Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre Visit the Salmon Centre and watch live footage from the Cauld: you might just spot a wild Salmon battling it's way through the water! There is also a brass rubbing nature trail, fully restored working waterwheel, and wildlife such as otters, red squirrel, roe deer, badgers, bats, owls, heron and foxes.
Tweed Valley Osprey Watch Two osprey watch centres showing live images from an osprey nest in the Tweed Valley Forest Park and other wildlife features.
Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre Take a tour of a hugely successful working textile mill, museum and visitor centre and you can find out how many goats you need for a jumper, watch proper catwalk samples being made and see the world's largest range of Pure New Wool Tartans!
Textile Towerhouse A beautifully restored building which uses period rooms combined with modern audiovisuals to tell the the turbulent story of the town and the tower. Plus changing special exhibitions and vintage children's schoolroom with smart dress up and craft activities!
Coldstream Museum In addition to a varied programme of exhibitions and workshops, the Museum houses permanent displays exploring the history of the parish. Other features include an indoor children's play area, shop and a courtyard with picnic table.
The Eyemouth Maritime Centre In keeping with the external vision of an 18th century frigate, the theme continues inside to create an atmospheric replica gun deck and living quarters of the period, complete with sound effects!
Eyemouth Museum is a family friendly museum. Kids, dress up as a fisher lassie or fisherman and play in our wheelhouse while the rest of your family learn all about Eyemouth’s fishing and farming past. View our spectacular tapestry which took 2 years to make to commemorate the fishing disaster of 1881.
Hurly Burly Large 4 storey frame for big kids with slides, cargo nets, rollers, swings, mouse holes, climbing zone and target area. Under 5s have their own area with climbing ramp and slide, plus soft play equipment.
Riverside Inn Playzone Soft play at the Riverside Inn, part of the Eating Inn group and offers a three level play frame plus family friendly dining and a garden area.
Manderston This supreme country house of the Edwardian Scottish era stands in 56 acres of formal gardens, with magnificent stables and stunning marble dairy. Includes Britain's first privately owned Biscuit Tin Museum.
Floors Castle A truly family castle loved and lived in by many generations of Roxburghes, wonderful for exploring and great for inspiring little daydreamers. Play on the adventure playground, binge on perennials in the Walled Garden, plus spot woodpeckers and red squirrels on the forest and river walks. Blissful!
Bowhill House and County Estate Offering not just a splendid domicile to explore but an awesome adventure playground, ranger led wildlife walks, family rambles and double bank fishing. Loads to do, loads to see, allow loads of time!
Mary Queen Of Scots Visitor Centre Highly educational and quite fascinating besides! The period feel inside the house has been preserved, while thoughtful design lets the story of Mary's life unfold in a lively way.
Trimontium Heritage Centre Ride the Newstead charger; explore the Blacksmith's workshop, Roman kitchen and pottery; plus a series of illustrated panels and modern artefact display cases. Guided walks available around the grounds.
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum Get a taste of life behind bars in this 1820s jail: a model prison in its day but now pretty spooky! Children's guides available.
Gunsgreen House A historical mansion built in 1753 by a smuggler! In our dark and spooky cellars we have a smuggling museum; you can dress up, do the rat trail, learn all about the history, crawl through hidden tunnels, hide in barrels and become a qualified smuggler!
Paxton House is a historic house and country park with loads to see and do. House and garden tours, exploring the grounds, visiting the Stables tea room and gift shop and enjoying the play park are just some of the things on offer.
Traquair House House and grounds with plenty for families including a Maze, woodland and willow tunnels to explore, mini adventure playground for all ages plus separate toddler area, workshops and activity sheets. Open from April to November.
Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex - offers skiing and snowboarding with lessons available for all ages on their dry outdoor slope. Youngsters can also join in the fun, sledging or using ringos on the mini slope.
Border Ice Rink An elite little Ice rink with just the one public Sunday session and an Ice Disco, but hosting lots of curling and skating clubs. Get in while you can!
Rock UK Whithaugh Park Zip wires, low ropes courses, mountain biking, indoor swimming, grass sledging, inflatable games and so much more: a terrific range of thrilling, bonding family adventures!
7stanes Glentress Family friendly mountain biking trails with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre, Cafe and Bike Hire.
Peebles Spy Mission Treasure Trail Your mission if you choose to accept it is to solve this self guided spy mission Trail around the streets of Peebles! Let the kids become a spy for the day and help them to solve the clues along this unique Trail.
Kailzie Gardens 15 acres of garden for woodland and burnside walks. Large walled garden containing herbaceous borders, formal rose garden, greenhouses and much more including a nicely done children's corner. It’s a rich habitat for loads of birds too!
Jedforest Deer and Farm Park Lots of animals from tiny hamsters to enormous cows plus rare breeds section, outdoor adventure playground and covered play area, plus nature trails and pond dipping. 100% disabled access by quad safari!
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre Great place for a family day out with several nature walks, an indoor play area, and (allegedly), the biggest play park in the Borders! Lots of events and exhibitions to enjoy.
Wilton Lodge Park is a picturesque town park with tree lined walks, river and waterfall, glass house with aviary and walled gardens. Bowling, putting, crazy golf, tennis courts and croquet also available, ideal for keeping the kids busy!
The Hirsel Estate With wonderful walks around the lake and through the mysterious Dundock Wood; Homestead Museum; crafts market; seasonal wildflower explosions and a small children's play area with tearoom. Lovely!
St Abbs Head Nature Reserve Formed by an extinct volcano and home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds as well as seals, whales and dolphins off shore, this is an amazing natural adventure! Plus Nature Art Gallery and coffee shop in visitor centre.
Bowhill Stables offer lessons, off road scenic hacks and pony trekking with forest and moorland terrain, plus outdoor adventure playground as a bonus! Hooray!
Nenthorn Equestrian Centre Offering an indoor school with viewing gallery, a large outdoor school and self-contained stabling. Kids welcome for Pony Club (over 6)
Thanks for all the great things to do in Borders with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Borders can enjoy the great day out as well.
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