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Zoo in Bournemouth or Poole: 10 Popular Options

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Zoo in Bournemouth or Poole: 10 Popular Options

Are you looking for a zoo in Bournemouth or Poole and want some ideas?  There are many places locally where you can see animals, and a great variety too — from exotic far flung places to rare animals native to the UK.  Here is a list of some suggestions to get you started.


1. Farmer Palmers Farm Park in Poole

Zoo In Bournemouth: Farmer Palmers Farm Park

Great value family fun on the farm, Farmer Palmers is specifically designed for small children and is the perfect place to explore with your little ones.

Farmer Palmers is a fantastic family day out, focused exclusively on you and your little VIPs. The farm is one of the best things to do in Poole and surrounding areas for children aged 0-8, and has recently opened the world's first 'World of Dinosaur Roar!' trail.

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2. Oceanarium, Pier Approach, West Beach Bournemouth

Bournemouth's Oceanarium, located directly in front of Bournemouth Pier, is a terrific place to spend a couple of hours whether you need to get out of the rain or are searching for a morning or afternoon activity. It's a medium-sized aquarium featuring a variety of sea animals to see in various tanks, as well as a giant central tank with a turtle, sharks, rays, and other large fish. There are otters to be seen, and a new penguin area has recently been constructed. There is also a café and gift shop on the premises for refreshments and souvenirs.


3. Putlake Adventure Farm, Swanage

Putlake children's farm is a historic farm with a spacious three-story softplay and a rural café set in the lovely rolling Purbeck hills. A visit to the farm can seem like going back in time. There's plenty to keep kids entertained rain or shine, and it's also open on weekends during the winter.


4. Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, Verwood

Another destination that transports you to another era, this time roughly a century ago, as you ride classic fairground rides, ride a Victorian swing boat, eat in the log cabin, and, of course, see the lovely horses who give the area its name.


5. Monkey World near Wareham

If you are looking for a zoo in Bournemouth specifically, Monkey World is an ape rescue centre that cares for a wide range of monkeys that were formerly used in animal experiments, as domestic pets, or as victims of the illegal wildlife trade. Thankfully, these animals are being cared for here, and you may learn more about them by visiting the numerous enclosures.


6. Kingston Maurward Animal Park & Gardens, Dorchester

There are many animals to visit, horticultural gardens to explore, a new café with softplay and artisan shop within in the grounds of well-established agricultural college and hostorical estate with two manor houses. The emphasis is much more on the animals and beautiful grounds than other indoor amenities and contributes to its country charm.


7. Liberty’s Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre, Ringwood

There are many birds of prey, reptiles, and other creepy crawlies to see at Liberty's. There are daily flight demonstrations to watch the birds in action, as well as reptile displays throughout the summer, so the youngsters can learn everything they can about the creatures.


8. Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, Weymouth

This sealife centre is divided into around 14 different buildings and displays, allowing you to concentrate on each one separately. It features an outstanding splash park and a large playground for children, so it is suitable for all ages and there is plenty to see and do.


9. New Forest Reptile Centre, Lyndhurst

This modest reptile centre, run by the Forestry Commission and volunteers, consists of four 'pods' (huge open-top cylinders) into which you can peep and try to locate the reptiles inside. The enthusiastic team will show you where to look and inform you about the creatures.


10. Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre, Wareham

Cats, rabbits, donkeys, goats, horses, and pigs live at this wonderful local rescue centre, which is open to the public and free to visit. There is a tea and gift shop on site, but you are welcome to bring your own picnic. There are other activity days, dog shows, and a county fair.


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