Are you looking for a thrilling day out with the family at an attraction that doesn’t exploit animals? Great news! There’s a growing number of UK theme parks that don’t display animals or have petting zoos. Check out PETA’s top 10 attractions for a fun-filled, animal-friendly day out for the whole family.
1. Thorpe Park Resort
From family-friendly water slides and games to hair-raising rollercoasters and fright-night events, there’s something for everyone at this top park resort. Vegan meals are available at The Veggie Box café.
2. Blackgang Chine
Isle of Wight
Open since the 1840s, this park has themed worlds to feed your imagination. No animals exploited for entertainment here – puppeteers charm the crowds by playing a range of characters, including baby dinosaurs, fairies, and dodos. Vegan options are on offer at the Chine Café.
Hayling Island, Hampshire
A coastal theme park with video games, rollercoasters, dodgems, and a pirate-themed golf course, this family-friendly attraction has some vegan options and soya milk for drinks.
4. Lightwater Valley Theme Park
North Stainley, North Yorkshire
This park is designed with children under 12 in mind. Rides include water slides, rollercoasters, and pirate boats, plus soft play and adventure playgrounds. Vegan cheese toasties and jacket potatoes are available at Jo’s Coffee Shop.
5. Oakwood Theme Park
Dare you ride Megafobia? This giant wooden rollercoaster is a beauty! Other impressive rides include Drenched, a 100-foot-high boat ride, and Vertigo, the UK’s tallest sky-swing.
6. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
This historic and iconic theme park has a wide range of attractions, rides, and evening theatre shows. Ride white-knuckle rollercoasters until 10 pm, then check into one of the park’s two hotels and start all over again the next day.
7. Fantasy Island
This family amusement park by the beach has more than 30 rides and attractions from rollercoasters to tree-top adventure climbing and classic arcades. There’s caravan accommodation for holidaymakers, and – shopaholics take note – the site also hosts a large outdoor market with over 300 stalls.
8. Ocean Beach Pleasure Park
South Shields, Sunderland
At this traditional family coastal amusement park, you’ll find great entertainment, and no animals are exploited for exhibits. Enjoy the dodgems, arcade, waltzer, rollercoasters, helter-skelter, and log flume – and of course, being by the sea.
9. Flambards Theme Park
This unique park has a log flume, a dinosaur ride, go-karts, a train, and a classic rollercoaster. There’s an eclectic and fascinating range of museum exhibits, too, including a life-size Victorian village with 50 shops, a “Britain in the Blitz” experience, a 100-year-old chemist shop, and an aviation exhibit.
10. Codona’s Amusement Park
This family-run theme park by the beach has a host of animal-free activities: 10-pin bowling, thrill rides, adventure golf, go-karts, water rides, virtual reality games, and arcades.
Animals Are Not Ours to Use for Entertainment
Animals exploited at tourist attractions endure the misery of confinement, separation from their families, and forced interaction with humans. Keeping animals imprisoned for life in small enclosures to amuse children for a few fleeting minutes is inhumane, outdated, and cruel. Please help by never visiting any theme parks or other attractions that keep animals for displays, performances, petting, rides, encounters, or any other entertainment purposes.
The only reason highly intelligent and sensitive animals are still suffering in cages and aquatic prisons is because tourists buy tickets to see them. Please urge TUI to cut ties with SeaWorld and stop selling tickets to the marine abusement park: