As you might have read on a previous blog post, we travelled by National Express to Chester Zoo, and you can read about it here.
Given that Chester Zoo is so far for most, I thought that it would be good idea to come up with some pointers which might help you have a fab visit and hopefully a peaceful journey home with children fast asleep!!
- Plan what you want to see. The park is so big, you are unlikely to be able to see everything, especially if you have children. As such, plan what you want to see and build the day around that. Either that, or spread the visit over 2 days. There are so many animals to see, from Bats (not suitable for those who don’t like the dark!) to Zebras and Elephants.
- Go to the Islands first. This one came from the kind people at Chester Zoo as the boat ride and general attractions in that part of the park gets busier in the afternoon and the last thing you want to do it wait for nearly an hour to go on a boat ride!
- Let the kids play! There are decent play areas dotted around and whilst it is easy to want to keep them seeing all the animals, they need a break as well. There is a small water area and so you might want to pack a spare change of clothes (and visit it towards the end of the day!)
- Consider the refillable drink option. If it is warm, this option will be well worth it, especially as you won’t load your bag up with heavy drinks before setting off. However, I couldn’t find a refill station in The Islands so refill before you head over there.
- Dress as if you’re off on Safari. The park is big and so wear decent shoes and comfortable clothes, especially if it is going to be warm. You probably don’t need to wear the khaki’s, but when in Rome….!! As the park is so big, you might want to see if the old pushchair still works (you can hire stollers, which looked like a good idea at about 3pm!!)
- If you’re going to buy a present, don’t wait until the park closes. The queues at the shop at the entrance/exit were huge as the park was closing and so it might be better to visit halfway during the day and drop it off in the car, or visit one further into the park when it comes to leaving the park.
Probably the highlight was seeing the giraffes run for their freshly prepared food, which was pretty special, as well as Heidi playing hide and seek with some animals who thought that it would be a good idea to run in and out of their indoor area!
There are loads of toilets dotted about and they are really well signposted (having had to make a dash following a “I need a wee” call from Heidi!!) and there are enough food outlets around so you won’t go hungry. The BBQ place smelt amazing and that might be the best place to eat (it is near a kids play area!)
Overall, we had a really good time at Chester Zoo, and we were blessed with almost perfect weather conditions. The journey back was very quiet to say the least as we were all a bit tired!! I do think that if we went back, we would try and go for 2 days and make a weekend of it!!
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