Balmedie Beach (25 miles)
The inland beach is part of the country park, so it's remote and traditional, but good sand and swimming, children's play area in the park and good disabled access via dune boardwalks.
St Cyrus (33 miles)
Fairly isolated sandy beach great for peaceful traditional family days with castling, paddling and long nature walks available.
Lunan Bay (33 miles)
Fabulous for bird watching, walking, surfing and horse riding, this sandy beach is overlooked by dramatic castle ruins. Swim only with caution: strong currents.
Montrose Beach (37 miles)
Golden sands stretch for three miles from Montrose to the North Esk River, with stunning views. Splash play area, playground, pitch and putt, amusements and more.
Nairn Beach (50 miles)
A soft sandy beach backed by dunes, with a school of dolphins inhabiting the local coastline often visible from shore.
St Andrews West Sands (61 miles)
St Andrews West Sands
Popular for walking, running and swimming, this sandy Blue Flag Awarded beach is famously the opening setting for Chariots of Fire.
Dornoch Beach (67 miles)
Beautiful expanse of golden sand extending around the point to the south and all the way to the village of Embo in the north. Dornoch itself is a fascinating and historic town with a range of facilities and its famous cathedral.
Brora Beach (69 miles)
Sandy beach whose special appeal besides the fossils is the regular appearance of dolphins, minke whales, and grey and common seals off the coastline.
Leven Beach (72 miles)
Blue Flag awarded beach with amusements adjacent from arcade, to kiddies' rides, to crazy golf. Swimming ok, no lifeguard cover.
Storybook Glen (20 miles)
See more than 100 of your favourite nursery rhyme and fairytale characters. Enjoy exquisite flowers and plants, majestic trees, secret waterfalls, exotic animals and fairytale houses and eat at the self-service restaurant which offers healthy food.
Codonas Amusement Park (24 miles)
Codonas Amusement Park
Three entertainment centres: Codonas Amusement Park, Sunset Boulevard and Miami Beach with LOADS of things to do
North East Falconry Centre (17 miles)
North East Falconry Centre
Spectacular Falcons, Owls, Hawks and Eagles are permanently on display.
The breathtaking flying demonstrations offer a unique photo and video opportunity.
One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Aberdeen
Macduff Marine Aquarium (32 miles)
Macduff Marine Aquarium
features marine life from the Moray Firth in a variety of exciting and innovative exhibits. Visitors come face to face with hundreds of native fish and invertebrates normally only seen by SCUBA divers who brave the chilly waters of the North Sea.
Willows Animal Sanctuary (32 miles)
Willows Animal Sanctuary
Willows Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to the care of abandoned and ill-treated domestic and farm animals. It looks after over 200 animals including more than 60 horses, ponies and donkeys as well as 100 sheep, goats, cows and pigs and approximately 60 cats and many rabbits, poultry and reptiles.
Doonies Farm (25 miles)
A fully-functioning farm with an outstanding collection of rare breed animals, come and encounter the countryside!
Grampian Transport Museum (< 1 mile)
Grampian Transport Museum
Dramatic displays, push button exhibits and video presentations trace the history of road travel. Climb Aboard vehicle exhibits include: buses, trams, traction engine, fire engine and Mack Snow Plough.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum (23 miles)
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history. It is also the only place in the UK where you can see displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry. Granite Jack, the museum mascot, will keep the kids' attention throughout.
Satrosphere Science Centre (24 miles)
Satrosphere Science Centre
is full of exciting exhibits, science shows, workshops and special events like Little Scientists Day. Fun for all the family and everyone who loves to explore and experiment!
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum (32 miles)
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum
Delightful country park location with children's play area and nature walks. Start by exploring the Aden Estate Story and the "Weel Vrocht Grun" exhibitions. Visit Hareshowe, a working farm set in the 1950s.
Arbuthnot Museum (39 miles)
See models showing the development of local fishing boats and find out about Arctic Animals, Whaling, and view their collection of significant Inuit Artefacts. Definitely an educational trip, but fascinating.
Beach Leisure Centre (24 miles)
Beach Leisure Centre
The freeform leisure pool has fantastic water features including rapids and a wave machine so you won't fail but have a whale of a time
Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool (26 miles)
Montrose Swimming Pool (37 miles)
Montrose Swimming Pool
Standard, teaching and diving pools with cool 1 and 3m Springboards, plus a 5m Platform for the brave ones.
Tick Tock Play (< 1 mile)
Tick Tock Play
Multi level adventure climbing structure featuring wavy slides, a helterskelter slide, football target area, high walkways, viewing bubbles and a special zone for the smaller folk.
Kool Kidz (9 miles)
Indoor adventure soft play and activity centre for under 14s, climbing frames and wall, to zip slides, tunnels and plenty more to exhaust and entertain the kids. Attached to a child oriented restaurant.
Hoodles Play Barn (15 miles)
Hoodles Play Barn
The centre piece of the Play Barn facility is our extensive soft play area - the only one of its type in the area.
Bogie Dragon (16 miles)
Within the activity centre is a large, purpose built adventure castle. It is a fun packed soft play themed area
Wynford Farm Playbarn (17 miles)
Wynford Farm Playbarn
It is a farm but it's a working one without visits: the real draw is the terrific purpose built play barn with the multi level adventure play frames in! Plus an educational section on where food comes from with farmers often on hand for questions.
Fuzzy Eds (21 miles)
Attached to a family friendly restaurant, this is a woodland themed adventure soft play facility with several levels of fun features and a separate area for toddlers. Height restriction for main section is 4ft9.
KC Kangaroos Play Centre (22 miles)
KC Kangaroos Play Centre
Exciting bright and colourful facilities include scramble nets and rope ladders, three different slides and a large deep ball pool. Dedicated toddler area with smaller versions!
Ton's o' Fun (23 miles)
Ton's o' Fun
an exciting children's adventure play centre for kids over 12 months and up to 145cm in height. Age split main frames, plus sports area and all the classic features.
Brewster Bear Fun Factory (24 miles)
Brewster Bear Fun Factory
Kids play centre attached to brewsters food chain - i find they are always worth a visit if the weather is a bit grotty and the kids need a runaround - and you can get lunch too!
Rambos Kids Adventureland (24 miles)
Rambos Kids Adventureland
slides, rope climbs, ball ponds, soft ball shooters and a bouncy area that will entertain the kids for hours and hours
Kidzalowd Softplay Area (24 miles)
Kidzalowd Softplay Area
Attached to a family friendly restaurant, this adventure play facility for the under 10s is bright, colourful, safe and clean.
Dizzy Rascals Indoor Playcentre (29 miles)
Dizzy Rascals Indoor Playcentre
Soft play, with slides, ball pools and a massive soft ball 5-a-side football zone. New for 2006-ball cannons, trampoline and an extended play frame
Junior Jim (31 miles)
Physical activity for pre schoolers only, limited opening but great atmosphere and innovative programme, good equipment. Council run.
Harleys (31 miles)
Offers softplay with toddler areas, ten pin bowling from shoe size child's 8 and a child friendly restaurant with Little Friends menu.
Craigievar Castle (4 miles)
17th century stately home with sumptuous, opulent furnishings and rich family history, plus extensive parklands, woodland walks with beautiful views. Children's quiz and family trail.
Crathes Castle Garden and Estate (15 miles)
Crathes Castle Garden and Estate
One of the most beautiful and best preserved castles in Scotland occupied by the Burnetts of Leys for over 350 years and set against a magnificent garden with its world-renowned June border. Kids can also take part in quizzes, family trails, hands-on activities and play in the adventure playground.
Tolquhon Castle (20 miles)
Noted for its highly ornamented gatehouse, Tolquhon is one of the most picturesque of the castles in the Grampian countryside. The stuff of kids' dreams.
Balmoral Castle (24 miles)
Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar is the Balmoral Estate.
Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Estate has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since.
Aberdeen Snowsports Centre (23 miles)
Aberdeen Snowsports Centre
Lessons, courses and public sessions for novices to experts in skiing and snowboarding. They also do tubing, an exhilarating whoosh down a slope on an inflatable ring for over 4s.
Glenshee Ski Centre (36 miles)
Glenshee Ski Centre
From invitingly easy to the surprisingly steep, Glenshee offers the most extensive skiing and snowboarding in Scotland with friendly lessons available.
Transition Extreme (24 miles)
In their coaching sessions they take children from the age of 5 years and upwards. It’s a brilliant combination of exercise, psychological challenge and lasting friendships, and it’s open to absolutely everybody!
Go Ape! Crathes Castle (15 miles)
Go Ape! Crathes Castle
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
One Sports (22 miles)
18 lanes of 10-Pin-Bowling featuring the latest cosmic lighting and automated bumper systems. Modern, fully-equipped, air-conditioned Fitness Suite Four 5-a-side, all-weather, astroturf football pitches. Cafe serving fast-food, sandwiches, soups etc., Arcade Zone including all the latest video games, pool tables, and air hockey.
Codonas Bowling (24 miles)
26 ten-pin and cosmic bowling lanes with a modern and comfortable decor. The rest of the amusement park offers a great range of other family entertainments.
Old Aberdeen Treasure Trail (23 miles)
Old Aberdeen Treasure Trail
The self-guided Old Aberdeen Trail is a fantastic, inexpensive and quirky way to explore the area. Follow the Directions, Solve the Clues and See the Sights!
Alford Valley Railway (< 1 mile)
Alford Valley Railway
Scotland's first 2ft Narrow Gauge passenger railway, running a half-hourly service from Alford to Haughton Park.
The Old Royal Station (18 miles)
The Old Royal Station
At the centre of Ballater is a beautiful wooden building that was formerly the royal railway station. Recently restored, it now houses an exhibition, the Tourist Information Centre, a restaurant and shops.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Alford 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 Grampian can enjoy the great day out as well.
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