centre.
Crocodiles of the World (49 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 14 different species of crocodilian. 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...
Sealife Adventure (49 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.
Woods Mill Nature Reserve (51 miles)
Woods Mill Nature Reserve
A mixture of woodland and wetland habitats to explore plus the headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. There is always something to see, whatever the season. Free to visit.
Holdenby Falconry Centre (52 miles)
Holdenby Falconry Centre
Falconry centre offering a number of Experiences, including a half day with Owls and Hawks, and an Introduction to Falconry. Set in beautiful grounds of Holdenby House and Gardens. See a great range of owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons.
The Raptor Foundation (52 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.
Hamerton Zoo Park (53 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.
Bugtopia (53 miles)
An all weather attraction where you can meet and greet a variety of bugs, spiders, butterflies and lizards. Hands on interaction, feeding sessions, and a chance to learn more from the handler. Jungle Hut play area.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (55 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. Skymaze coming soon, too!
Colchester Zoo (55 miles)
One of the finest zoos in Europe with over 260 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 Butterfly Glade exhibit for 2015!
Dunreyth Alpacas (57 miles)
For a while now they have been training their young alpacas to walk to hand; thus enabling people to walk them about happily without training or experience.
Stanton Park (58 miles)
A local nature reserve and country park with a large lake and extensive woodland. A fairly wild sort place with natural features only, but a wonderful environment to explore, and free!
Brighton Sea Life Centre (59 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! Great idea for things to do in Brighton with kids.
The Hawk Conservancy Trust (59 miles)
The Hawk Conservancy Trust
Over 150 birds of prey on view at this conservation and visitors centre with talks, feeds, flying demonstrations and other activities.
Marwell Wildlife (60 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.
Farmyard Funworld (1 miles)
Small Farmyard with a selection of farm animals, many friendly and able to be handled, small pets, plus feeding sessions.
Also Close Encounters sessions with reptiles and more. Plus several play areas and laser tag.
Willows Farm (8 miles)
Farmyard animals adventure play, fun fair rides, children’s shows, falconry displays and tractor rides, indoor adventure soft play too and seasonal activities.
Church Farm (23 miles)
Walk round the farm and visit with the variety of animals, plus enjoy the woodland play area with castles and slides, they're free! You can also buy animal feed and pick up a map of where you can offer it out.
De Havilland Aircraft Museum (7 miles)
De Havilland Aircraft Museum
A small but interesting museum dedicated the de Havilland Aircraft, with a good selection of planes to investigate, including some made of wood. You can get pretty close to the planes and even inside the cockpit of some of them.
Verulamium Museum (7 miles)
Explore recreated Roman rooms and discover the hypocaust, get hands on with artefacts and use the touch screens, study fine mosaics and every second weekend hear a real Roman tactics talk! Plus natural wildlife garden with kids' trail.
Museum of St Albans (8 miles)
Museum of St Albans
Tells the story of St Albans from the departure of the Romans to the present day, with many fun special exhibits and a wildlife garden with children's trail.
Mill Green Mill and Museum (12 miles)
Mill Green Mill and Museum
We’re a working watermill and a local museum with lots to see and do. See how bread starts! Watch the mill grind wheat into flour. Exhibition galleries offer children’s activities, plus indoor and outdoor trails. Drop-in activities for children every school holiday plus special events through the...
Natural History Museum at Tring (15 miles)
Natural History Museum at Tring
Visit the galleries and come face to face with a full-sized gorilla, a huge anaconda or an extinct giant moa, just a few of the 4,000 animals on display! 2015 welcomes Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea!
Tring Local History Museum (15 miles)
Tring Local History Museum
A lovely little museum that covers the local history of the small market town of Tring from its earliest days to the recent past. Dress up in Victorian costume and learn how to plait straw.
Hertford Museum (17 miles)
Come and explore Hertford Museum! Discover our play shop, handle fossils and see moving old toys! We also have gallery trails and discovery bags comprising of objects and activities available to use free of charge and to accompany your visit.
British Schools Museum (21 miles)
British Schools Museum
A museum of education in a unique complex of historic classrooms. Children of all ages can dress up in period costume to explore the classrooms, practice their writing in sand trays and on slates, play with Victorian toys and visit the Headmaster’s House to experience Victorian domestic life. Limited...
The Henry Moore Foundation (25 miles)
The Henry Moore Foundation
A great visit for all the family to the beautiful former home of artist Henry Moore. A 70-acre estate including outdoor sculpture gardens, restored house and studios, gallery, refreshments and shop. Please book your visit.
Royston Museum (32 miles)
is a museum that celebrates local history and local people.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Watford 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 Hertfordshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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