Here are some places to try over the summer holidays.
Blackpool Zoo has more than 1,500 rare and exotic animals including big cats, monkeys and zebras.
Entry is 17.99 for adults and 13.50 for children.
Wild Discovery, in Wrea Green, is an interactive and educational animal experience.
Youngsters can help feed meerkats, otters and bats.
Adults 7 pounds; children under 16 are 6 pounds
Wild Boar Park has a wide variety of animals, including chipmunks, ostriches, sheep, and of course wild boars.
Visitors can also have a go at feeding lambs and meerkats and handle chicks.
Entry 7.50 for adults and children
The rescue and rehabilitation centre houses more than 90 birds of prey including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and vultures.
Adults 6 pounds, children 4 pounds.
Windmill Animal Farm, in Ormskirk, offers visitors the experience of a working farm, while still having the chance to watch, feed and touch the animals.
The farm has three childrens play area. Children 8.50 and adults 7.50.