Earlier this summer we were very kindly invited to discover and explore Paradise Wildlife Park, a family-run animal park located in Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. Paradise Wildlife Park is different from your average zoo or animal park, they have DINOSAURS. So, of course, I jumped at the chance and added to our list of adventures.
Paradise Wildlife Park is a compact zoo, one of the smallest we have ever been too but without being too in your face – it was one of the best zoo experiences especially for little feet in the heat. It hit the early 30’s just after midday when we were there in July.
We skipped straight to the World of Dinosaurs – without a doubt the highlight for all of us during our time at Paradise Wildlife Park. World of Dinosaurs is a roarsome animatronic dinosaur walk in the woods. We came face-to-face with some of our favourite dinosaurs giving us a real sense of the impressive creatures that once roamed the earth.
World of Dinosaurs is the UK’s biggest dinosaur attraction set in acres of natural woodland with 30 life-sized moving and roaring dinosaurs. You would almost mistake your place for a Jurassic Park movie if you didn’t keep up with the crowd.
It was everything we wanted it to be. Life-sized giants moving, screeching and pretty convincing if you ask me.
There is a little train ride, the ‘Rex Express’ at £2 per person, we did it after the walk and didn’t see anything we hadn’t seen before so I personally wouldn’t recommend it. I, however, cannot deny that the double trouble duo loved it. The big kid said it was a ‘big load of dinosaur poop’. So take from that what you will…
Following the dino packed adventures, we ventured out into the rest of the park. We discovered it is actually split in two with the animals on one side and everything else on the other. So we crossed a little secure road within the park in search of Lions, Tigers and Bears.
It was an absolute scorcher of a day so lots of the animals were hiding in the shade which is only natural but others were loving it and all the treats that came with the sun.
The Penguins hoped, flipped and flopped about, it was as if they were performing for us. The kids chuckled till their bellies hurt then one child attempted to climb the rail for a swim which was our cue to continue exploring.
We found tigers, lions, jaguars, zebra, meerkat and zebra just to name a few.
There were lots of talks, feeds and shows throughout the day but we didn’t stick around for any, unfortunately, it was way too warm so we wandered the exhibition area’s and we stumbled upon a keeper changing the leaves in the beetle enclosure. A highlight of the day for my critter loving kid.
I promise you if you ask my 8-year-old anything about beetles she will have the answer all thanks to our unplanned up close and personal with a family of bugs.
A highlight for the smallest was the farmyard. Visitors can buy a bag of vegetable peels for a pound or two to feed the alpaca, sheep, and goats.
Something that really stood out to me was the hand washing basins and reminders around the yard. I loved that they were the perfect height for kids, even for my littlest.
We stopped for lunch in Safari Sam’s Diner and I’d be lying if I said we ate. The food was rather yuck! It was cold, the kids chicken nuggets were like rocks and even my little foodie scrunched up her nose up at her meal in favour of the fruits and snacks packed in our bag. We shared a bag of apples, bananas, oranges, raisins and a mix of Organix treats for lunch that day.
There was a large indoor soft play area but we avoided it at all costs. It was sticky warm and I could see serious slide burn in the distance and I wasn’t mentally prepared for any meltdowns in the event any occurred. Better safe than sorry I say.
The large adventure playground had a mix of everything. The boy had his firetruck. The big kid found a colony of bee’s busy making honey which entertained her for easily 30 minutes in the shade. And the other two just hoped and jumped from one activity to another throughout the playground only returning for water every few minutes.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Paradise Wildlife Park and without a shadow of a doubt, World of Dinosaurs IS NOT TO BE MISSED nor is the little lagoon near the main entrance. My lot stripped down to their togs and splashed for the guts of an hour until we were practically kicked out of the park, they didn’t want to leave. It was the perfect ending to the perfect day and I would wholeheartedly return. It was a jam-packed fun-filled day with something for all ages.
We received complimentary tickets to Paradise Wildlife Park during our UK road trip in July, in return for an honest write-up. All thoughts and opinions are my own.