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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A Family Day Out at Bristol Zoo

We are super lucky to live quite close to a few wildlife parks and zoo's and one of James favourite at the moment is Bristol Zoo, it houses an array of animals from large animals such as Lions and Sea Lions to the smallest of creatures such as bugs and fish. It makes for a great family day out for both young and old and so I thought I would share some of our images for you to check out.


As well as all of the animals to see Bristol Zoo also offers wide range of additional activities such as animal encounters and talks where you can get up close and personal to lots of different animals as well as learning more about the animal and where they come from. There are also a number of park and play areas across the park, a large maze and a gift shop. 



Bristol Zoo is comprised of several different themed zones each housing a different group of animals and species inside, These include the Reptile house, Aquarium, Gorilla island, Twilight zone, Butterfly forest, Zona Brazil, Seal and penguin coasts and Bug world. Each zone has a wide range of animals inside that you can really get up close to and get a good look at, there are also lots of different plaques full of information about each animal dotted around the park near each enclosure. 

James certainly enjoyed the photo props we found on the way around which included some themed boards like the bats below where you could pop your head through, giant shells and even the jaws of a shark, but are you brave enough to put your head through!? 

Alongside these funny photo props we also found boards with information about the animals in nearby enclosures too which was really informative and some of the facts were fascinated! 


Some of the enclosures also include special tunnels or interactive features such as these tubes with a bubble at the end so you can crawl through the tunnel, pop your head up into the bubble and it feels like your in the enclosure with the animals! This was a big hit with James as he could get some close up looks at the animals such as the meerkats and huge fish. He also loved the tunnels under the water which meant you could see all the seals, penguins and fish swimming over head! 


We spent the whole day at Bristol Zoo and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! As you can see from this map there is so much to do at Bristol Zoo and around every corner there is something new to see. From exotic animals to monkeys swinging through the trees and even some live animals shows happening on the green. 


(Photo taken from the Bristol Zoo website).

There is something to entertain everyone of all ages and at the end of our visit we popped into the gift shop some of the items did seem quite expensive however they were REALLY cute and there was so much on offer from cuddle toys, arts and crafts to sweets! 

We finished off our visit with ice cream and smiles all round.




Bristol zoo is more than just a zoo. They are actually known as the Bristol Zoological Society – a conservation and education charity made up of three distinct sections which include -
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens, A five-hectare zoo in the heart of Bristol.
  • The Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation, which is responsible for all of their conservation work – both in the field, and at home.
  • The National Wildlife Conservation Park – a proposed, new 55-hectare zoological park located at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. The first steps towards creating this park have now taken place with the opening of the Wild Place Project.
We highly recommend Bristol Zoo if you are looking for a fun, educational and exciting day trip for all the family. There is lots to offer onsite and in the summer holidays you can often find "kids go free" offers via the zoo's website or Facebook page. 

Have you ever visited Bristol Zoo?

xXx

24 comments:

  1. It looks like a great day out!!! I absolutely love the Zoo and wish I lived closer, I am planning a Zoo trip for my 21st! xx


    Blonde of Carbs

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    1. I love the zoo too! We are quite lucky that Bristol Zoo is only a 30 minute drive from our house. xx

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  2. Bristol Zoo looks as good as Colchester, which we are fortunate enough to live near! Gorgeous photos :)

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    1. ooo we have never been to Colchester Zoo but have just had a look online and it looks great! x

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  3. Bristol zoo looks amazing. My kids would enjoy climbing into the animal models, the kangaroo is fab.

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    1. Yea they are perfect for kids for have a play about on. James loved climbing in all the animals and pulling funny faces to match the animals lol! x

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  4. Lovely pictures. The big fish from first picture set looks very grumpy ;-)

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  5. Bristol Zoo looks ace. You have to make the most of family time anytime you can.

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    1. It is a really good day out. Yep you do indeed hubby has the week off so we have lots of day trips planned before little man starts school in september! xx

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  6. Looks like a really fun day! I love the picture of the Kangaroo and it's joey! :) x

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    1. We did thank you :) He does make a rather cute joey doesn't he lol! xx

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  7. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Family time in the summer holidays is the best and never a reason to apologise for not blogging ;) xx

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    1. We did thank you :) Yea hubby always takes a week off work in the summer holidays so we can do something and we have been quite lucky with the weather this week so have been on plenty of days trips :) xx

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  8. Zoos are the best! I love to go with my son also and he loves to visit a zoo. The pictures are so much fun to watch and it's a joy to see the expressions on your son's face :)

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    1. He didn't stop smiling the whole time we were there! Im glad you like the pictures :) xx

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  9. We are members of Bristol zoo and love it there...so much to see and do. Love your photos, it looks like you've had a lovely time.

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    1. We looked at becoming members when we went. It seems like a really fair price for being able to visit when you like! x

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  10. It's a great zoo and a really useful outing for when the weather's a bit iffy as there are good sheltered areas. Glad you enjoyed your day

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    1. It is indeed we managed to hide out in the Butterfly forest whilst a shower passed and stayed nice and dry! xx

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  11. I really need to go to Bristol zoo - we tend to go to Marwell as it is a bit closer but Bristol isn't too far away!

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  12. I love that you can climb into the kangaroos pouch - what great fun

    #ffdo

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