We took our 5 month old baby to Jersey on his first holiday ‘abroad’. Only a 45 minute flight away from most UK airports and with no time difference we found it was a good place to take our baby on his first holiday. Jersey offers high quality baby friendly accommodation, clean beaches and plenty of things to do for a young family. These are my tips on the best baby and toddler friendly things to when you are there.
1. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
We loved our day out at the Durrell Wildlife Park. One of Jersey’s most famous residents, the late Gerald Durrell, founded the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust over fifty years ago with the aim of protecting species from extinction. The Durrell Wildlife Park concentrates on breeding endangered species so you won’t see lions or elephants there, but our son was transfixed watching the gorillas, lemurs and orangutans in their large, natural enclosures. He loved the adventure playground too. We found the Café to be good value too, particularly as we visited during Tennerfest which is when over 170 of the island’s eateries have mouthwatering menus for £10.
There are numerous special events and activities running throughout the year at Durrell so have a look on the website before you visit to see what is going on.
Admission: Adult: £13.50. Under 4’s are free
2. Le Petit Train
Le Petit Train (or The Little Train) is a road train that runs between St Aubin and St Helier several times a day 7 days a week. At £7.50 for an adult return, it is a bit pricey (under 3’s are free) but the commentary was interesting. Another option is to get the train one way and ride a family funbike back along the promenade. These can be hired for £12 an hour.
Departs from: Liberation Square & St Aubin.
3. aMaizin! Adventure Park
The AMaizin Adventure Park caters for children from 3 to adult and has loads of activities for families to enjoy. Some of the attractions, such as the toboggan run are for older children but the tractor rides and animal park are ideal for babies and toddlers.
4. Park Life
Jersey has a multitude of parks which are ideal for babies and toddlers.
Otherwise known as Millbrook Park, this park has beautiful grounds and a great playground. Access and parking is from the Inner Road (A1). It is possible to get to the beach and promenade of St Aubins Bay from the south of the park, but be careful crossing the dual carriageway.
Address: St Aubins Road, St Lawrence.
Springfield Playground (St Helier)
This play area features a sandpit and has designated areas for younger and older children.
Les Jardins de la Mer, Waterfront, St Helier.
These are maritime gardens with water fountains which toddlers will love running in between.