Blackpool Zoo and the site on which it stands has had a long and varied history. Before the zoo was built, the site was actually an airport. Later it became home for the Royal Lancashire Show before eventually becoming a zoo in 1972.
I last visited Blackpool Zoo as a child sometime in the 70s, and to be fair don’t have any great recollection of that trip.
This time around I was taking my Great-niece a two-year-old along for her first visit. And, it’d be fair to say I got as much from the day out as she did!
I had no idea the park covered 32-acres or had such a huge and varied selection of animals, birds, and insects. From the big crowd-pullers of lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants and wolves, to exotic birdlife, penguins, sea lions and much more.
I have to say this is a well run and slick operation with the daily animal shows and feeding times staged at various intervals so you can, if you so choose, go around the park taking in the public shows.
There is plenty of on-site catering from main restaurants serving hot food and kiosks serving snacks, burgers, ice creams and drinks, all set around clean comfortable picnic areas.
The petting zoo for the kids had plenty of choice for the children, along with an artificial milking cow! It was also nice to see various height sinks along with plenty of soap and hand dryers.
Ticket prices were very reasonable with us paying £29 for two adults and a little one. We bought from the Blackpool Tourist Information office on the prom and obtained a small discount. Access was easy with us preferring to take the bus as an extra little expedition. Take the number 15 from the back of BHS just behind the Tower which drops you off at a dedicated stop outside the main zoo gates.
Access for the disabled or infirm is ideal with literally everything on the level and in good order. Even the upper viewing platforms are all ramped and accessible.
So if you’re looking for a different day out from the arcades, donkey rides and overly expensive promenade attractions then give Blackpool Zoo a go. You won’t regret it