Going to the zoo might seem like the perfect family activity, and it is! But it’s just as good for a day of fun planned and carried out by adults!
On my last day in Essex, just before driving away to Birmingham for an author event (I do that, write books), my friends, Geoff and Saad, took me to the Tropical Wings Zoo. It was a short drive away from the bed and breakfast I was staying at, and somehow we managed to have a bright and sunny day to enjoy our trip.
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I have to say this, there was a kid involved as well, Geoff’s niece, but I am pretty sure no one could have said who was the adult and who was the kid among us, because the size of our grins and the wonder in our eyes were pretty much the same If you don’t count the height difference, that is! Even when you look at height, with my towering 5 feet frame, I clearly couldn’t be mistaken for a kid, could I?
Tropical Wings Zoo was my first experience where I’d wander through the place and have birds, butterflies, and other critters flying around. I was terrified I might hurt something for the first few minutes. Then I just lost myself among cicadas, butterflies, bird song, the fish in the pond and the beautiful flowers. After the first immersion in what I thought of as butterfly land, we went outside to visit all the other birds and animals.
Saad discovered a bird of prey show and we attended that. We of course got photos with a cute owl. Our luck brought us at the right place just when the lemur show was about to start. Which was pretty much us looking at lemurs walking around for fruit (cute as hell, I tell you!) and being amazed by how fast two huge turtles actually moved.
For lunch we headed to the Tropical Wings cafeteria which was pretty cool. Of course, if you plan ahead, you can actually bring a picnic basket and have yourself a merry little picnic outside. The food is good though, so you don’t have to do that.
When we were done visiting everything, we spent a good half an hour in the souvenir shop. I had trouble deciding what I wanted, because I would have happily bought the entire store 😀
If you ever are in Essex, I strongly recommend you go visit this amazing interactive zoo. I loved every bit of it and I have plans to visit again the next time I’m in Essex. Which will happen soon, if I have any say in it!
More Tropical Wings photos below (although they are a small selection of the hundreds I’ve taken while there).