Fun for Kids in England: Knowsley Safari Park

There is no better way to begin a vacation in England than with baboons jumping all over your car! Well, maybe there is, but we decided that going to Knowsley Safari Park would be a fun way to start our trip and it definitely delivered. We saw lions, baboons, owls, camels and so much more. It was a day I will never forget, and I think my 5-year-old would agree!

On our recent trip to Knowsley Safari Park we were a bit hesitant to go through the baboon area. They have a reputation for being a bit wild sometimes, and can even tear off windshield wipers or other parts of your car (not good!!!) However, the baboons were by far, one of our favorite experiences of the day. Most of the baboons were just sitting around their habitat, but others wanted to play. You could have 4 or 5 of them on your car at one time, and some of them didn't want to let go.  We had one perched up on our rearview mirror for quite a while and he was quite content just sitting there while we drove around.

For any Knowsley Safari Park visitors who want to play it safe, there is a 'safe' route for you to take if you don't want baboons climbing all over your car and potentially ripping it apart. Or, you could hop a ride in the the "Baboon Bus" which is a 16 seat minibus that you departs from the information centre.

One of the things I really enjoyed was seeing the animals without any immense fences in front of them. Any zoo would have to take precautionary safety measures and put a barrier between you and the animals. At Knowsley Safari Park, you are in your car, which is strong enough to make you feel safe, but also adds an element of adventure to your visit, because there are no barriers or fences between you and the animals. 

We ended our day with the Sea Lion show which gives everyone the chance to meet some incredibly talented California Seas Lions.  Take a look at this video to see their remarkable skills.

Have you ever been to Knowsley Safari Park? Where is your favorite place to get up close and personal with nature and animals? 


Why Is Travel Good for Kids?

Traveling after children will never be the same as traveling before children. My previous vacations of cocktails and little black dresses turned into days filled with diapers and sippy cups.  It can be a bit hard adjusting to this change, but after it definitely gets better as my kids get older, and I wouldn't trade it for anything!

Do you like traveling with your kids? My husband and I have been away for one weekend by ourselves, but other than that, all of our vacations have included our children.  No matter how crasy it can get, it truly wouldn't feel the same without them.

Family travel enables you to make memories that will last a lifetime. When I was younger, my parents took my sisters and I on long car rides all over the Eastern U.S. We went to more museums, exhibits, festivals, and different cities than I can count. I really think it helped me have an appreciation for art and culture.  Even though I may not remember every little detail of each adventure we went on, these memories are part of who I am today.

Why is Travel Good For Kids?

I believe that travel is so important for children's development. When you're traveling as a family, you learn things that you couldn't learn from a book. You get to use all of your senses to explore a new environment. Kids learn about different ways of life, grow their communication skills, and experience things they never even dreamed about.  Plus, getting to see things from your children's perspective, for the first time, is a priceless experience.

In the past, I've written a bunch of articles about family travel and I wanted to share some of them with you.

1) Traveling with Kids? Use Blogs to Plan your Getaway

2) Tips for Family Travel on a Budget

3) Basic Tips for Traveling With Kids

4) 17 Travel Tips For Long Car Rides With Kids

5) Disney with Kids: Tips from some of the Best Disney Blogs

6) 10 Disney Tips on Everything from Toy Story Mania, Epcot, PhotoPass & More!

Why do YOU think travel is good for kids? Where is the coolest place you have taken your kids?  Do you have any favorite memories from your childhood?

Leave me a comment and let me know.