It’s week 2 of Survive the Summer with Mykidstime.ie brought to you by Super Milk. Each week we’ll bring you ideas for summer activities for kids. We all know Dublin Zoo but this week we’ve rounded up where else you can see Super Fun Animals!
Speaking of super animals, did you know there are lots of places around the country where you can see some strange, and super animals. Here’s a few of our favourites that would make a super day out!
#1. Fota Wildlife Park
See a Kangaroo hop in front of you or get close to a Ring-tailed Lemur! Fota Wildlife Park is only 20 mins from Cork and is a great day out for all the family. For a fun Family Day Out in Cork, there is no better place to visit than Fota Wildlife Park.
Whether you’re seeking outdoor activities for children in the summer, holiday camps for Easter or you simply want to take advantage of some sunny weekend weather, the Park has a variety of Things to Do for children and parents alike.
Don’t Miss: the specially constructed Cheetah Run where you can witness the speed and power that makes the Cheetah such an incredible predator in the wild.
#2. Secret Valley Wildlife Park
Award-winning Secret Valley Wildlife Park is the only Wildlife Park in the South East of Ireland. Less than 1.5hrs from Dublin, conveniently close to Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Wexford.
Donkeys, llamas, alpaca, sheep and goats fill the paddocks outside. In their purpose-built animal shed, you can meet the bunnies, guinea pigs, lizards, raccoons, prairie dogs etc. and their lemurs Roxy, Lenny and Penny. Whatever the weather, you will have a ball discovering Secret Valley.
If you are looking for things to do in Wexford make sure to come along to Secret Valley for a hands-on, educational, value for money, fun experience for all the family.
#3. Eagles Flying
The highly entertaining and interactive shows at Ireland’s largest sanctuary for Birds of Prey and Owls, the Irish Raptor Research Centre Eagles Flying mean excitement, photo opportunities and the chance to get up close with birds of Prey.
Experience Eagles, Hawks and Vultures flying right over your head or landing next to you. You have never been that close to such a bird.
There are more than 100 birds of prey – some with a wingspan of more than 3 metres. If you are lucky, you can fly or touch one of them during the show. If you like more cuddly creatures you can visit the animals in their large supervised pet-zoo.
Don’t Miss: The Bird Shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day!
#4. Reptile Zoo at Funtasia Waterpark
This fun and hands-on exhibit has some of the world’s most interesting species on display with everything from large pythons to tarantulas and toads to tortoise and even some Caiman Crocodiles! The Reptile Village Team at Funtasia Waterpark will take customers on a guided tour of the exhibits, telling them all about the animals including their role in nature, how they catch their prey and much more.
After your guided tour the best bit…. ‘The Animal Encounter Zone’! It is here they will test your courage to find out if you are brave enough to hold big snakes such as Burmese pythons, boa constrictors or tackle your fear by coming face to face with a tarantula or a Snapping Turtle!
All tours and interactions with animals are carried out by trained professionals, using carefully selected animals from Reptile Village Zoo.
#5. Glendeer Pet Farm
A visit to Glendeer Pet Farm (5 miles west of Athlone, exit 13 off M6, follow signs for Drum) is an interactive experience where people can feed, pet & hold some of the animals.
Animals at Glendeer Pet Farm include deer, pigs, llamas, emu, ostrich, goats, donkeys, sheep, and lots more including monkeys, wallabies & a tortoise, not to mention all the babies the new arrivals every year including kid goats, llamas & pups.
You don’t even have to wait for a fine day to visit as there are indoor & outdoor picnic & play areas including the new suspended indoor play area, & a large section of the animals are also undercover. Relax in their coffee shop with fresh coffee/tea & homemade treats.
Don’t Miss: Snuffles the Pot Bellied Pig!
More great places to see animals: Belfast Zoo, Straffan Butterfly Farm in Kildare, Reptile Village in Kilkenny, Tropical World @ Alcorn’s in Donegal, Burren Birds of Prey & Educational Centre in Clare, Coolwood Wildlife Park in Kerry
Where’s your favourite place to see fun animals? Tell us in the comments below.
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