Situated down Holderness Road is Hull's largest park. At 130 acres of parkland, its the premier park venue in the North. It was opened in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.
As a family we are frequent visitors to East Park. It's beautiful and there is plenty to do. The kids enjoy playing in the play park with its many swings, slides and climbing frames. Other attractions include the Wickstead Splash boat which first opened in 1929. This is open daily between the months of July and September from 11a.m to 17;30. It has a height restriction of 1.1 metres and costs £1.05 for adults and 55p for children.
There is also an animal education centre with its indoor collection of snakes, tarantulas, millipedes and beetles. We go down the route of "look, but don't touch". Outside in the paddocks you will find guinea pigs, goats, sheep, rhea, alpacas, deer, wallabies and peacocks. This is great for children who live in less rural areas and don't often get to see animals like these.
If you feel hungry during your visit to East Park you could head to the Pavilion Café for afternoon tea. The café also boasts a wide selection of home cooked meals and homemade cakes. It's on the pricey side, so it would probably be cheaper to take a picnic and enjoy the many different areas for a picnic.
In 1913, Thomas Ferens donated 16 acres of land for a boating lake in East Park. We have enjoyed whiling away many a half hour on the swan pedalos and rowing boats. Costing £3 per half hour, this is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air.
The best thing about East Park is that there is something for everyone of all ages, whether you bring a football for a kick about or take your model boat on the small pool. You could even take bread to feed the ducks. Whatever you do, East Park is definitely somewhere to visit.