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Play Parks and Great Outdoors near to Glasgow
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Glasgow Botanic Gardens (1 miles)
Glasgow
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)
Glasgow
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)
Glasgow
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)
Paisley
Barshaw Park 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)
Giffnock
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)
Glasgow
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)
Paisley
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)
East Kilbride
James Hamilton Heritage Park Offering indoor activity centre, outdoor water sports, adventure playgrounds, bird watching, and fun boat hire.
Mugdock Country Park (8 miles)
Glasgow
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)
Coatbridge
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
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)
Motherwell
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)
Hamilton
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 cafe and a gift shop. Free to visit!
Finlaystone Country Estate (14 miles)
Glasgow
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)
Cumbernauld
Palacerigg Country Park More than 300 hectares of great outdoors to explore, with an array of wildlife and plenty to explore including field archery course, play area, bridle paths, picnic sites, orienteering and more! Fun in the sun!
Strathaven Park (15 miles)
Strathaven
Strathaven Park 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
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)
Loch Lomond
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)
Argyll
Ardardan Estate 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)
Stirling
Causewayhead Park Fun for the whole family with woodland trails, an adventure playground, and homemade ice-creams.
Dean Castle Country Park (18 miles)
Ayrshire
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, all open all year and all free to visit!
Battery Park (21 miles)
Greenock
Battery Park 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)
Irvine
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)
Gourock
Gourock Park Young children can enjoy the pets’ 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)
Falkirk
Dollar Park 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.
Polkemmet Country Park (22 miles)
Whitburn
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...
David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre (22 miles)
Aberfoyle
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.
Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve (24 miles)
New Lanark
Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve Breathtaking views and amazing wildlife to discover, such as peregrine falcons and badgers! Regular badger and bat walks and children’s activities throughout the year, plus a great Visitor Centre.
Zetland Park (25 miles)
Grangemouth
Zetland Park 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)
Falkirk
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)
Linlithgow
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)
Livingston
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)
Dunoon
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
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)
Broxburn
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)
Argyle
Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park Discover the sculptures in this outdoor sculpture gallery and enjoy the beautiful gardens to boot.
Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens (37 miles)
Argyll
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! Open daily throughout the year, and plenty to see whatever time you visit.
Crarae Gardens (41 miles)
Argyll
Crarae Gardens 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)
Lochgelly
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. walking, picnicking and barbecuing, bird-watching, cycling beach and adventure playground for children....
Meadows and Bruntfield Links (43 miles)
Edinburgh
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)
Peebles
Kailzie Gardens 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)
Edinburgh
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)
Kirkcaldy
Ravenscraig Park 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)
Moffat
Station Park 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)
Glenrothes
Riverside Park 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)
Moffat
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)
Gorebridge
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)
Cupar
Muddy Boots 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)
Newton Stewart
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)
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!

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.

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