Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary (4 miles)
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
Spotting deer in the New Forest isn't always easy, but at Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary 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 and teens.
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.
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.
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, which is an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'.
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.
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)
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower (36 miles)
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower
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 these young alpacas.
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.
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!
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.
Horseworld (51 miles)
Features including grooming opportunities, an interactive museum, nature trail plus explore over eight acres of adventure, with indoor and outdoor activities galore.
Beale Park (51 miles)
Space, fresh air, tranquility, fun, adventure, enchanting animals, exotic beauty and all this on the banks of the magical Thames.
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
An adventure into an exciting animal kingdom set within 12 acres of beautiful grounds and award winning gardens. Plus ZooRopia aerial ropes course, water play area and varied exhibits.
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.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (62 miles)
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
has over 260 animal species in over 160 acres of stunning gardens and parkland. Giraffe Walkway, Lemur Walk-through exhibit, Train, Adventure Playground, Picnic Areas, Children's Farmyard, Brass Rubbing, Tropical House, Reptile House, Bat House and Insect House.
Seaquarium (63 miles)
Weston Super Mare
- is a public aquarium in Weston Super Mare. It is an all weather family attraction committed to getting you closer to the amazing underwater world in a fun and hands on atmosphere for all ages.
Huxleys Birds of Prey Centre (64 miles)
Huxleys Birds of Prey Centre
A wide range of birds from hawks to eagles, falcons to owls, and vultures to kites! Plus a gorgeous Japanese Water Garden. Note limited opening times.
Crocodiles of the World (65 miles)
Crocodiles of the World
See more than 80 crocodiles, alligators and caimans, often through underwater viewing enclosures for eye-to-eye encounters! Talks, tours, feeding demonstrations and photo opportunities available. Please note the limited opening times.
The Donkey Sanctuary (65 miles)
The Donkey Sanctuary
We are a registered charity working around the world protecting donkeys and promoting their welfare worldwide. Visitors can spend as much time as they wish meeting the donkeys and enjoying beautiful coastal and countryside walks. We have a maze, nature centre and donkeys to ‘adopt’, along with family picnic areas.
Birdland Park and Gardens (69 miles)
Birdland Park and Gardens
For fantastic family fun and excitement, enjoy a day at one of the UKâs biggest bird gardens, discover an array of amazing wildlife and family. Situated in the picturesque Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds, Birdland boasts a beautiful natural setting of woodland, river and water gardens that are inhabited by over 500 birds - flamingos, pelicans, colourful parrots to laughing kookaburras and magical owls.
Brighton Sea Life Centre (70 miles)
Brighton Sea Life Centre
offers a fun and educational day out whatever the weather. With over 150 species and 57 displays, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable day for the whole family!
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 (weather permitting). Five indoor and outdoor play areas means theres lots of fun - whatever the weather!
Manor Farm Country Park (19 miles)
Manor Farm Country Park
Step back in time and discover 100 years of farming as you take a stroll around our hands-on Farmyard with friendly animals and costumed characters are ready to greet you. Country Park: 400 acres to explore with woodland and riverside walks.
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
Go karts and mini tractors, Tractor and trailer ride, Arts and crafts, Animals on the Farm, Adventure play, Inflatable fun, Woodland walk and lots more!
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!
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.
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 and hold a wide variety of events on eight Open Days a year.
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 Science Centre (24 miles)
Winchester Science Centre
The all-weather family attraction featuring a Science Centre with 90 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!
Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower (27 miles)
Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower
Explosion! the Museum of Naval Firepower, is a hands on, interactive Museum set in the historic setting of a former gunpowder and munitions depot at Priddyâs Hard, on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour.
Royal Navy Submarine Museum (28 miles)
Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Dive into history and go onboard our submarines with a submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves. Peer into the only surviving WW2 midget submarine, climb inside the Royal Navy’s first submarine Holland 1 and relax in our harbour side coffee shop.
D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery (29 miles)
D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery
was established in 1984 to tell the story of Operation Overlord from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944 with evocative multi media and sensory exhibits.
Portsmouth Natural History Museum (30 miles)
Portsmouth Natural History Museum
The museum tells the story of the wild things of the riverbank, marshes, woods and urban areas of Portsmouth. Many live exhibits including butterfly house.
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
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