Don’t you just hate it when best laid plans are out of the window when you look out and see it raining? We’d planned to meet up with friends at the weekend and go to Blenheim Palace – our plans were to spend time outside in the Pleasure Gardens, on the playground and seeing what children’s activities were on. Not really rain suitable though. So we decided on meeting that we’d head down the road to Crocodiles of the World near Brize Norton.
Crocodiles of the World is a crocodile conservation and education centre based in the middle of nowhere on a farm. It’s been at this site for less than a year so there’s still a slight unfinished feel in some areas, but as something a bit different, it’s a lovely place to visit. Be prepared to be warm in the crocodile house and area though. Layers are the way to go if you get hot easily.
The boys just wanted to go from tank to tank, looking in at the reptiles then off to see the next one. I can’t say that N is very good at sticking with one thing for long, so he got quite impatient, although he did stop and watch for a bit if there was something more interesting going on in the tank…a crocodile swimming, or the green iguana moving from one tree branch to the next.
The tanks are such that you can see in standing up, but the windows also go to the ground so you can watch them under the water as well. They stay so still it’s hard to believe they’re alive.
Throughout the day there are various talks and demonstrations. We stopped to watch one of the keepers holding one of the baby crocodiles and talk about them which was interesting.
Then headed past the obligatory toys in the gift shop, out to the crocodile area. This housed the saltwater crocs and the largest enclosure where we were hoping to see the feeding. Some of the tanks had nesting females so we were advised to stay clear of those and quiet to give them a bit of privacy and avoid them getting uptight. The feeding demonstration must rotate round depending on which crocs need feeding on which day.
We watched Missile and Tornado who weren’t really playing ball. The keepers name train them to ensure they’re in the water for feeding (for safety reasons to avoid them jumping up at the trainers), and so they move around to get the food thrown in. I was expecting more thrashing around like in the movies, but I suppose they weren’t fighting their prey!
The boys loved the play area. For such a small place it was a good offer. Lots of picnic benches (there is a small café/refreshments area although we brought our own food), a climbing frame and slide. Enough to keep all the children there entertained. Although several children (younger ones who didn’t put their feet down at the bottom of the slide) did hurt their bottoms by sitting on a stone under the tree bark that was becoming exposed. I think they need to sort that out before a child becomes really hurt.
We spent a long time sitting chatting, while the boys played.
There’s also small lizard and tortoise enclosures, but we didn’t check those out. There was too much playing to be done!
All in all, it was a nice, spontaneous day out. The toilets were clean, it’s something a little bit different, and has a good play and picnic area. I do think it’s a little pricy though for the amount of time you could really spend there. We had a family ticket – 2 adults, 2 children and it was £27. Not that pricy compared to some places, but we probably only spent 1.5 hours looking at the animals, the rest was eating and playing which we could do anywhere.
Have you ever been somewhere similar like this? Are you a crocodile fan?
I have had this on my must visit list for ages before it moved to the new location. Must get there one weekend.
Ooh yes. It’s a good day out for a half day, and open all year round except Christmas. If Monkey likes animals, he’ll love it, and the play area’s good
Looks like a fantastic place for outing :). Thanks for sharing the pictures.
What a fun place for the family! I used to go to Gatorland with my family to see alligators when I was a kid!
now that is so cool – I don’t think i have ever saw one personally yet – ever, lol.
That place looks so fun! It’s great for kids to learn more about the animals around them.
That looks like a wonderful outing! I’d love to check out crocodiles up close like that.
I love learning about new animals right along side my niece (she’s 6). We watch a show called Animal Atlas on Qubo once in a while. It’s great.
What a great trip for the young and older lol
Oh man… the lil’ guy I babysit would SOOOOOO love to visit this place! He’s my lil’ gator boy! He has a stuffed gator that is as big as him that he wrestles and does all the tricks and such they do on Gator Boys. It’s so adorable! Looks like you guys had a blast!
Oh that would be so funny to watch. Great that he loves them
That looks like such fun for kids, well I would have fun. We are moving to Florida this Winter, I am excited to get to see them in their natural habitat.
Oh that would definitely be cool seeing them in the wild (as long as it’s safe)
Field trips are always fun! 😀 It could be worse…he could be begging for a new reptile pet lol
That looks like such a fun place to visit. I think my nephew would love it.
This is a good experience for kids to see the animals in the flesh. It’s better than just watching videos on YouTube or viewing pictures in books.
Reptile zoos are always interesting. The best part is that’s its practically hands on!
I love reptiles! What a fun trip this looks like!
Man , you got some great pictures!! So much for rain thwarting plans. 🙂
Oh my gosh! What a dream day for little boys! So cool! I would be petrified ahah
As long as they are behind the glass i will go and look.. it looked like a fun aquarium!
We vacationed in Myrtle Beach, SC this summer, and visited Alligator Adventure – it was awesome! Our son loved it! 🙂 This place looks really neat, too! Spontaneous days are sometimes my favorite 🙂
We don’t often do spontaneous, but it’s good as there’s no expectations up front. Thanks for stopping by
I saw crocodiles in an aquarium at Singapore and they look really tough. It would be nice to learn about crocodile through displays like this.
It’s a great way for kids to learn. And even adults. Some of the animals were amazing
This kind of information is great for children to get to know the species of crocs around the world.
Looks like a great place to visit! I think Harry would love it! But even my older two I think would enjoy parts of it x
The older you are I suppose it’s more educational. They’d probably like the ‘have a photo holding a croc’ option!