Lion, tigers and bears....oh my!
York’s Wild Kingdom is not just a zoo filled with 60-70 species of animals for children to watch and learn about, but also a fun amusement park great for the whole family.
The zoo features stunning creatures such as the white Bengal tiger, adorable bear cubs, stripy zebras and a number of species of playful monkeys. Each area supplies information on the animals, their habitats and nature so kids can learn about the animal as they enjoy the thrill of seeing them face to face.
The nearby Butterfly Kingdom is a 5.500 square foot beautifully lush enclosure which is home to colorful and delicate South and Central American butterflies. Here kids can learn the short but sweet life cycle of the butterfly, from the chrysalis to adulthood.
Now you’ve seen the animals - ready to ride the rides!? Of course you are! The Amusement Park is home to over 22 rides which is great for both smaller and older children. Go for a spin in the gravitationally challenged Super Spiral, scare yourself in the Haunted House, or get lost in the jungle funhouse. Challenge yourself to try out every one! It is worth noting that there are height restrictions on the rides so be sure to check before you queue.
If that all isn’t enough to keep you entertained for an entire week, there is also an 18 hole mini golf course, batting cages and an arcade to top it all off, just to make sure you really do have an incredibly fun day.
As long as you don’t want to eat what the lions eat (and we hope you don’t!) then both the zoo and amusement park have a number of snack bars located where you can buy treats such as hot dogs, hamburgers, steak & cheese, cotton candy and the delicious discovery of fried dough. Alternatively, there are a number of lovely areas set up to enjoy your own picnic lunch if you want to bring your own food and drinks.
The zoo understands that a naturalistic setting is key for housing wild animals and ensuring they have a great quality of life. The staff promote natural foraging activity as the key form of enrichment to ensure the use their intelligence to work for their food, as they would in the wild. The zoo also participates with an animal release facility in Costa Rica through the Monkey Park Foundation Project. If you want to find out more just have a look on the website.
There is so much to be learnt during your time at the zoo. There are daily learning sessions, information cards at different exhibits, and for those who fancy zookeeping as a career, there are some great volunteering options to ask about during your visit.
What would a zoo trip be if you couldn’t walk away with a cute stuffed toy of your favorite animal? There are souvenirs available for you to purchase to remember your visit
Just head to 1 Animal Park Road, York, Maine, 03909. The animals are waiting for you! Free parking is available at the Rt. 1 entrance. Metered parking is also available here. If you are coming from the south, use 95 North into Maine. Using Exit 7, get onto Route 1 North then just look for the 40 foot sign about 2 miles up from there. If you are coming from the north, take 95 south all the way to the last exit, then use York exit 7. Then get onto Route 1 North and again, look for the 40 foot sign about 2 miles up from there.
Strollers and wheelchairs are available to rent from the Film & stroller booth just near the zoo entrance. You can also bring your own if you like. It is worth noting that the rentals will not be electric.