Amusement parks, wildlife, outdoor play, animal parks, and water parks: Kent has it all when it comes to entertaining the family. There are also great cultural opportunities and sport options. Here are a few of our favourites.
Dickens World – Chatham Maritime
Dickens World is a culturally and historically oriented theme park that teaches children and adults alike about the world of Victorian England, and the life of renowned author and storyteller, Charles Dickens. Walk through the streets of Dickens’ England, meet characters from his books, and enjoy a haunted house. You can also wear Victorian dress for a family souvenir photo. It’s a lovely combination of entertainment and education for all ages.
Howletts Wild Animal Park – Bekesbourne
Howletts Wild Animal Park sits on over 90 acres of beautiful park land, and houses many exciting, exotic animals. Get up close and personal with tigers, behind safety glass, and see rare grey rhinos, majestic gorillas, and imposing elephants. Listen to talks about the different animals, enjoy the sprawling park, and stop for refreshments and playtime often!
Lashenden Air Warfare Museum – Ashford
If you’ve a little one that is obsessed with planes and big machines, this is the place to go. Not only are there oodles of exhibits and aircraft to see at Lashenden Air Warfare Museum, there are also frequent flybys of vintage aircraft so you can see these amazing old planes in action!
Merry Go Round – Sittingbourne
This play zone is perfect for the family with children under 12. It’s a multi-level facility with something to appeal to all of the smaller age groups, without having to compete with larger kids. There’s a laser storm arena as well as a special toddler play area.
Chistlehurst Caves – Chistlehurst
Learn about the cultural heritage of Chilstlehurst from your personal guide and experienced storyteller regales you with tales of the myriad groups and cultures that have used the caves. From druids, Romans, and Saxons to wartime armoury storage and air raid shelter to concert venue, the Chislehurst caves are a truly unique historical experience.
Cyclopark – Gravesend
For the active family, this park has 6km of trails and other opportunities for extreme sports. There’s even a cycling oriented playground! In addition to a BMX race track, a skate park, and mountain bike trails, visitors can enjoy indoor multi-purpose game areas for basketball and football.
There’s something for every family and every interest in Kent—visit today!
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