Recently we were invited down to Paradise Wildlife Park, Hertfordshire, to spend the day experiencing all it has to offer. Max loves the zoo, as does my niece, so we decided to make it a family affair and all made the hour drive from Essex to the Wildlife Park, keen to see if it lived up to it’s great reputation.
Paradise Wildlife Park features many favourite animals from meerkats to big cats and even a few friends from down under. You’ll also find zebras, wolves, penguins and much more. There are viewing rooms and raised walkways around the big cat enclosures, offering a range of viewing positions, and we managed to get the perfect spot to watch the cheetah feeding display. As you’d expect there are plenty of keeper talks for many of the animals throughout the day, and I found these really interesting. Just make sure you get over to them in plenty of time as they are really popular and you want to avoid being stuck at the back if you can help it.
Once we’d spent time seeing the animals we headed off to re-fuel and get some lunch. You’ll find plenty of eateries spread around the park, offering everything from a light snack to fish and chips. We ate in ‘Safari Same Diner’ and all opted for the gourmet steak burger with fries. At £8 a piece, plus £2.50 for a bottle of drink, this was on the pricey side but no more expensive than what you’ll find at other tourist attractions.
Next we decided to check out all the different play areas that were dotted around the park. There are five adventure playgrounds in total, including an indoor soft play centre. ‘Funland’ was probably my niece’s favourite area. With converted diggers, a giant lego pit and F1 cars to keep her entertained, she had a blast in here and we struggled to drag her away. Max however had other ideas when it came to his favourite and it seems he was won over by a tiny little wooden house, surrounded by leaves and mud. That boy is easily entertained!
As well as the play areas and the animals there are many other activities available at Paradise Wildlife Park. The train was our personal favourite as it took you on a five minute ride and gave us a chance to rest our tired legs. It’s worth noting here that many of these do cost extra though so make sure you bring plenty of £1 coins with you. Activities include racing cars, water jets, musical rides, safari mini golf and a full-sized fire engine. There’s also a mini waterpark with paddling pool and slides, something which we didn’t get to experience as it was a bit too cold when we visited, but it would be ideal to cool off in during a nice hot day.
Paradise Wildlife Park ticks a lot of boxes, with an even mix of rides, play, animals and nature. It’s clean, well maintained and easy to navigate round, even Max had a go at reading the map.
I’d say the park is aimed at younger children and is probably slightly less suitable for older children or adults without children as there’s a strong play element to the park. However if you’re a family with little ones like us I’d say you’d be hard pushed to find a better place to spend the day and overall we had a great day out.
*we received complimentary entrance into the park for the purpose of this review, however all words, opinions and photos are my own