With a smattering of awards to its name, Blackpool Zoo’s set in 32 acres of parkland, and it’s one of Blackpool’s most popular days out. With everything from elephants to acrobatic sea lions (as seen on Blue Peter), the zoo’s one of those days out that’s perfect no matter what the weather decides to do, and there are regular feeds, displays and talks from the keepers.
One of the best things about the zoo is that there’s a huge emphasis on animal enrichment. The animals are encouraged to find their meals (cunningly hidden in their enclosures), trained to exhibit the behaviours they would in the wild, and to solve puzzles to keep their minds busy. You might see toys, tyres, cardboard tubes and hoses in the enclosures during your day, and there are carefully placed in with the animals to keep them alert and entertained.