Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Weymouth SEA LIFE Visit

During our stay at Waterside Holiday Park we visited the SEA LIFE in Weymouth, I think this is now my most favourite SEA LIFE centre.  We have been to a few different ones over the years but I liked that there was plenty of space here, so you’re not all crowded in or feeling claustrophobic.  It’s located in a fabulous area too, lots of other things to do afterwards to make the most of your visit to Weymouth. 

The Weymouth SEA LIFE is set in 14 acres so they have ample room to fit in an interesting selection of different exhibits and play areas.  You can get plenty of fresh air in-between visiting each of the indoor zones.  We had a very pleasant afternoon here.  They have 1,000 creatures to see with some very unusual looking ones like the Weedy Seadragons and these guys popping out of the ground, the boys enjoyed finding out more about many of them and seeing how passionate the centre is about conservation. 

They have breeding programs in place and have provided a safe haven for many injured creatures who cannot live in the wild anymore.  It’s a warm feeling knowing your entrance fee will go towards protecting so many amazing creatures, SEA LIFE are committed to getting involved in lots of campaigns and initiatives which make the world a better place.

The outdoor areas the children appreciated, the Caribbean Cove play area is a welcome addition to the site, there is also a sensory garden and a splash zone (which would have been ideal to cool off as it was boiling hot but I forgot trunks for the boys!).  

The selection of attractions were varied and would equally suit younger or older children, the boys seemed happy enough making lots of "music" (noise!) in the sensory garden!

We found Rob who was presenting the otter talk to be knowledgeable and informative, he had a pleasant manner and was very entertaining.  He was also at the rock pool and told the boys a bit more about the creatures living there, I never knew a starfish can actually detach its stomach if it didn’t like what it was eating… (I bet my hubbie wishes he could do this every time I cook!) you will be pleased to know fortunately it grows back so they don’t starve.  The floating cones in the pool are actually viewers this I never knew either, turned on their side you get a good view of what is going on in the water.

For 20p you can feed the ducks so do bring some change with you.  If the feeders are empty the sign says not to worry its because they don't want the ducks overfed!  It's good SEA LIFE always think of the health and well being of all the creatures on their site.

The ticket price works out at excellent value if you consider you can also visit the Jurassic Skyline viewing platform.  Sadly, we didn’t manage to do this but it looks like it gives you incredible views across the Jurassic Coast and is well worth a visit.  You can spend another £3 per person (based on their online prices) and add in the adventure golf too!  You really can make a full day of it when you fit in the three attractions.

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