Ever since watching Jurassic Park as a child, I have loved dinosaurs so when I given the chance to review Tenby Dinosaur Park while I was in Wales I couldn’t wait! I have wanted to go for ages but I could never convince my husband to take me to see some plastic dinosaurs! Let’s just say that while we were there, he said that if we lived closer he would buy a season ticket!
I didn’t really know what to expect before we got there. The website had lots of information and it looked like there was lots to do but I couldn’t help but think it would be a bit of a let down compared to my Jurassic Park dreams!
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the park is tidy and really well kept. The surroundings look really natural with a wood, ferns, rocks and even a giant dinosaur poo. The models of the dinosaurs are clean and bright and I love that you can go right up to them.
One of my favourite parts of the Dinosaur Park is the dinosaur trail in the woodland. When you arrive, you are given a map to follow and an activity sheet for children to complete. Sophie loved walking through the woods looking for the dinosaurs. It was lovely to hear her giggle when she spotted one through the trees.
Sophie had such fun splashing in the muddy puddles. We took a shortcut and missed out some of the trail as we wanted to head back to the entrance as the Jurassic Journey was about to start. We managed to manoeuvre the pushchair through the rest of the trail without much difficulty.
Sophie absolutely loved the dinosaurs and kept offering them drinks and snacks as we passed them!
The park has so much to offer and there is something for all ages. Once you pay your entrance fee, all of the manned rides are free of charge. This is really refreshing to see as so many places like to charge extra for rides once you are inside. We had a go in the Dino Dig Site where we searched for dinosaur fossils and Craig went on the Tubey Ride!
There are so many things to do that I am certain we didn’t even see them all! We took Sophie on the tractor ride. She decided to go on the biggers ones even though they provided smaller push along ones that she could have used by herself. She loved it and when Craig stopped pushing her she moved backwards and forwards to make it move again!
A brand new ride opened on the day we were there called the ‘Herby Cars’. They are designed for children aged 3-8 and look adorable. Unfortunately, Sophie wasn’t old enough to have a go but I know she would love these so we will definitely be back to have a go when she is old enough.
As we passed the race cars, Sophie refused to move and stood and watched the race cars with her heels firmly dug in! She is definitely a dare-devil and wanted to have a go! The website does state that some of rides have height restrictions, but children who are too small can be accompanied by an adult so they don’t miss out. We didn’t realise this at the time but next time we go back Sophie might be big enough to go on some of them with us.
Like father, like daughter, Craig stood and watched the 4×4 experience. How he would have loved to be a child again and have a go at driving them! These are just a few of the rides and activities on offer. There is also mini golf, boats, quads, huge trampolines, an outdoor playground, a dinosaur that you can ride and so much more. Take a look at the website to see the full range of activities.
It’s so hard to pick my favourite part of the day but the Jurassic Journey was definitely a highlight. It is a 5-10 minute journey around part of the woods on a golf cart called ‘Tasty Bite’. The dinosaurs that you see on the journey move and make noises and Sophie was fascinated. The driver is really enthusiastic and it felt like being on a tour in Jurassic Park… I was just so glad the T-Rex hadn’t escaped!
There is also a large indoor play area for the children separated into two parts. There are two ball pool areas and the plastic climbing frame for the younger children and a section with play kitchens and seesaws. The area for younger children was fenced off so it was great to be able to let Sophie run around. There is a large wooden climbing area for older children with a fantastic slide that went outside!
There are toilets and baby change facilities available at the entrance and also a small cafe and gift shop. The cafe has a small play area and Sophie had a go at sitting on the toy dinosaur. She was a little weary of it when it moved and blinked its eyes!
At the time of writing this review adult tickets were £10.75 and children (aged 3+) were £9.95. Considering the amount of rides and activities on offer at no extra charge, I think that Tenby Dinosaur Park is really great value for money. You can also pay £5 per person while you are there for a return visit which is worthwhile if you are on holiday for a week. If we lived closer, we would definitely invest in a season pass as there is so much to do there. We had a brilliant day and will definitely visit again!
*We were given free tickets for the purpose of this review, however all words and opinions are my own.