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

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

Crocodiles, gorillas, orang utans and giraffes are just some of the many animals you can see housed in warm buildings. Join them at your leisure and take cover during the rainy days.

covered boardwalks

Our covered boardwalk will lead you to Reptile Tropics; a steamy rainforest environment home to poison dart frogs 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 bird show

We have a seasonal bird show which takes place inside our Animal Encounters Theatre – this is not to be missed whatever the weather! Get up close with amazing birds 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 souvenirs.

Hot drinks

Pop into the Island Restaurant where you can pick up a luxury hot chocolate, freshly ground coffee or a warming cup of tea to take with you as you wander round the park.


Bring the children 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 when you arrive.

Quotes An awesome experience. The amount of free space given to the animals was very impressive Quotes