Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary (4 miles)
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
Spotting deer in the New Forest isn't always easy, but here there is a purpose built viewing platform overlooking a large meadow area where a herd of fallow deer regularly gather.
New Forest Reptile Centre (7 miles)
New Forest Reptile Centre
Discover more about reptiles and amphibians here at this unique reptile centre located in the national park. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Hampshire with kids
The New Forest Wildlife Park (10 miles)
The New Forest Wildlife Park
Amazing animals to see, from owls and otters to wolves, bison, wild boar, red deer, muntjac deer, Scottish wildcats, lynx, wallabies, water voles, foxes, polecats, pine martens and ferrets. Children love the harvest mice scurrying around their mini home. “Go Wild” Adventure Playgrounds for tots...
Oceanarium (13 miles)
brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
Marwell Wildlife (21 miles)
The 140 acre zoological park is home to over 200 exotic and charismatic species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Be as active or as relaxed as you want. There are 3 play areas where children can run wild while you take a well-earned break.
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve (22 miles)
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve
Arreton Down is on downland which is part of the main chalk ridge which runs across the Isle of Wight from east to west. It consists of calcarious grassland, with some scrub edges. It contains archaeological features. There are extensive views across the Island from the higher parts of the down.
The Hawk Conservancy Trust (24 miles)
The Hawk Conservancy Trust
Over 150 birds of prey on view at this conservation and visitors centre with talks, feeds, flying demonstrations and other activities.
Owl and Monkey Haven (24 miles)
Owl and Monkey Haven
'We welcome you to come and get to know our friends and see for yourself their beauty,
charm and very different personalities!'
Butterfly & Fountain World (24 miles)
Butterfly & Fountain World
Comprising a series of stunning walk through under cover gardens themed around butterflies, fountains, small world fairytale grotto, Italian and Japanese gardens, and feeding talks at the Koi ponds.
Monkey World (24 miles)
is a 65-acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium (26 miles)
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium
Essentially a sales aquarium but is still worth a visit with younger children who will particularly enjoy the seahorse display tanks. Serious supervision required.
Amazon World (28 miles)
An all-weather, family attraction! The Islands largest collection of rare and exotic animals! A great day out whatever your age!
Owl and Falconry Centre (28 miles)
Owl and Falconry Centre
A dazzling collection of some of the world's most beautiful and elegant birds awaits you, from eagles, hawks and falcons, to kestrels and sleepy owls, the centre is full of fascinating sights and flights. During flying displays the birds of prey soar above the sloping down land of the Appuldurcombe Valley,...
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (29 miles)
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
'The Sanctuary was first established in 1987 to provide any donkey in distress or otherwise in need of care and attention, a safe and permanent home.'
Special events include the Grand Donkey Day out.
Seaview Wildlife Encounter (29 miles)
Blue Reef Aquarium (29 miles)
Blue Reef Aquarium
This award winning facility brings the magic of the undersea world alive. Come face to face with tropical sharks, rays, otters, seahorses and hundreds of other aquatic creatures. Highlights include walkthrough underwater tunnel, open top ray display and the Amazing Amphibians and Riveting Reptiles exhibition.
Flamingo Park Wildlife Encounter (29 miles)
Flamingo Park Wildlife Encounter
Packed full of fun, interactive animal experiences and Keeper presentations, penguin and meerkat encounters, filled to the brim with unbelievably tame feathered and furry friends!
Isle of Wight Zoo (30 miles)
Isle of Wight Zoo
Situated alongside Yaverland beach, the zoo provides a fun, educational and wholesome day out for all the family. Specialising in tigers and lemurs, the zoo works to make conservation fun for everyone with talks, small animal handling and children's activities.
Badger Watch Dorset (30 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.
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park (31 miles)
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park (32 miles)
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park
Longleat is a perfect day out for all the family with its fantastic Animal Attractions, beautiful Stately Home and gardens, alongside its superb Safari Park . With its recent multi-million pound investment you can explore a whole world of new attractions including Penguin Island and Stingray Bay.
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower (36 miles)
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower
Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park 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.
Dunreyth Alpacas (38 miles)
For a while now they have been training their young alpacas to walk to hand; thus enabling people to walk them about happily without training or experience.
Abbotsbury Swannery (40 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.
Earnley Butterflies, Birds and Beasts (40 miles)
Birdworld (44 miles)
Birdpark and gardens covering 26 acres. Admission includes Underwater World and Jenny Wren Childrens Farm. Special penguin feeding times and animal encounters at the children's farm!
Stanton Park (46 miles)
A local nature reserve and country park with a large lake and extensive woodland.
The Living Rainforest (47 miles)
The Living Rainforest
Discover the rainforest's wonders as you stroll between tropical trees and plants, among free roaming butterflies and birds. An outdoor play area allows kids to let off steam, while adults can relax on the sun terrace with a cappuccino. All weather attraction with on site parking, cafe and shop.
Beale Park (51 miles)
Space, fresh air, tranquility, fun, adventure, enchanting animals, exotic beauty and all this on the banks of the magical Thames. New Bertie's Bugs and Beasts exhibit!
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium (54 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.
Bristol Aquarium (54 miles)
offers over 40 living displays featuring fascinating marine life from around the world, from sharks to tropical seahorses.
Bristol Zoo Gardens (56 miles)
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Vast animal kingdom adventure plus ZooRopia aerial ropes course, water play area and aquarium. In the new Gorilla Island house, they are directly above you on super tough glass!
Axe Valley Wildlife Park (56 miles)
Axe Valley Wildlife Park
- is a quaint, quirky wildlife park in the heart of Devon. Animals such as Meerkats, Zebra, Lemurs can be seen here. A personal, friendly place with a laid back atmosphere. Outdoor play areas and coffee shop facility.
Surrey Hills Llamas (57 miles)
Surrey Hills Llamas
Gentle and friendly llamas will carry your picnic as you lead them through the spectacular North Downs. Llamas are affectionate, intelligent and alert and kids really enjoy their company. For over 8s.
North Somerset Butterfly House (58 miles)
Wild Place Project (59 miles)
Wild Place Project
Adventure, play and learning themed around wildlife, with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe at this zoological attraction.
Longdown Activity Farm (10 miles)
Longdown Activity Farm
A daily schedule of activities includes kid-goat and calf bottle feeding, small animal handling, duck feeding and meeting the pigs. Plus, there are lots more animals to see. There is a brilliant - and very bumpy tractor ride (ground conditions permitting). Five indoor and outdoor play areas means there's...
Finkley Down Farm Park (27 miles)
Finkley Down Farm Park
A family run children's farm with all the character and creatures of a traditional farm plus indoor and outdoor play, pedal karts, trampolines, ride ons and more besides.
Manydown Family Fun (37 miles)
Manydown Family Fun
During the summer months we have the A-maizing Maize Maze! This year the theme is Owls... so it is bound to be a hoot!
New for the 2014 season is the jumping pillow, and extended adventure play.
We also have the very popular tractor and trailer ride, inflatables, animal handling, and farmyard animals as...
Paultons Family Theme Park (10 miles)
The New Forest
Paultons Family Theme Park
Now open: Peppa Pig World! A fully themed attraction with 7 fun rides and an Indoor Play Area! Plus over 60 wonderful rides and attractions to suit all ages included in one price, such as the mighty Edge ride and the awesome Cobra rollercoaster!
Funland (34 miles)
offers the whole family a great day out with a wide range of fantastic attractions for young and old, both inside and out, including the supersonic, looping roller coaster, crazy golf, the Klondike and the white knuckle Drop Ride!
Breamore House and Museum (7 miles)
Breamore House and Museum
A living museum which provides a fascinating insight into the days when a village was self sufficient, with full size replicas of period buildings and craft equipment. Plus big adventure playground which also boasts The Great British Maze!
Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum (8 miles)
Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum
This spectacular motorcycle museum houses over 350 rare and classic motorcycles, many being the only remaining examples in the World.
SeaCity Museum (15 miles)
A traditionally historical and educational museum experience, no kids' features so best for older types but a wealth of information supporting local maritime heritage and some outdoor trails to back it up.
Solent Sky Museum (15 miles)
Solent Sky Museum
A terrific range of aircraft and related artefacts, with special focus on the Supermarine aircraft company, based in Southampton, and its most famous products, the Supermarine S.6 seaplane and the Supermarine Spitfire.
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum (20 miles)
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum
The last remaining steam driven brickworks in the country. Come and see our working machinery and the amazing buildings. Try your hand at making a brick. We have outdoor and indoor areas with lots of hands on activities.
Museum of Army Flying (20 miles)
Museum of Army Flying
Is home to an amazing collection of army aviation history including over 40 different aircraft. The Museum has a range of interactive displays, simulators and trails for children and big kids can enjoy.
Winchester Discovery Centre (23 miles)
Winchester Discovery Centre
Gallery, Theatre, Library and Social space with family oriented exhibitions, activities, performances and space to browse.
Winchester Science Centre (24 miles)
Winchester Science Centre
The all-weather family attraction featuring a Science Centre with 100 hands-on exhibits (big science toys really) and the UK's largest capacity Planetarium. So big you will feel like you are floating through space. Watch out you don't get sucked into a Black Hole!
Museum of the Iron Age (26 miles)
Museum of the Iron Age
Museum with reconstructions of life in the Iron Age plus links to Danebury Hill Fort which is well worth a visit as well.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Linwood 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 Hampshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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