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Zoos and Wildlife Parks near to Ayr
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Amazonia (33 miles)
Motherwell
Amazonia Scotland's largest indoor rainforest attraction offering a new fun and educational experience for all ages. It's a unique place to learn and explore, offering children and adults an insight into life in a tropical forest. Visitors are also given the opportunity to take part in daily animal handling...
Loch Lomond Bird Of Prey Centre (38 miles)
Alexandria
Loch Lomond Bird Of Prey Centre A small centre attached to a garden centre close to Loch Lomond. Around 30 birds in total. Regular flying displays and some handling opportunities. They also run introductory days, hawk walks and hunting days.
Loch Lomond Aquarium (38 miles)
Balloch
Loch Lomond Aquarium A visit to Loch Lomond Aquarium is not complete without a journey through our magnificent Ocean Tunnel displaying over twenty species of tropical fish from around the world. Here you will find fishy facts on our six black tip sharks, two nurse sharks and our very own footballer zebra shark, Sir Bobby Robson.
World of Wings (42 miles)
Cumbernauld
World of Wings Come and enjoy the largest collection of Birds of Prey in Scotland.
Machrihanish Seabird Observatory (44 miles)
Machrihanish
Machrihanish Seabird Observatory The modern focus of bird watching in Kintyre, this purpose-built sea hide provides shelter for sea watchers can take place during the worst weather, yet best sea watching conditions. 200 species regularly sighted, including some rarities.
Scottish Owl Centre (45 miles)
Bathgate
Scottish Owl Centre One of the largest collections of owls in the world ranging from Rainforest varieties to Snowbirds! Plus loads of great kid friendly exhibits, fascinating daily flying shows and a special section full of adorable dwarf owls called Wee Owl World! other highlights include the Adventure playground, play nest and...
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park (49 miles)
Kickcudbright
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park A varied collection of nearly 150 animals from all over the world can be seen within the peaceful and natural settings where the woodland has been tailored to provide large and imaginative enclosures.
Five Sisters Zoo Park (50 miles)
West Calder
Five Sisters Zoo Park boasts a wide variety of mammals, birds and reptiles from all over the world. New Exhibits include the adventure playground, monkey area, walk through aviary plus lemur enclosure.
Monreith Animal World (51 miles)
Newton Stewart
Monreith Animal World Set in twelve acres of scenic countryside, the animals are placed in a circular route around the park, taking in a peaceful pondside walk. Best suited to younger kids.
Logan Fish Pond Marine Life Centre (52 miles)
Stranraer
Logan Fish Pond Marine Life Centre See marine life and amazing geology at this marine life centre with a unique fish pond. Closed in Winter and during adverse weather.
Mossburn Animal Centre (54 miles)
Lockerbie
Mossburn Animal Centre Mossburn Community Farm was originally set up in 1987 to provide help for misused, abused, unwanted and neglected horses and ponies as well as young people with physical and mental problems. This original remit was later widened, and we now care for most animals (e.g goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs,...
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park (54 miles)
Stirling
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park All included in the admission price: Drive through animal reserves, sea lion shows, bird of prey centre with daily flying demonstration, boat trip around chimp island, lemur land, Pets Farm, elephant habitat with public viewing gallery, adventure playground with pirate ship and buried treasure, giant...
Argaty Red Kites (56 miles)
Doune
Argaty Red Kites Visit the only red kite feeding station in central Scotland and watch these wonderful birds flying. There is a hide to watch from, with ranger led visits at feeding time. Dogs on leads welcome.
Tweed Valley Osprey Watch (58 miles)
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.
Lamont City Farm (31 miles)
Erskine
Lamont City Farm Small petting farm, with under 5's play area and weekly kids club - all sorts of animals at the farm including sheep, goats, horses, ponies, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, chipmunks, ducks, hens and geese.
Heads of Ayr Park (4 miles)
Alloway by Ayr
Heads of Ayr Park There's almost 50 different types of animal, each with its own particular charm. Meet them, touch them, feed them! And it's packed with fantastic activities like indoor and outdoor play areas, an aerial runway, thrilling ringo sledging, tunnel land and the combine castle.
MandD's Scotland's Theme Park (33 miles)
Motherwell
MandD's Scotland's Theme Park Scotland's Theme Park is FUN for ALL the family! A great selection of rides and attractions, from the kiddie's corner to the more thrilling rides and attractions for teens and adults!
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (2 miles)
Ayr
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum In memory of the poet; the museum includes plenty of hands-on and interactive exhibits to keep the kids interested, plus a nice play area outside to reward them for paying attention!
Scottish Maritime Museum- Irvine (10 miles)
Irvine
Scottish Maritime Museum- Irvine Museum with lots for families to do including building model boats, exploring a vessel and seeing others up close, and entering a workers tenement flat.
The Dick Institute (12 miles)
Kilmarnock
The Dick Institute The museum is nicely family oriented and the ever changing exhibits are frequently focused on children's interests.
National Museum of Rural Life (27 miles)
East Kilbride
National Museum of Rural Life Working farm and museum where you can get hand-on finding out all about rural life with lots of seasonal activities too.
Scottish Football Museum (29 miles)
Glasgow
Scottish Football Museum Museum and Stadium Tour dedicated to the beautiful game located at Hampden park- the oldest continually used international ground in the world.
Scotland Street School Museum (30 miles)
Glasgow
Scotland Street School Museum A must-see for fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the architect of the building, and tells the story of education in Scotland from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.
Glasgow Science Centre (31 miles)
Glasgow
Glasgow Science Centre Fun, excitement and intrigue with free interactive science shows, fun workshops like the 'Egg Drop Challenge' and the 'Perception Deception', the amazing new BodyWorks' exhibition and 3 floors of fascinating displays showcasing science and life. Glasgow Science Centre is a world of...
Glasgow Riverside Museum (31 miles)
Glasgow
Glasgow Riverside Museum The Tall Ship is berthed alongside the Museum, creating a fantastic experience in this stunning setting, which also offers over 20 hands on exhibits, plus 3 interactive historically recreated street scenes and over 90 large touch screen activities.
The Peoples Palace (31 miles)
Glasgow
The Peoples Palace Explore the city's social history through a wealth of historic artefacts, paintings, prints and photographs, film and interactive computer displays.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (31 miles)
Glasgow
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Family friendly art gallery and museum including a Mini Museum for under 5s and activity trails plus Spitfires and dinosaurs!
Hunterian Museum (31 miles)
Glasgow
Hunterian Museum Museum, shop and cafe with hands-on exhibits, mummies, dinosaurs and meteorites.
Clydebank Museum (32 miles)
Clydebank
Clydebank Museum Museum with permanent exhibitions including large model ships and exhibitions concentrating on Clydebanks proud industrial heritage alongside high specification temporary galleries, for exciting touring exhibitions.
David Livingstone Centre (32 miles)
Blantyre
David Livingstone Centre Child-friendly museum with hands-on exhibits and packed with items relating to David Livingstones explorations in Africa plus 20 acres of parkland and gardens. Closed Jan-Mar.
Bute Museum (33 miles)
Isle of Bute
Bute Museum The island's history from a Bronze age Princess' necklace to a Penny Farthing bicycle, and its wildlife including a touch-table of interesting objects and a seal for stroking will inspire children and their parents to further explore our Island.
Scottish Maritime Museum- Dumbarton (34 miles)
Dumbarton
Scottish Maritime Museum- Dumbarton Maritime museum with lots of hand-on activities and plenty to see including carving your own hull and imagining that you are a ship designer.
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre (34 miles)
Motherwell
North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre Museum with changing exhibitions, hand-on discovery, craft activities, family events and a garden play area.
McLean Museum and Art Gallery (34 miles)
Inverclyde
McLean Museum and Art Gallery The Museum features an Egyptian mummy cartonnage, a Samurai warrior, an Indian Tiger, a Nile crocodile, a Sloth Bear and other animals, also ship models. Free quiz sheets are available along with an art table with activity materials for children. Gift shop.
Castle House Museum (36 miles)
Argyll
Castle House Museum Well stocked museum on upper floors of one of Dunoon's most historic locations. Putting and tennis also available in the Castle Gardens with excellent views of the Firth of Clyde.
Citadel Leisure Centre (< 1 mile)
Ayr
Citadel Leisure Centre Offer fun sessions in the Flexi-Pool with one, three and five meter boards plus main and teaching pools.
Magnum Leisure Centre (10 miles)
Irvine
Magnum Leisure Centre Leisure Pool, Ice Rink, Soft Play, Birthday Parties; Dry Sports Activities: Squash, Badminton, Volleyball etc.
New Cumnock Open Air Pool (18 miles)
New Cumnock
New Cumnock Open Air Pool Welcomes families between May and September for heated outdoor public swimming and children's lessons. Now also a RLSS officially registered Lifeguard Training Centre!
Dollan Aqua Centre (27 miles)
East Kilbride
Dollan Aqua Centre Re-opens 28th May 2011 following a two year refurbishment - The 50 metre pool can be split into two separate pools and has two flumes and a kiddies splash pool. There is a creche which is open every morning and a softplay area for children aged up to 7 open every afternoon.
Glasgow Club Pollok Pool (28 miles)
Glasgow
Glasgow Club Pollok Pool Large leisure pool with flume and wave machine, great for fun sessions, pool parties and everyday swimming.
Lagoon Leisure Centre (28 miles)
Paisley
Lagoon Leisure Centre Leisure pool with wave machine and flumes and small pool for families.
Glasgow Club Bellahouston (29 miles)
Glasgow
Glasgow Club Bellahouston Main Pool, Leisure Pool, Outdoor Pool, Flume and Baby Pool at this leisure centre set in Ballhouston Park.
Gorbals Swimming Pool (31 miles)
Glasgow
Gorbals Swimming Pool 25m main pool, leisure pool, flumes, river rapids, plus poolside spa with sauna, and steam room at this leisure centre.
Hamilton Water Palace (32 miles)
Hamilton
Hamilton Water Palace Leisure pool including flume/tyre slide/river rapids/outdoor lagoon, 25 metre pool with floating floor, Children's pool - great idea if you are looking for family days out in scotland.
The Play Drome (32 miles)
Clydebank
The Play Drome boasts some of the best swimming facilities in the West of Scotland. The leisure pool has numerous water features including a wave machine, river rapids, water canons, tyre ride, fast flume and a beach area.
The Meadow Leisure Centre (34 miles)
Dumbarton
The Meadow Leisure Centre The Meadow Centre complex offers a wide range of facilities and activities, including a large leisure pool, complete with wave machine and a water slide and a large sports hall.
Aquatec Motherwell (34 miles)
Motherwell
Aquatec Motherwell A free form leisure pool with a flume, a spa bath, two water cannons, a waterbed area, geysers, bubblers, wild water channel and a linked outdoor pool and childrens fun pool.
Waterfront Leisure Complex (34 miles)
Greenock
Waterfront Leisure Complex - everything from an outdoor lagoon to a tropical wave pool and ice discos and curling rink
Glasgow Club Easterhouse Pool (35 miles)
Glasgow
Glasgow Club Easterhouse Pool 20m main pool, a teaching pool, flume and water slides, river rapids, plus sauna and steam room.
Wishaw Sports Centre (35 miles)
North Lanarkshire
Wishaw Sports Centre Sports Centre with a 25m 6-lane deck level pool, 13m x 7m teaching pool and toddler fun pool.

Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Ayr 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.

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