Sheffield’s best family attraction, Tropical Butterfly House is a must visit. It’s one of our favourites for a good day out. Eric never gets bored there & there’s so much to do! The outdoor play is brilliant, trailer tractor rides, animal encounters, fantastic events and lots more to keep all ages entertained :). Here’s What To Do at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre in Sheffield. What To Do at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre in Sheffield
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I’ve been going since I was a little girl… now I’m grown up and have a little boy of my own, I love bringing him here for a day out. It’s definitely a little nostalgic! I go to Tropical Butterfly house all year round. It’s not just for summer despite what many people think! There’s a busy events calendar packed full of events for every holiday and have something to do to suit everyone. I love the Halloween & Christmas events. From afternoon teas, to santas grotto and Halloween trails; you can visit through all seasons. What To Do at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre in Sheffield
What To Do at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre in Sheffield
Here are 6 of our favourite things to do at Tropical Butterfly House :):
1. Outdoor play
We love the outdoor play areas so much, sometimes we even just spend most of the day there! Read this post all about the outdoor play. A fun adventure playground is beautifully made and has hidden rubbings inside along with artwork, cute trolls hiding around and animal characters.
There are many other play areas too, with go-karts, a football green and an under 5 play zone with lots of sand. In summer, we love the splash zone with water and sand play! Next to this area is another little under 5s play area with toys, Wendy house and a big field for picnics, outdoor games and football.
2. Go on a dinosaur hunt
The Dinosaur trail is a highlight of Eric’s day here. To make it better they have buttons you can press that go ROAR! Yep, I know… toddlers = happy. Haha. There’s also a new dinosaur dig zone opened in 2018. 🙂
Hunt those dinosaurs and have fun walking along the trail, there’s owls and nature along the way too. What To Do at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre in Sheffield
3. Peek out at the bird hide (and wilderness walk)
The bird hide on the Dinosaur trail is a nice place to take a break from all the excitement to spot wildlife. In the bird hide are educational and interactive boards, touch-y feelys for curious littles who dare to put their hand in and binoculars for peeking out. This is sort of thing you might usually just walk past but it’s worth a look inside, and just before this you’ll find the wilderness walk area… where you can find wooden sculptures to climb on, a bug hotel, animals running around, picnic spot and stepping stones.
The wilderness walk is a quiet oasis to explore with small animals hiding… you might be lucky enough to see one! Eric always gets so excited seeing the wallabys hiding in the grass on the wilderness walk.
4. Animal encounters.
There’s lots of animals to see, meet and get up close to at Tropical Butterfly house. Our favourites are the farm yard, meerkat mansion, lemur heights and small animal house.
Take advantage of the animal encounters and show schedule throughout the day to get the most out of your visit. There are regular feedings, talks and shows. These come at no extra charge and let you come face to face with animals from mini beasts to monkeys.
The lemur encounter at lemur heights is a must! Visitors can create a lemur snack box for charity and go into the enclosure and get close to the lemurs during their feeding time… they’re very friendly and might come and give you a kiss! Yes, really… look at this old photo of Eric with a lemur, haha…
A timetable of events is given on entry with all of the shows and encounters.
5. Tropical Butterfly house.
In here you’ll find reptiles, bats, birds, alligators, fish and of course, butterflies who all live in the wonderful tropical house! So many animals to see here and it’s relaxing to stroll around finding them. The butterflies are so pretty, see how many you can spot flying around and eating their fruit.
Eric loves the steps that go down to a fish pond, the reptiles and chasing butterflies!
It’s a jungle experience for littles to explore in. There is also a nocturnal room, Eric loves watching the rats scuttle around, the bats and snake.
Don’t forget to make a wish in the well.
And when visiting the park in colder seasons, it’s good to warm up inside the butterfly house.
6. All the extras!
Free tractor rides, crafts and activity room, hammocks, cafe and coffee shop, gift shop, bongos, huge polar bear, lots of good spots for photos.. this is just some of the other things you can do at tropical butterfly house.
We usually have a different day each time we go focusing on one part, i.e playing or animals. You can definitely do everything in one day but it’d be a very long day! This is why getting an annual pass makes it worth it. 🙂
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