Mossburn Animal Centre (7 miles)
Mossburn Animal Centre
Provides rescue and shelter to a wide variety of animals including: horses and ponies, pigs, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs, iguanas, sheep, cows, raccoons and many more who seek shelter.
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park (23 miles)
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.
Dalscone Farm (1 miles)
A family fun farm with a variety of animals, a huge indoor play area filled with ball pools, slides and other equipment. It also has lots of outdoor play equipment, trampolines, pedal karts, crazy golf and more!
Mabie Farm Park (3 miles)
Mabie Farm Park
Farm Park with animals and pet handling, rides including Donkey Rides, Train and Paddle Boats. Also we have two indoor play barns!
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura (< 1 mile)
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura
Look out for, amongst other things: fossil footprints left by prehistoric animals, the wildlife of the Solway, tools and weapons of our earliest people, stone carvings by Scotland's first Christians and the everyday things of the Victorian farm.
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum (2 miles)
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum
An ever expanding aircraft collection, aero engines and a very impressive display of artefacts and personal histories relating to aviation, past and present.
Shambellie House Museum of Costume (6 miles)
Shambellie House Museum of Costume
Find out about a century of style as you follow fashion from the VIctorian era to the 20th century. It's been partially designed with families in mind to help keep the kids interested.
Creetown Gem Rock Museum (33 miles)
Creetown Gem Rock Museum
Regarded as one of the finest private collections of gemstones, crystals, minerals, rocks and fossils in Great Britain, this is also a fully interactive experience with lots of things to do as well as to see.
Farmers Den (< 1 mile)
A countryside themed adventure play facility with great classic features in a bright and colourful, clean and safe environment.
Caerlaverock Castle (7 miles)
Visitors to this quintessential stronghold can enjoy a siege warfare exhibition, a children's adventure park and a nature trail.
Drumlanrig Castle (16 miles)
This ancient Douglas stronghold is surrounded by the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, Country Park and grand victorian gardens.
Threave Castle (17 miles)
Cross the fields from the car park to the River Dee, and ring for the boatman. . . A small boat will take you to the island to explore the 14th century ruins.
The Devils Porridge Exhibition (18 miles)
The Devils Porridge Exhibition
This amazing exhibition tells the story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on earth, when volunteers came from around the world to make explosives together, and win a war!
Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop (22 miles)
Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop
Visit the famous Blacksmith's Shop where couples could elope to be married on the sly, a place steeped in exciting and romantic history. Play areas, some animals and other ways to let off steam are also available.
Cardoness Castle (27 miles)
Gatehouse of Fleet
A well-preserved six storey tower house of the McCullochs dating back to the 15th century. Its battlements command excellent views over Fleet Bay.
Whithorn Cradle of Christianity (40 miles)
Whithorn Cradle of Christianity
Founded by St. Ninian in the 5th century this is the site of the first Christian church in Scotland, later becoming the cathedral church of Galloway. The ongoing archaeological excavation is partially open to visitors. In the museum itself is a significant collection of early Christian stones.
Lockerbie Ice Rink (11 miles)
Lockerbie Ice Rink
You can skate for family fun and enjoyment at public skating sessions with ice discos or you can learn the skills of figure skating with their qualified coaches.
Dumfries Treasure Trails (< 1 mile)
Dumfries Treasure Trails
is one of many Treasure Trails locations in Dumfries and Galloway. They are a fantastic way to explore towns and villages, solving a mystery whilst enjoying a walk in the fresh air.
Castledykes Park (< 1 mile)
A great children’s play area within its picturesque grounds and a range of other activities are available whatever your age, including tennis, bowling, putting and trampolining.
WWT Caerlaverock (8 miles)
1,400 acres of wetland nature reserve on the Solway Firth. Winter home to thousands of swans ducks and geese. Summertime trails, meadows, Natterjack Toads, Barn Owls etc. 20 hides, 4 towers, heated observatory and visitor centre. Guided walks and special events.
Grey Mares Tail Nature Reserve (19 miles)
Grey Mares Tail Nature Reserve
Don’t miss the chance to take the short walk up to the viewpoint, or for a real treat climb up the path at the side of the waterfall and behind it to its source, Loch Skeen. Keep an eye out for peregrines, ring ouzels and feral goats! The property extends to White Coomb, the highest hill in Dumfriesshire.
Red Deer Range Trail (26 miles)
Red Deer Range Trail
Follow this short trail for wonderful views of red deer in their natural environment. If it's raining you can now take shelter in their new hide which is located at the viewpoint!
Cream o Galloway (28 miles)
Cream o Galloway
Our fabulous adventure playground includes the indoor 'Smugglers Warren' with underground tunnels and climbing towers, and the Pirate Ship for Under 6s.
Outside, explore an extensive Play Area including Pedal Karts, Flying Fox, 3D Maze and Viewing Tower.
Choose from 30 ice cream flavours made here on our organic farm.
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre (33 miles)
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre
Calling all explorers! 300 square miles of hills and woodlands, cycle and hiking trails, with scattered sculptures and features for the kids to discover. Also has a great woodland play area.
Odeon Dumfries (< 1 mile)
All the latest kids' flicks and more at this friendly little one screen cinema. Great for a treat in wet weather!
Dalton Pottery (9 miles)
The kids can watch the professionals working with pottery and then have a go themselves. Children's play park outside.
The Happy Potter Ceramic Cafe (13 miles)
The Happy Potter Ceramic Cafe
Choose your colours and tools, make yourself comfortable at one of the comfy tables and take your time creating your very own unique pieces with the kids.
The Cocoa Bean Company (23 miles)
The Cocoa Bean Company
A unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable! Under supervision kids from 2+ can forge their own chocolate creations and then enjoy the play areas.
Lochhill Equestrian Centre (22 miles)
Brighouse Bay Trekking (27 miles)
Brighouse Bay Trekking
Lessons from 7 plus, Weenie Rides from 5, starter and walking treks from 8 years, plus fast and beach hacks, and own a pony days.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Holiday Centres near Dumfries 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 Dumfries and Galloway can enjoy the great day out as well.
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