Packed to the gills Get a fish’s eye view of life beneath the waves at Anglesey Sea Zoo, Brynsiencyn, the biggest aquarium in Wales. Recreating the underwater habitats of Anglesey’s bountiful coastline, it’s an immersive peek into our diverse marine life. Alongside huge tanks teeming with fish of all shapes and sizes, budding undersea explorers can come face to face with an octopus in the invertebrates-only No Bone Zone and see playtime in the Seahorse Nursery. A bug’s life It’s tropical whatever the weather at Pili Palas in Menai Bridge. The humid Butterfly House is a steamy world of lush vegetation, tumbling waterfalls and colourful, free-flying butterflies. You’ll also find creepy crawlies like hissing cockroaches, millipedes and hairy tarantulas in the Bug Zone, and slithering serpents in the Snake House. If you prefer your animals a little more cute and cuddly, watch out for the meerkats, pygmy goats and Kunekune pigs. Down on the farm Experience agricultural Anglesey at Foel Farm near Brynsiencyn. Young farmers can get eye level with massive shire horses on a tractor and trailer tour, help to feed the animals and work off some energy in the outdoor play area. It’s a fun-filled family day out stuffed with the sights, sounds and (strong) smells of life on a working farm. Talon show See the feathers fly and become a falconer for the day with Anglesey Hawking, near Rhosgoch. You’ll get the closest possible look at some mighty birds of prey on hawk walks through more than 1200 acres of unspoilt Anglesey countryside. For something really different, head out at dusk to see owls in night-time flight or saddle up for some horseback falconry. Size matters Make the kids feel really big with a trip to Anglesey Model Village and Gardens in Newborough. They’ll have a huge amount of fun wandering the tiny town, with its scaled-down replicas of Anglesey landmarks like Beaumaris Castle, the Marquess of Anglesey’s Column and the train station at Llanfair PG. Little ones can also hop aboard the village’s miniature train (Ivor to his friends) for a ride through the grounds. Trust exercises Visit the National Trust’s family-friendly Plas Newydd House and Gardens, perched on the banks of the Animal magic, aquatic adventures and horrible history. Anglesey’s got something for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages.
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