Despite being the summer holidays the entrance and ticket booths were so well manned there was no queuing time at all. There are 4 ticket booths which definitely helps keep ques down much to our delight as Evelyn hates queuing.
As we entered the park we discovered the cafe and gift shop as well as a large play area which included a climbing area and huge trampolines. Noah's Ark also currently have the elephant trail which you can complete. You simple pick up a map and a set of stickers near the entrance and find the decorated elephant statues dotted around the park. James loved this and took lots of pride in doing his as we ventured through the park. Each elephant statue also contains a fact or question which really got him thinking which was great!
Next we discovered the tractor ride and decided to hop on to the first ride since we happened to be there (ride times are displayed on a clock near the tractor waiting area). There was no waiting although this may be different later in the day and we jumped on board for a ride around the bits of Noah's Ark we wouldn't usually see.
The tractor ride is charged at an extra £2 per person for a 10-15 minute tractor ride. Whilst we did thoroughly enjoy our ride I think at £2 per person this could certainly add up if you have a larger family and think £1 per person may have been more appropriate. However it is definitely worth doing, our tractor driver was lovely and gave us some really informative information about the working farm side of Noah's ark and the animals. We also got to see these stunning views over Bristol/Avonmouth and Wales.
There are also so many animals to see at Noah's Ark zoo farm, everything from snakes and lizards to elephants and bears! The new African Animals area at Noah's Ark is amazing. It features Elephants, Giraffe's, Bears and even Rhino! James adored being able to go inside the Giraffe house and get up close and personal to the Giraffe's (they were literally a few feet away!).
At the end of our visit we were all very hot so decided to go to the cafe for an ice-cream before heading home. On our way we found this quaint little splash pool/ welly boot land which all the children were splashing around in. It certainly helped James and Evelyn to cool down and I think this is such a fab idea. I do think this could use a little padding around though as the edges are concrete and there are some corners dotted around at head level for children. This didn't affect our ability to use it though and the kids had lots of fun.
Would be recommend Noah's Ark zoo farm? 110% yes! We had a fantastic family day out and James is already asking when we can go back. There is something here for everyone from toddlers to adults and it really is a whole day out.
As well as all of the things I have mentioned above Noah's Ark also boasts several play area's including outdoor parks, indoor soft play area's, a huge outdoor maze and even a straw barn where you can realise your inner monkey and swing around! There is so much to do at Noah's Ark we didn't manage to enjoy these area's so we will definitely be back again soon!
** I was not paid for this post, we were given tickets to enable us to visit and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**