Paignton Zoo is one of Devon's biggest attractions and with covered boardwalks, viewing areas, indoor soft play and range of places to eat, it's the perfect place for a day out rain or shine!

Alongside 2,500 animals, there are fun trails and activities to keep everyone happy. So whether you're visiting in flip flops or wellies, you're sure to have a great day with plenty to see and do.

undercover viewing areas and exhibits

Crocodiles, rhinos, frogs, giraffes and our Komodo dragon are just some of the many animals you can see housed in warm, humid buildings. Join them at your leisure and take cover during the rainy days.

covered boardwalks

Our covered boardwalk from the zoo entrance will lead you to Reptile Tropics; a steamy rainforest environment home to different reptile species and free ranging birds. From here you can stay undercover and wander through the Desert House to see succulent plants and parakeets flying overhead. The Desert House leads you straight to our Island Restaurant where you can relax with a sumptuous hot chocolate or a freshly cooked meal.

undercover winged wondersb bird show

We have a seasonal bird show (from April to September) which takes place inside our Animal Encounters Theatre – this is not to be missed whatever the weather! Get up close with amazing birds from The Devon Bird of Prey Centre as they swoop and fly just above your head; it’s an amazing experience for all ages.

retail therapy

Enjoy some retail therapy and browse the unique gifts from around the world in our Living World gift shop. You’ll find things from beautiful, unusual homeware to cuddly toys and small souvenirs.

Hot drinks

Pop into the Island Restaurant or stop by one of our catering outlets to pick up a warm beverage to take with you as you wander round the park.


Bring the children (under 12s only) to Jungle Fun, our indoor play area, where they can kick off their shoes and let off some steam.

Book your tickets online today and beat the queues for speedy entry when you arrive.

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