If you take your children to see animals, it’s guaranteed to make them smile.
Luckily, the Northeast is full of places where our youngsters can see wonderful creatures. We’ve rounded up 10 attractions where you can have a fun family outing.
With warmer weather and summer vacation just around the corner, this list will help you plan days off and keep the kids entertained. At some sites, they may even be able to feed or handle animals. And some have great playgrounds as well as cafes.
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A number of attractions will be chargeable, while some have free entry. We have provided links to websites where you can check ticket prices, opening hours and all pandemic related rules.
Where you can take your children to see animals
Whitehouse Agricultural Center
Whitehouse Farm near Morpeth in Northumberland is the perfect day out for families. It spans 40 acres and is home to a variety of animals, from traditional farm breeds to pets and exotic species. The list includes meerkats, deer, wallabies, llamas, owls, and reptiles. The farm regularly organizes activities such as animal feeding and tractor rides. And there’s a series of play areas, both indoor and outdoor, to keep the little ones busy all day. More details are available here.
Ouseburn Farm is a charity and working community farm located in the heart of Newcastle. Based on Ouseburn Road, this “green haven” is home to animals such as sheep, rabbits, goats, pigs and chickens. Its events include animal petting and feeding sessions. Admission to the farm is free but donations are welcome. Click on here for more details.
The Northumberland Country Zoo, based at Eshottheugh Farm near Felton, covers 17 acres and features everything from farm animals, birds, reptiles and amphibians to snow leopards and arctic foxes. here is more information. what to expect there.
Northumberland College Zoo
This should not be confused with the Northumberland Country Zoo mentioned above. Northumberland College Zoo is based at Kirkley Hall near Ponteland and was previously called Kirkley Hall Zoo. It is home to around 150 species of animals, including lemurs, meerkats, wallabies, alpacas, armadillos and reptiles. It is only open at weekends and during Northumberland school holidays. Check here for more details.
Washington Wetlands Center
A great place to see wildlife and a full day of fun for families. Visitors may spot gray herons, black-headed gulls, terns, finches and swans, to name a few. Flamingos and otters are very popular. The centre, which also has outdoor play areas, is on the north bank of the River Wear. See more details here.
What are your favorite places to see animals in the Northeast? Let us know in the comments below
Bill Quay Community Farm
This farmhouse in Hainingwood Terrace, Gateshead is much loved by the community. It is home to pigs, sheep, alpacas, goats and rabbits. You can keep up to date with special events or activities on the site at their facebook page.
Hall Hill Farm
Based in Lanchester, County Durham, Hall Hill Farm offers a fun day out for the kids with plenty to do and see. You can see llamas, wallabies, Highland cattle, lambs, pigs, donkeys, goats, ponies and rabbits. And there are play areas for children as well as tractor rides and mini-golf. here is more information.
Down at the farm
It is in Stoneygate Lane, Houghton Le Spring, and families have the chance to see a variety of animals including sheep, cows, alpacas, rabbits, donkeys, goats, pigs, deer, owls, raccoons and reptiles. Playgrounds and kiddie rides round out the fun. And the farm has a schedule of sessions where kids can meet or groom some of the residents. The farm is open on weekends and during school holidays. More details are available here.
Adventure Valley, at Union Hall Farm, Brasside, Durham, is a large family adventure park. It has a farmyard, playgrounds, go-karts, swings and rides. Animals include sheep, chickens, mice, pygmy goats, Shetland ponies, rabbits, owls. The farm also claims to have the fastest turtle in the world. They regularly organize animal petting activities and other events. More information is available here.
The Farne Islands, off the Northumberland coast, are a haven for seals and seabirds. You can take a boat trip to the islands from Seahouses Harbor and spot wonderful wildlife like puffins, guillemots, razorbills, terns, shags and cormorants. Boat trips can vary in duration and tickets will need to be purchased. A quick search on the Internet will allow you to find companies offering tours.
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