Get up and close with some incredible creatures at London Zoo
Before he was barely beginning to form words, my son could say clearly 'monkey' and roar like a lion with perfect clarity. Kids love animals, there is no doubt about that! And to see the animals in real life from their story books for the first time? These are cherished moments.
A schlep to Africa to see lions may not be on the cards for your family. So how lucky that London Zoo is right on our doorstep and chock full of incredible animals.
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So what does a trip to London Zoo entail? See below on all you will need to know:
Number one reason for going to a zoo is generally for not much else than to see the amazing animals. And London Zoo has it all. From the safari animals like lions, giraffes and zebras to the exotic tigers, pygmy hippos, lemurs and gorillas, your little one will be absolutely astounded. There is also reptiles, birds and bugs for the more daring kids. And otters, meerkats and penguins for those awwwwww moments.
Do you have a little adventurer that wants to get up close and personal with a furry creature? The Animal Adventure gives kids a chance to explore and meet the animals in a few different zones. The tree top village lets kids climb, swing and visit the lookout towers for a treetop view of the world. The touch zone lets kids groom and feed goats and sheep as well as meet donkeys, llamas and pigs.
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For an more up close and personal experience, you can purchase a meet the animal ticket for an extra cost. The animals waiting to meet you include giraffes, kangaroos, meerkats, penguins and more. These experiences cost £54.00 on top of your ticket entry to the zoo. Other experiences include junior keeper for a day, junior zoo academy and bedbugs sleepover where you can sleep over at the zoo in the bug house.
The newest exhibit in London Zoo is the Land of the Lions. There are three walkways in the exhibit with thrilling, immersive Indian-themed areas to explore. This includes a train station, temple clearing, high street and guard hut. You can check out the big cats from India and hear their powerful roar.
From 21st July to 2nd September there is a summer holiday program happening at the zoo. The superhero academy lets kids learn about animal super powers and complete exciting animal activities. There is also a maze with obstacles and other awesome superhero activities and play packs.
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If you purchase your tickets online you can save 10%. There are a variety of ticketing options include family packs but general admission tickets start at:
Child (3-15 years) £18.00
Under 3 free
Opening Times From 25th March 2018 until 2nd September opening times are 10am to 6pm (last entry 6pm).
Good to know for Families - Prams and trikes can be hired on a first come and first served basis
- You are welcome to bring your own picnics and picnic tables are provided. There is also an aquarium kiosk, an animal cafe and a terrace restaurant that offers a range of food for everyone
- Parking is available but limited so public transport may be your best option. See here for directions to London Zoo. London Zoo is within walking distance of Camden Town and Regent's Park stations and a short bus ride from Baker Street station