18 September 2012

Sea Life Adventure Park

The Sea Life Adventure Park in Weymouth has so much to offer for a fun packed, family day out. Only minutes from the beach and crazy golf it's a lovely place to visit while in Dorset.

Unfortunately for us the weather was horrendous when we arrived! We ended up completely soaked through within minutes but that didn't ruin our experience - there are activities to enjoy both outside and in and the staff were polite and helpful.



Upon arriving we were provided with scratch off sheets for the Mini Mes to use on the quiz trail around the park. There are question boards at each area and you scratch off the panel on your sheet to match the correct answer. You then receive medals at the exit which is a great incentive to keep little ones learning and a lovely gift to go home with! 



I like attractions where the Mini Mes can interact with animals and learn while having fun so this was ideal. First up we stopped off at the Interactive Rock Pool. The member of staff there was very informative and assisted the children (and adults) who wanted to touch star fish and crabs. The Mini Mes loved finding out facts about them and handling them and I got in on the action too!



We next headed to the Bay of Rays. This indoor area has a platform where you can stand above the tank to view the rays from. It was nice to see them swimming about from several angles and there are lots of information boards to learn about the animals.



Shark Reef was probably the Mini Mes favourite part of the day closely followed by the Walk-through Ocean Tank. This dark enclosure has a variety of viewing windows to watch the fish and sharks swim by. Jamster in particular loved being up so close to 'scary' creatures. The colours were amazing!



We visited the other indoor areas including the Turtle Sanctuary and Nursery and Breeding Centre and then moved on to the outdoor sections like the Seals, Otters and Penguins when the rain had eased off a little. You can watch a variety of the animals being fed throughout the day. 

None of the outdoor activities were really suitable as the rain and hail poured down but I imagine on brighter days these are fantastic! There is Adventure Island which is filled with rides and machines, Crocodile Creek water ride to enjoy and also the Splash water play area. 



The day we chose to visit was part of Timmy Time week (Jamster is a big fan) but unfortunately due to the rain he didn't make an appearance while we were there (his wool would have been drenched I imagine!). There were other themed activities including clay modelling and Timmy Time DVDs being played undercover which made the trip extra special for little ones.



Despite the weather I do feel that this adventure park has lots to offer and it is far better than the alternative Sea Life Centres that we have visited. On drier days you could spend practically a whole day at the park as there is a big restaurant to stop off for lunch and snacks too and a large gift shop for souvenirs.  I would advise that you book online in advance as it is considerably cheaper (£13pp).


You can find out more about the Sea Life Adventure Park on their website: http://www.visitsealife.com/Weymouth/ or click below to purchase tickets.



*We received free entry to the park. The views given are our own*

9 comments :

  1. Wow I didn't realise that a Sealife centre had so much to do! Or that they had things such as Timmy time there. Shame about the weather. Do you think you may return?

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    1. I think most Sealife Centres are slightly smaller but as this was the Adventure Park version it was fantastic! We will definitely return next year when *fingers crossed* the sun is shining! x

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  2. I think we have been so lucky in Cornwall, we haven't seen rain for a few weeks now! That sea life center looks amazing, shame you didn't get to do more outdoors but definitely looks worth a visit, I love that it is interactive for the children. The one down our way I wouldn't recommend, not nearly enough to do to justify the huge prices. Thanks for sharing your find on Country Kids.

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  3. I love Sea Life centres, we went to the London Aquarium a few months ago and I think that I enjoyed it more than the children!

    Great photos x

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  4. Looks like an amazing place, and perfect for a chilly day! popped over from Country kids x

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  5. We have a similar thing here and it is awesome fun. the kids don;t realise how much they are learning

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  6. Sealife centres are great! We have one about five minutes from us - only downside is they are expensive!

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  7. Out of all the Sea Life centres,this is by far the best. Spent a whole day there last year and the children loved it.

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