Glasgow Botanic Gardens (1 miles)
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Beautifully themed and landscaped gardens with a special children's garden showcasing healthy eating options and a cool adventure play area as well as an informative visitor centre. Very pleasant!
Pollok Country Park (3 miles)
Pollok Country Park
The part of the park near the Centre is full of themed trails and speciality gardens, plus a playground and orienteering. Further out you'll find their fold of award winning Highland Cattle and there are annual family events held here seasonally.
Reidvale Adventure Play (3 miles)
Reidvale Adventure Play
A wide range of accessible play equipment, activities and resources both outdoors and indoors are on offer at this Playground.
Barshaw Park (4 miles)
A 55 acre traditional park located 1 mile east from the centre of Paisley, Renfrewshire. The recreational ground provides facilities suitable for all age groups to enjoy including walks, walled garden, nature corner, play area and many more. Attached to the park is also an 18 hole golf course.
Rouken Glen Park (4 miles)
Rouken Glen Park
Walking trails through the woods, a great adventure play area, a skate park, five a side football pitches and a summer boating pond.
Tollcross Park and Leisure Centre (5 miles)
Tollcross Park and Leisure Centre
Park with Glen Nature Walk, Childrens Farm and Courtyard Visitor Centre plus an adjacent Leisure Centre which has a pool and baby splash pool.
Gleniffer Braes Country Park (6 miles)
Gleniffer Braes Country Park
Approximately 480 acres in size, three miles long and one mile wide. It is an upland park, mainly of moorland but it also has woodland parts and hill farming areas. The park is located just over 2 miles from the centre of Paisley .
James Hamilton Heritage Park (7 miles)
James Hamilton Heritage Park
Offering indoor activity centre, outdoor water sports, adventure playgrounds, bird watching, and fun boat hire.
Mugdock Country Park (8 miles)
Mugdock Country Park
Get involved in cycling, archery, explore the castle or take part in the history trail, scavenger hunt, orienteering or tree trail, plus both a children’s play park for the younger ones and a more challenging adventure trail for older children.
Drumpellier Country Park (9 miles)
Drumpellier Country Park
A beautiful country park, with children's play areas, nature trails, picnic sites, a visitor centre and much more! Open all year and free to visit, with a varied programme of events and activities led by the Countryside Ranger service.
Calderglen Country Park (10 miles)
Calderglen Country Park
A fabulous, full and moreover free day out with adventure playgrounds, children's zoo, nature trails, tropical glasshouses, ornamental gardens and even 18 holes of golf! Pretty epic, in park terms!
Strathclyde Country Park (12 miles)
Strathclyde Country Park
400 hectares of countryside in the valley of the River Clyde surrounding Strathclyde Loch as the focal point for water and land based activities and including a miniature train to ride.
Chatelherault Country Park (13 miles)
Chatelherault Country Park
Over 500 acres of beautiful woodland and countryside to enjoy, filled with wonderful walks, plus a Visitor Centre and restored Hunting lodge to discover. There is also an Exhibition gallery, a café and a gift shop. Free to visit!
Finlaystone Country Estate (14 miles)
Finlaystone Country Estate
Country Park with play areas, woodland walks, picnic and bbq areas, gardens and waterfalls, events and activities, tearoom, shop and visitor centre.
Palacerigg Country Park (15 miles)
Palacerigg Country Park
More than 300 hectares of great outdoors to explore, with rare breeds and an array of wild life to see and plenty to explore. There is also a field archery course, a network of bridle paths, picnic sites and more!
Strathaven Park (15 miles)
Facilities include a public boating pond, two bowling greens, children's play areas, putting green, outdoor tennis courts and a fantastic miniature railway.
Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve (15 miles)
Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve
This loch is famous for its beautiful wooded shores and islands. The reserve embraces five of the loch's islands, each supporting rich, mature oak woodland.
Balloch Castle Country Park (16 miles)
Balloch Castle Country Park
Nice for exploring and has a great enclosed play area, there are ruins dotted about and a beautiful walled garden. Not a full day's worth but a nice spot for a picnic and some kite flying.
Ardardan Estate (16 miles)
It is a working farm actual so animal interaction is kept to a minimum, though they can still be viewed. It's more about the pleasing woodland walks, enjoying the walled garden etc., so probably a stop for smaller, less expectant kids.
Causewayhead Park (17 miles)
Fun for the whole family with woodland trails, an adventure playground, and homemade ice-creams.
Dean Castle Country Park (18 miles)
Dean Castle Country Park
Over 200 acres of parkland to explore, with beautiful woodland walks, an adventure playground, and a fantastic 14th century castle to discover. There is also an urban farm full of animals! Open all year and free to visit.
Battery Park (21 miles)
There are two children's play areas, a skateboard park, and two grass pitches for football and rugby. The park is also home to two of Inverclyde Leisure's astroturf pitches and a pavilion with toilet facilities and cafeteria.
Eglinton Country Park (21 miles)
Eglinton Country Park
There are tranquil country pursuits available here, from walking, horse riding, and fishing on the lochside to the range of children's play areas to span all ages.
Gourock Park (21 miles)
Young children can enjoy the petsâ corner and substantial play area, while mum and dad can enjoy the array of plants and shrubs in the walled garden. There's also an outdoor pool nearby.
Dollar Park (22 miles)
A beautiful park with a fantastic hand crafted play area, 4 tennis courts, an 18 hole putting green, and a bouncy castle for children to enjoy! Open all year and free to visit. Small charge for some activities.
David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre (22 miles)
David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre
Now known as The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre at Aberfoyle, this is the best place to start exploring the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. The location above Aberfoyle offers some of the most spectacular views in the area including a stunning view across Loch Ard Forest to Ben Lomond.
Polkemmet Country Park (22 miles)
Polkemmet Country Park
A quick stop at the informative Visitor Centre with helpful Ranger service will help you map your day: features include the cool adventure playground, family BBQ and picnic spot, nature displays, led outdoor activities and summer events plus woodland and riverside walks. Will you see the elusive white...
Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve (24 miles)
Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve
Breathtaking views and amazing wildlife to discover, such as peregrine falcons and badgers. Great Visitor Centre full of information. Regular badger and bat walks and children’s activities throughout the year.
Zetland Park (25 miles)
Great place to take the fkis for a family day out with things to do include crazy golf, putting, tennis courts, bouncy castle, children's bicycle area, bowling green, boating pond and mini traffic area!
Muiravonside Country Park (25 miles)
Muiravonside Country Park
170 acres of woodland and parkland with an open farm, play parks, river walks and ruins to explore.
Beecraigs Country Park (28 miles)
Beecraigs Country Park
Country Park with colour coded trails lead you through to attractions such as the adventure playground and deer farm. You can cycle along forest paths or ride on horses. Free to visit and open all year.
Almond Valley Heritage Trust (29 miles)
Almond Valley Heritage Trust
Kids can let off steam and engage their imagination in a range of unique play facilities including a simulated archaeological dig, a play mine, toy tractors, pedal carts and trampolines. Nestled in a pleasant riverside site with woods and green spaces that extend for almost a mile, there's so to do and...
Benmore Botanic Garden (29 miles)
Benmore Botanic Garden
In the wonderful woodland setting of the Eachaig Valley lies this garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. It boasts a world-famous collection of magnificent conifers, flowering trees and shrubs. Great for exploring.
Argyll Forest Park (30 miles)
Argyll Forest Park
A wealth of opportunities for hiking, fishing, horse riding, and cycling, all within the breathtaking vista of this wild environment.
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park (33 miles)
Almondell and Calderwood Country Park
Woodland and riverside walks, picnic areas and seating and barbecue facilities (pre booking required to BBQ). The Park's Visitor Centre also has an aquarium, audio/visual and classroom facilities.
Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park (34 miles)
Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens (37 miles)
Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens
An outstanding collection of plants and trees, including the tallest tree in Britain! Apparently very abundant in squirrels, so take nuts and binoculars.
Crarae Gardens (41 miles)
Britain's finest example of an exotic Himalayan-style woodland garden. Plus you may be fortunate enough to see deer with fawns; you will certainly see a huge variety of birds. Apparently it's also abundant in squirrels, so take nuts and your binoculars!
Lochore Meadows Country Park (42 miles)
Lochore Meadows Country Park
With the loch as its heart, this park provides a strong and varied mix of informal and formal leisure activities and experiences including a beach and adventure playground for the kids and a cafe.
picnicking and barbecuing,
beach and adventure playground for children....
Meadows and Bruntfield Links (43 miles)
Meadows and Bruntfield Links
Park in the centre of Edinburgh with loads to do for children of all ages - everything from a flying fox, sand play, swings, slides, climbing frames and suitable for toddlers to teens.
Kailzie Gardens (47 miles)
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. It’s a rich habitat for loads of birds too!
Dalkeith Country Park (48 miles)
Dalkeith Country Park
is an open space with rivers and woodlands to explore. Cyclists, dog walkers and adventurers are all welcome. Please note the Adventure Playground is closed for redevelopment until 2015.
Ravenscraig Park (49 miles)
Park with woodland walks connecting to coastal paths and with Ravenscraig Castle and the Harbour Masters house to explore plus loads of age specific outdoor play equipment too.
Station Park (49 miles)
Boating lake with a variety of options from plain rowing boat to dragon pedalo! Other activities provided are a full 18 hole putting green, play park, and their one of a kind interactive water feature.new childrens play park for 2014.
Riverside Park (49 miles)
Has several excellent adventure play areas plus a cool skate park, pleasant woodland walks, pond, sculptures, and also cricket pitch and football facilities.
Grey Mares Tail Nature Reserve (49 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...
Vogrie Country Park (50 miles)
Vogrie Country Park
is a beautiful Victorian parkland estate which is a haven of tranquillity in the heart of Midlothian's countryside. Facilities include an adventure play area, barbecue sites, 9-hole golf course, over 4 miles of woodland walks, water features, a miniature railway and the Cedar Tree Cafe.
Muddy Boots (54 miles)
is a family run kids' adventure play centre situated next to a fabulously foody Farm Shop and Cafe. With both indoors and outdoors activities including zorbing, giant jumping pillows, grass sledging, a giant sandpit and giro cars, you have the recipe for endless hours of family fun.
Red Deer Range Trail (54 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!
MandD's Scotland's Theme Park (11 miles)
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!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Glasgow 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 Strathclyde can enjoy the great day out as well.
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