Tropical World is situated in Roundhay Park and provides an unforgettable journey through rainforest, mangroves, desert and the nocturnal world. It is a must see visit for all budding animal enthusiasts as it is home to lots of exciting and exotic animals. They have meerkats, monkeys, crocodiles, butterflies and so much more.
The building itself is split up in to themed areas for you to explore. The rainforest floor, complete with a waterfall, is crawling with wildlife. If you look closely you will see leaf-cutter ants, butterfly pupae and the arrowhead plant, which grows enormous leaves 15 feet above the floor. Next up is the aquarium where you are invited on a journey below the surface of the water. You will get to meet the incredible creatures that live in mangroves, rivers, lakes and the sea.
One of my daughters favourite parts of Tropical World was the desert area, where we got to wonder round cacti and take in the heat of the Yorkshire desert. She loved watching the meerkats and the tortoises explore their habitats. They also have a creature corner with snakes, lizards and iguanas and a nocturnal area where you will be plunged in to darkness. Here you will get to see some of the weirdest animals that roam the world.
The biggest draw to Tropical World for me was the wide range of butterflies that are housed here. They have between 20 to 30 different species of butterfly and it is a real fantastic sight seeing them up close. On our visit here we got to learn all about and witness the life cycle of a butterfly.
They have an on-site café and lots of picnic benches outside. They have lovely grounds for you to explore. There is no designated car park here, but parking on the streets nearby is free and only a short walk. Disabled parking is available on Princes Avenue just outside the entrance to Tropical World.
Useful information: Address: Princes Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 2ER
Opening hours: 10:00am until 6.00pm (last entry at 5.30pm)
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