Considering we only live around 20 minutes away from Chester Zoo it’s been quite a while since we last visited. My girls have been asking to go for a few months now and I promised I would take them in the school holidays. Needless to say then when I got the opportunity to go last weekend I jumped at the chance, as did my girls.
Typically it was raining, however that didn’t put us off, in fact it just gave us an excuse to buy some cute animal umbrellas in the gift shop. If I am being completely honest it is quite a good place to visit in the rain as it doesn’t seem as busy and you actually don’t notice it all that much whilst pottering in and out of animal enclosures!
Now if I can give you one tip it is look at the map, see what animals you really want to see and have a little plan. Chester Zoo is huge, there is so much to do and see that I think it is impossible to see everything in the one day.
We started off with the elephants which are situated just as you enter the zoo so you really can’t miss them. They are amazing, huge and it seems surreal being so close to them – I can’t help but stare at them in wonder!
We then went to the monkey house requested by Meme (she is always climbing and swinging off things we actually call her a little monkey!) and the girls loved watching them. This was followed by venturing deeper into the Zoo in search of a play area. My girls love the playgrounds at Chester Zoo and regardless of the rain they still had fun.
I then spotted the sign to see some penguins which I love. You can see them on the top of the rocks but there is also some underwater windows so you can see them swimming which my girls were astounded by, it was pretty amazing. Flamingos caught our eye next and, I have to admit, I think I’m a little obsessed with them!! We also noticed a play sign which asked the question could you hop on one foot like a flamingo – which of course my girls tried, mostly successful! There was also the new play skipping lane in which my Meme happy obliged. I did love these new added signs encouraging little ones to play and interact and am quite intrigued to see what the new play zone has to offer (unfortunately it wasn’t quite open yet during our trip)
After seeing some more of our favourite animals I wanted to pop and see the islands before the zoo closed. This area only opened a few years ago and my husband hadn’t seen it yet. It was nice and chilled out here with lots to see and there was also the opportunity to go on a boat ride. We stumbled upon yet another park, much to my girls delight. so me and my husband had a little cuppa whilst they had a little play – it was the perfect end to the perfect family day.
I have promised my girls a trip back to Chester Zoo to see the new play zone – I’m almost as excited as them!!
We were given the opportunity to visit Chester Zoo in exchange for a honest review