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Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest (11m) – Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent TN17 2SL   t: 01580 879842
Bedgebury Forest features family cycling, mountain-biking, Go Ape, riding, walking and kid’s adventure play with one of the world’s leading collection of conifers, offering beautiful walks and picnics.

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (11m) – Harbour Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7TX   t: 07884 494982
Discover our wildlife in a mosaic of coastal habitats – shingle, saltmarsh, saline lagoons, coastal grazing marsh, freshwater gravel pits and reedbeds. Explore its changing coastline and military history, or simply enjoy a walk beside the sea.

Rare Breeds Centre (11m) – Highlands Farm, Woodchurch, Ashford, Kent TN26 3RJ   t: 01233 861493
Perfect for kids with a play barn and indoor and outdoor encounters with farm and pet animals.

Blue Reef Aquarium (13m) – Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3DW   t: 01424 718776
Take the ultimate undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium enjoying close encounters with hundreds of amazing aquatic creatures and amazing tropical underwater walkthrough tunnel.

Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (21m) – Aldington Road, Lympne, Hythe, Kent CT21 4LR  t: 01303 264647
400 acres of grounds with period mansion, gardens and over 500 rare and endangered animals complete with the African Experience, a guided safari adventure where wild animals roam free together as if on the plains of Africa.

Knockhatch Adventure Park (28m) – Hailsham Road, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 3GD   t: 01323 442051
Great for families boasting a petting zoo, owl sanctuary centre and large indoor and outdoor playgrounds, there should be plenty to keep the kids busy.

Brockhill Country Park (30m) – Sandling Road, Saltwood, Hythe, Kent CT21 4HL   t: 03000 420993
Large family-friendly park with marked walks and a wildlife trail.

Drusillas Park (31m) – Alfriston Road, Berwick, Polegate, East Sussex BN6 5QS   t: 01323 874100
Known as the best small zoo in Europe, this park offers exotic animals, adventure play and Go Safari! Including 3 exciting rides, a perfect day out for young children