If you know any other great things to do in Borders with kids not listed on DAYoutWITHtheKIDS - please get in contact - so we can add them to the site and share the fun places to go with other children - thanks a lot
Family Days Out in Borders
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Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre
Selkirk
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
Peebles
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
Selkirk
Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre Weavers of the world's largest range of Pure New Wool Tartans. Working mill, museum and visitor centre.
Textile Towerhouse
Hawick
Textile Towerhouse A beautifully restored building which uses period rooms, figures and audiovisuals to explain the turbulent past of the town and the tower. With a regular programme of changing exhibitions and children's schoolroom.
Coldstream Museum
Coldstream
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
Eyemouth
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
Eyemouth
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
Duns
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
Dundee
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
Duns
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
Kelso
Floors Castle Castle stands in thousands of acres of beautiful grounds overlooking the River Tweed. There is also a great adventure playground, making it a great idea for people looking for family days out in Scotland.
Bowhill House and County Estate
Selkirk
Bowhill House and County Estate Bowhill sits at the heart of this beautiful estate in the Scottish Borders where the countryside has been managed by the Buccleuch family for successive generations.
Mary Queen Of Scots Visitor Centre
Jedburgh
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
Melrose
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
Jedburgh
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
Eyemouth
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
Berwick upon Tweed
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
Peeblesshire
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
Newmilns
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
Kelso
Border Ice Rink Ice rink with one public Sunday session as well as hosting curling and skating clubs.
Rock UK Whithaugh Park
Newcastleton
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!
Ancrum Outdoor Centre
Dundee
Ancrum Outdoor Centre Almost defying description these guys offer a seriously wide range outdoor activities, wet and dry, active and serene, on foot and by vehicle. Take a look!
7stanes Glentress
Peebles
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.
Dundee Karting
Dundee
Dundee Karting At speeds of up to 40mph and sitting only and inch from the ground, race prepared RIMO karts and an expertly designed track will have your adrenalin pumping from start to finish. For over 8s also over 4ft 2".
The Peebles Spy Treasure Trail
Peebles
The Peebles Spy Treasure Trail Looking for a fun and interesting way to explore the Scottish Borders? The Peebles Spy Trail is one of many in the area. These fun treasure hunts will teach you fascinating facts and show you some beautiful scenery. Enjoy a family walk and solve an intriguing mystery.
Eyemouth Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Eyemouth
Eyemouth Spy Mission Treasure Trail A walking spy themed Treasure Hunt around the winding streets of Eyemouth, around the harbour and the town. The trail is around 1.5 miles long and should take no more than 2 hours to complete.
Kailzie Gardens
Peebles
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.
Jedforest Deer and Farm Park
Jedburgh
Jedforest Deer and Farm Park The Great Value Family Day Out near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. Nestling in the Jed Valley with views over the Cheviot Hills, Jedforest Deer & Farm Park is set in the rolling countryside of the Scottish Borders.
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre
Jedburgh
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre There's lots of events, exhibitions and walks for all the family, boasting the biggest play park in the Borders! It's a great day out, whatever the weather!
Wilton Lodge Park
Hawick
Wilton Lodge Park One of the most picturesque town parks in Scotland with its tree lined walks, river, waterfall, formal gardens, museum, glass house and walled gardens. Bowling, putting, crazy golf, tennis courts and cafe also available.
The Hirsel Estate
Coldstream
The Hirsel Estate A great day out for all the family with wonderful walks around the lake and through the mysterious Dundock Wood; at the Homestead there is a Museum, craft units, children's play area and tearoom.
St Abbs Head Nature Reserve
Eyemouth
St Abbs Head Nature Reserve Formed by an extinct volcano, the Head is the best known landmark along the magnificent Berwickshire coast. Home to thousands of nesting seabirds in summer, the Head also has a wealth of other wildlife.
Bowhill Stables
Selkirk
Bowhill Stables offer lessons, off road scenic hacks and pony trekking with forest and moorland terrain, plus outdoor adventure playground.
Nenthorn Equestrian Centre
Kelso
Nenthorn Equestrian Centre All weather riding facility offering lessons for all ages, Pony Club for over 6s, and hacking for over 16s. Plenty of activity programming too.

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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