In December we visited Weymouth Sea Life Centre to see Father Christmas and whilst we were there we noticed that all the rides had been removed and were intrigued by what might be replacing them.
Fast forward three months and the site has been transformed into a tropical playground that kids will adore.
We were invited to be some of the first people to visit the new Caribbean Cove, which opens to the public on 1st April.
It is set to be Dorset’s largest adventure playground, where children will be able to have fun exploring and learning about the importance of marine conservation with Tyler the Turtle.
The play area is shaped just like a Caribbean Cove and if you climb to the top of the climbing frame you can spot rays, jellyfish, octopus and turtles swimming around on the floor.
There are even waves to jump or surf on, on the floor.
There is a large sand pit where you can dig to find and protect turtle eggs.
In the park you will find the huge Calypso Heights climbing frame with nine remarkable towers, five fun slides, nets to clamber across and lots of activity stops as you climb through the trail.
Sebby’s favourite was the Sail away Galleon Ship where you can climb aboard and sail away on an exciting adventure on the Caribbean.
Watch out for a shark encounter and get up close and personal with jaws and venture through Caribbean Cove’s very own shark tunnel.
Travel across Canyon Bridge and imagine being suspended amongst the tree tops of the Caribbean jungle – are you brave enough to look down?
Have an underwater adventure in the Oceanic Octopus Crawl Tunnel and imagine yourself swimming along the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean sea bed, or in Eliza’s case, just stand on top of it and survey your kingdom.
The flooring is all laid to spongy playground material in bright Caribbean colours and calypso music plays in the background to add to the atmosphere.
For the adults there is a Costa coffee shop with huge windows so you can sit inside and watch the kids. Picnic tables and huge log benches dotted around the park and they have laid a lawn picnic area behind Calypso Towers and where the old log flume used to be.
The toilets have been refurbished and feature seats which have toddler seats attached to them as well as baby changing areas and some of the arcade games remain.
The kids didn’t seem to notice that the old rides had vanished, they were too busy having fun.
We visited on a beautifully sunny March day and the park proved to be a real a sun trap, with us all stripping down to t-shirts as it was so warm. My concern is that in the summer it is going to be very, very hot with no shade to hide in when it all gets a bit much.
All in all though, we love the new addition to Weymouth Sea Life Centre which will make the park a real go-to destination in the summer. Don’t forget to pack your swimming costumes for the splash park.
Check out what Isaac, Charlie, Megan, Eliza, Olive and Sebby thought of the park in my short video:
Entry to the Caribbean Cove is included in your entry ticket which cost from £14 per person. You can also gain entry using a Merlin Annual Pass which cost from £139 per person, per year, or a SeaLife Annual pass from £45 per person, per year.
Caribbean Cove have a new competition featuring Tyler the Turtle! A large statue has been made and he will be going out and about on ‘Tyler the Turtle trails’ around Dorset throughout April encouraging people to send in their selfie snaps with him with the hashtag #caribbeancove for the chance to win an annual family pass and vip visit at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park!!