Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary (3 miles)
Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary
A tropical landscaped garden filled with exotic butterflies, beautiful birds, fish and terrapins, plus several species of otter. Make sure the bigger kids take a camera!
Devon Wildlife Centre and Hospital (5 miles)
Devon Wildlife Centre and Hospital
A real wildlife hospital and rehabilitation centre that will capture kids' hearts. By definition there is an ever-changing array of animals at the centre, but they always welcome families and offer a daily programme of keeper talks.
Paignton Zoo (10 miles)
Explore 80 acres of natural habitat and see the hundreds of animals that live there. As well as seeing the animals, there are plenty of other things to do: get your face painted, catch the feeding times or let off steam in our playareas.
Living Coasts (11 miles)
Take a journey around the coasts of the world where amazing plants and animals live life on the edge. You'll see birds and mammals in specially-designed naturalistic habitats. With outdoor and indoor exhibits, there's plenty to see and do whatever the weather.
Dartmoor Zoological Park (13 miles)
Dartmoor Zoological Park
There are over 200 animals at Dartmoor Zoological Park: from tiny stick insects to Ben our Brown Bear or Solomon our Lion, all set in over 30 acres of beautiful parkland. Discover something different, learn something amazing and help us make tomorrow's world rich in animal life.
National Marine Aquarium (20 miles)
National Marine Aquarium
The visual spectacular of the Atlantic Ocean tank is a wow with kids: they're sure to get a unique and inspiring take on of what makes fish such fascinating animals from the menacing Sand Tiger and Nurse Sharks to the graceful Eagle Rays to the mighty Tarpon and Barracuda.
The Donkey Sanctuary (27 miles)
The Donkey Sanctuary
We are a registered charity working around the world protecting donkeys and promoting their welfare worldwide. Visitors can spend as much time as they wish meeting the donkeys and enjoying beautiful coastal and countryside walks. We have a maze, nature centre and donkeys to ‘adopt’, along with family picnic areas.
The Monkey Sanctuary (31 miles)
The Monkey Sanctuary
Set in beautiful woodland overlooking the picturesque Cornish Coast, we have been offering a safe home to monkeys in need since 1964.
Much more than just monkeys, it's a great day out for the whole family, and you can rest assured that all income goes to support out charitable work.
Porfell Wildlife Park (37 miles)
Porfell Wildlife Park
At Porfell you will meet wallabies, marmosets, snakes, lemurs, meerkats, porcupines and of course 'Bert' the capybara as well as all your favourite farmyard animals and pets.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium (38 miles)
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium
Come face to face with local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast. Kids can interact with the sea creatures including the unique experience of hand feeding our shoal of tame mullet, holding a starfish and getting up close with a giant lobster.
North Devon Falconry (39 miles)
North Devon Falconry
Enjoy a day hunting with their trained Harris' hawks in some of the UK's most beautiful countryside. You will receive a brief lesson in handling this magnificent bird of prey and will enjoy the reassurance of being under the watchfull eye of one of the expert falconers at all times.
Wingz Bird and Animal Sanctuary (43 miles)
Exmoor Zoo (44 miles)
There is only one place you are guaranteed to see the elusive Exmoor Beast and that is in the grounds of Exmoor Zoo. It is a rather large pair of black leopards that are likely to spot you before you see them! Exmoor Zoo is an award winning zoo set in a delightful location and homes over 175 different and unusual species of animals and birds.
Tropiquaria (46 miles)
Free roaming birds and lizards in the Tropical Hall; wide collection of fish plus Tarantulas and Giant Millipedes in the Basement; outdoor animal enclosures plus indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds!
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park (49 miles)
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park
Parrot handling; Dog training; Natural Herbal Remedies; Care of your pets; Alpaca Walks and Animal Handling Sessions. Hawk walks, Falconry Days, Courses, Half days, Owl Hour.......
Ilfracombe Aquarium (50 miles)
'Experience the fascinating journey from an Exmoor stream to the Atlantic Ocean'.
Cornwalls Childrens Zoo (51 miles)
Cornwalls Childrens Zoo
An excellent family oriented all weather attraction with over 10,000 Sq ft under cover. 5500 Sq ft Tropical House with Exotic Plants, Lizards, Birds and Fish.
Abbotsbury Swannery (53 miles)
This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. The kids should take cameras and sketchbooks plus binoculars for elusive cygnets.
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower (58 miles)
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower
Is an indoor and outdoor attraction, with an indoor ocean tunnel and other amazing sea life displays. There are rides, a Splash Zone and an interactive rock pool. We also have animal feeding sessions and a water park play area.
Newquay Zoo (59 miles)
Get closer to over 130 species at award winning Newquay Zoo! See the penguins relaxing in their pool, visit the creepiest crawlies in the atmospheric tropical house, watch the big cats get their lunch and learn more about conservation â" a perfect day out for the whole family!
Secret World (59 miles)
is a charity that specialises in the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of Britain’s orphaned, injured and sick wildlife. Visit the animals during their stay and get a close up look at the significant work they do. Only open on specific days of the year
Blue Reef Aquarium (59 miles)
Blue Reef Aquarium
Take the ultimate undersea safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay. Enjoy close encounters with everything from tropical sharks to enchanting seahorses!
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park (61 miles)
Badger Watch Dorset (62 miles)
Badger Watch Dorset
An evening in the country the kids will never forget: their high quality hides have recorded a 100% sightings record over the last three years, so you are virtually guaranteed to see some of these wonderful creatures foraging for food under the floodlights.
Orca Sea Safaris (63 miles)
Orca Sea Safaris
Wildlife watching and coastal boat trips from Falmouth. Running from the historic port of Falmouth, our boat trips aim to introduce you to the outstanding beauty of our coastline, while looking for wildlife that may be in the area. Wildlife could include Dolphins, Basking Sharks, Seals or many other species that are regularly spotted around the Cornish Coastline. Your Skipper will provide a cheery face and an informative commentary, describing fascinating facts about shipwrecks, smugglers tales, local history and the marine environment.
Seaquarium (66 miles)
Here you will discover the fascinating secrets hidden beneath the Severn Estuary and the sea beyond. Over 25 display tanks of sharks, rays and other creatures swimming gracefully past.
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium (67 miles)
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium
Our informative displays feature aquatic stars of the world famous Jurassic coastal waters and stunning River Frome. Newest feature is the Seahorse Display Centre.
Seahorses are among the exotic and fascinating creatures from other lands you can also see in our beautiful aquariums.
Cheddar Caves and Gorge (68 miles)
Cheddar Caves and Gorge
Whatever the weather, Cheddar Caves & Gorge is the ideal day out destination for all the family. Prepare to be entertained, educated and enlightened! Our friendly staff will do all they can to make your day special and memorable.
Monkey World (69 miles)
is a 65-acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.
National Seal Sanctuary (71 miles)
Pennywell Farm (4 miles)
Treat your family to the very best with a full day of hands on animal action at Pennywell Farm near Buckfastleigh. With animal activities, shows and rides galore all included in the admission price, you won't waste a single minute. Home of the world famous Pennywell Miniature Pigs.
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm (7 miles)
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
More than just a petting farm, this is a non-profit-making organisation, which relies on the work of volunteers and the great support of its customers. It aims to preserve endangered species of farm animals and the diversity of British wildlife. It is also a fantastic day out!
Miniature Pony Centre (9 miles)
Miniature Pony Centre
Animals, adventure, and discovery all set in 20 acres of beautiful parkland. A truly captivating family attraction in Devon, with miniature ponies and much much more. Set in an idyllic setting in the heart of scenic Dartmoor, there is plenty of beautiful countryside to explore.
Babbacombe Model Village (10 miles)
Babbacombe Model Village
Hundreds of animated models, scenes, vehicles and people make up the world of Babbacombe Model Village. Lots of humour and fun animated features, set amongst 4 acres of delightful gardens make this a fantastic day out for families.
Woodlands Leisure Park (12 miles)
Woodlands Leisure Park
- is an all-weather attraction, theres something for everyone nestled in 90 acres with various adventure playzones - perfect for entertaining children of all ages! Let off steam in massive Fun Factories, indoor rides, 2 Master Blaster Arenas and Soft Play Centres.
Crealy Great Adventure Park (20 miles)
Crealy Great Adventure Park
Voted Devons best family attraction , don't miss the thrills and spills of Devons Crealy. Fly through the air, splash through flowing water, explore mystical woodland and meet the cutest creatures. Complete with wild rides, masses of indoor play, the regions friendliest animals and NEW attractions, capture more precious memories than ever before.
House of Marbles (5 miles)
House of Marbles
Featuring the largest marble run in the United Kingdom and possibly the world! Glass Making, Game and Marble Museums, push button marble runs, a GIANT floating marble, and a great new outdoor play structure to enjoy (3 to 12s).
Dartmoor Prison Museum (11 miles)
Dartmoor Prison Museum
Dartmoor Prison has a long and fascinating history that has seen many changes in its fortunes. But it is also at the cutting edge of modern penal practice, developing ways to help offenders change their lives and to protect the public.
Brixham Heritage Museum (13 miles)
Dartmouth Museum (14 miles)
Local museum with hands on exhibits for big kids and the grownups they turn into! Hands on science, learn to tie knots, put your Granny in the stocks! Amazing model ships; things about Dartmouth in the two world wars, quizzes, not stuffy at all!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Ashburton 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 Devon can enjoy the great day out as well.
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