Paradise Park – Review for families

Once you've read our handy guide, plan a visit to Cornwall's award-winning wildlife park

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What is it?

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It’s a wildlife park/fun family attraction. Find it on the outskirts of Hayle, about 20 miles away from Cornwall’s only city – Truro. The Sat Nav postcode is TR27 4HB.

Best for:

Toddlers & Preschool / 5 – 8

OK for:

Babies / 9 – 12 / 12 +

Cost

£££ – Entry to the wildlife park and the junglebarn costs £13.99 per adult ticket and £10.99 per child aged 3 – 15.  Under 3’s go free and there are family saver ticket and return ticket options which could save you money.

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What’s on offer

There are two different attractions on offer – a wildlife park with a conservation mission and an indoor play centre known as the junglebarn. The wildlife park is home to a colourful collection of approximately 400 species of exotic birds – everything from macaws to cranes, owls to parrots and peacocks to flamingos. Other animals  your children will want to make friends with include otters, squirrels, penguins and even some red pandas! The park itself is a summery garden filled with the aviaries, so it’s ideal for a nice wander.

The junglebarn is essentially a large soft play area with plenty of slides, ball pits and climbing frames ideal for all, especially as there is an area exclusively for toddlers.

Paradise Park offers varying events suitable for families throughout the year.  Make sure you check out the up to date Daily Events Timetable, which will show you when and where each feeding and handling sessions are on. Plan your visit accordingly!

There’s a gift shop, café and a pub available on site. There’s also free parking. Facilities wise, there are accessible toilets on site.  Everywhere except for the Otter Viewing Platform and (some of) Paradise Island is pushchair friendly. The junglebarn has good accessibility and is appropriate for children of many different abilities. Dietary requirements can be catered for in the café, but make sure to notify the Park in advance.

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Highlights

One of the best parts is that, unlike the company’s website, the animals are really well-looked after and appear to be properly cared for. Hurray! TripAdvisor families found that the highlights were the feeding slots – particularly for the lorikeets, otters and penguins. They also loved the exciting bird shows.

Additionally, there are two red panda cubs at Paradise Park, born in June 2014, who are growing at an amazing pace and really are a highlight. For those who can’t resist following their progress, the park has uploaded a live pandacam, available daily.

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What to watch out for

  • Staff will be wearing green polo shirts, so keep an eye out for them if you need a hand.
  • Some of the older staff can seem uninterested.
  • It’s quite an expensive day and not many people on TripAdvisor had much to say about the café.
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MFM tips:

  • Vouchers are often available in local papers and on the Paradise Park website. If you plan on returning to Paradise Park, book your £3.99 return ticket there and then. Be warned, you can only get the cheap return ticket on the day!
  • To save a few pennies and guarantee tastes the kids will like, avoid the café and take a picnic instead.

What the owners say

“At Paradise Park you’ll meet lots of colourful birds including many rare and beautiful parrots, flamingos, toucans and red-billed Cornish choughs. With over 650 birds there is a stunning collection to see. Plus lots more wildlife including Red squirrels, Red pandas, otters and some furry friends in our Fun Farm including donkeys, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and more.”

Visit the official Paradise Park website

Photos: Facebook / Paradise Park Cornwall

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