Rawr or Nawr? A Day Out at the Dinosaur Adventure Park, Tenby
Whilst away on our recent baby-moon to Wales, one muggy morning, we decided to venture to the Dinosaur Park just down the road from Tenby; A loves dinosaurs and as we were nearing the end of our adventure, we decided to get one last day trip in before we left. We only ended up spending around half a day there before moving on to visit the Lily Ponds and though we enjoyed ourselves, there were some positives and negatives to the park if you're planning on visiting.
The park is easy to find and is in the midst of lots of other little adventure parks dotted around Tenby so location was no issue, and though we were wearing coats (drizzly), the weather wasn't too cold fortunately. We also visited in term-time which was a godsend as the park was pretty empty and we didn't have to queue or wait (especially as A became obsessed with the racing cars, and we were able to just let him go on them over & over again).
So, ups & downs, pros and cons, craps and not-so-craps;
- NOT-SO-CRAP Upon entering the park, there are a couple of giant(ish) dinosaur puzzles you can attempt to make, and an indoor soft play/park, but the majority is made up of lots of small bumper-car style rides and slides. The good thing is you're told the kids can go on anything they want for only 2p a ride (so make sure you have a tonne). BIT CRAP We found that the mini diggers were actually a pound a go, not 2p, and there was no one manning the rides so a fair few were closed. A couple opened up periodically, but not many.
- NOT-SO-CRAP They have a miniature robotic dinosaur that it says you have to book at reception early to take advantage of but we didn't see this out and about at all during the day - BIT CRAP would've been nice if you didn't have to book and they opened it up at some point for the kids to see.
- They have a short 'safari-style' ride, that was only open for an hour or two in the middle of the day so we hung around for that - NOT-SO-CRAP the worker who drove it around was pretty fab and engaged with the children, asking them lots of questions about the dinosaurs we came across, BIT CRAP but it's a bit anti-climactic when you get in a car and drive for 5 seconds before stopping at the next dinosaur; also some move a little bit, others don't.
The dinosaur trail is supposed to be the highlight of the park, it's certainly the largest area, but don't get your hopes up, it's a BIT CRAP; you venture through alot of woodland and occasionally come across a dinosaur model that isn't very well-made (the ones in the safari part are much better, I assume they're more modern). Bar a couple, the dinosaurs aren't really hidden in their environment and we ended up sticking A in his pram half-way round as he was getting a bit tired & bored (see above). It's about a 15-20 minute walk round and was our least favourite area; the whole thing feels a bit old and as if it needs some attention.
Sunny weather would probably improve the day (as always), but at the same time, we would've struggled if it was too busy as A would've hated waiting and alot of the attractions aren't particularly worth a wait. Toddlers under 2.5 will struggle for rides too; A was just about able to use the racing cars, and after a bit of practice, he was brilliant at it, but any younger and I think he would've got frustrated and not been able to use them rendering his only real source of entertainment as the sandpits/small parks etc. Food & drink was also not great and expensive (as it usually is at adventure parks) and the indoor area is fairly small if it's raining and there's not alot of outdoor seating.
We did enjoy our morning at the Dinosaur Park, but there's alot left to be desired and you really need to get lucky with weather/having the right-aged kids to really make the most of it; I don't think there was enough there/open for us to spend a whole day there and I'm not sure it was worth the price of the tickets for half a day. Let me know if you've visited the Dinosaur Park at Tenby and what you thought!
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