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Zoos and Wildlife Parks near to Loch Ness
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WDCS Dolphin and Seal Centre (16 miles)
Inverness
WDCS Dolphin and Seal Centre is a small viewing and information centre where you can watch and learn about dolphins and seals. Use our binoculars to watch them feeding from our viewing window, listen to them on the underwater microphone. There are also activities, games, and dolphin bones to explore.
Blackisle Wildlife Park (17 miles)
Drumsmittal
Blackisle Wildlife Park Visit a wide range of animals, plus hatchery, adventure playground, train ride and accessible nature walks.
Highland Wildlife Park (23 miles)
Kingussie
Highland Wildlife Park Experience Scottish wildlife as well as international endangered animals of mountains and tundra in the spectacular setting of the Highland Wildlife Park.Drive around the Main Reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area by foot.
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre (29 miles)
Aviemore
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre Under the supervision of their trained guides, visitors can feed and stroke the reindeer. They are not camera shy, so you'll be able to take some memorable snaps.
Loch Garten Osprey Centre (30 miles)
Aviemore
Loch Garten Osprey Centre When ospreys returned to breed in Scotland, this ancient Caledonian pineforest is where they chose to come. The Loch Garten Osprey Centre provides fantastic views of these magnificent birds on the nest, as well as close up views thanks to our non-invasive CCTV camera.
Ecoventures (30 miles)
Cromarty
Ecoventures The ultimate wildlife watching adventure at the heart of the Moray Firth. Located at the heart of the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation, EcoVentures offers you a truly exhilarating and memorable boat trip experience.
Seaprobe Atlantis (47 miles)
Kyle of Lochalsh
Seaprobe Atlantis Underwater adventures on our glass bottom boat include a trip to see the seals and sea birds on seal island, as well as underwater views of kelp forests, jellyfish, sea urchins, starfish, fish and crabs. Safe and fun for all ages.
Skye Serpentarium Reptile World (54 miles)
Isle Of Skye
Skye Serpentarium Reptile World There are over 50 animals on display from White's Tree Frogs to Large Green Iguanas and frequent snake handling sessions are held. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for the best things to do with kids in the Highlands of Scotland
Robertsons Childrens Farm (13 miles)
Inverness
Robertsons Childrens Farm Our Childrens petting farm is a real hidden gem. The kids can have great day feeding the animals and playing in the play area whilst adults are able to relax at the picnic area with the kids in full view.
Landmark Forest Theme Park (24 miles)
Carrbridge
Landmark Forest Theme Park Where else in the UK can you ride a rollercoaster, rock climb, 'skydive', flume ride, meet red squirrels face to face, walk through the tops of tall pine trees, watch logs being sawn on a steam powered sawmill, wonder at the sheer strength of a Clydesdale horse, explore the world's only...
Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition (2 miles)
Drumnadrochit
Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition The exhibition bases itself on 'Edutainment' and much of the content is based on the national curriculum. There are free pre and post workpacks to download from the site. See and touch many real research exhibits and perhaps meet Adrian Shine, leader of the project.
Nessieland (2 miles)
Drumnadrochit
Nessieland is a great place to see Nessie and learn a bit about Loch Ness and the famous Loch Ness monster.
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (14 miles)
Inverness
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Family-friendly museum with exhibitions and hands-on activities particularly on Saturdays when the Discovery Centre opens its doors.
Highland Museum Of Childhood (20 miles)
Strathpeffer
Highland Museum Of Childhood Museum open April to November telling the story of childhood in the Highlands. Costume, childhood treasures and toys from the past 200 years are on show as well as hands-on activities, activity sheets, dressing-up and play with traditional toys.
Highland Aviation Museum (22 miles)
Inverness
Highland Aviation Museum A must for any plane mad families, and open from April to November, they are a unique facility with access to many of the aircraft cockpits.
Highland Folk Museum (22 miles)
Newtonmore
Highland Folk Museum Visitors to this living history Museum can learn how their Highland ancestors lived, built their homes, tilled the soil and how they dressed. With play areas, 1930's schoolhouse and activities during the summer months there is plenty here to occupy the whole family. Winners of the ASVA Visitor...
The Highlanders Museum (24 miles)
Inverness
The Highlanders Museum The largest Scottish regimental museum outside of Edinburgh. With around 20,000 artefacts including loads of medals, photos and uniforms that cover three floors! Located in the historic Fort George with a wicked view across to the Black Isle.
Tain Through Time (38 miles)
Tain
Tain Through Time Award winning museum, documenting Tain's near 1000 year history
Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters (13 miles)
Inverness
Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters This great family fun destination offers numerous water rides including the rapid river, three thrilling flumes, cyclone, toddler area, family spa pool and an outdoor swim facility too.
Invergordon Leisure Centre (29 miles)
Invergordon
Invergordon Leisure Centre A great 20m pool complete with flume and water features + toddler pool
Playzone (15 miles)
Inverness
Playzone A spacious play facility with seriously fun main frame for the older kids with loads of fun features like slides and clamber nets and a dedicated toddler section.
Brewsters at Inshes Gate (15 miles)
Inverness
Brewsters at Inshes Gate Attached to a kid friendly restaurant, this isn't a full day out but will certainly keep them happy long enough to have food cooked. Indoor and outdoor play areas with classic features like slides and climbing frames.
RunAround (20 miles)
Dingwall
RunAround A cafe and play area for under 5s!
Little Monkeys Soft Play Centre (28 miles)
Alness
Little Monkeys Soft Play Centre A multi level adventure wonderland set inside a community leisure centre, with features including a vertical climbing maze packed full of fun equipment, a dedicated toddler and baby zone plus The Hot Spot interactive sensory room too!
Urquhart Castle (< 1 mile)
Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle Once one of Scotlands largest castles, Urquhart remains include a tower house that commands splendid views. The visitor centre contains retail, interpretation area, audio-visual presentation and tearoom and toilets.
Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum (14 miles)
Inverness
Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum is a interactive and evolving maritime museum with nautical artifacts, large model ships and submarines made from improvised recycled materials. Kids can climb aboard all the ships and boats and also interact with various pieces such as an engine order telegraph.
Culloden Battlefield (18 miles)
Inverness
Culloden Battlefield This battlefield marks the site of the historic 1746 battle between the Duke of Cumberland and Prince Charles. One of many interesting family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Inverness with kids.
Brodie Castle (34 miles)
Forres
Brodie Castle Set in peaceful parkland, this fine 16th-century tower house is packed with enough art and antiques to keep connoisseurs happy all day. Children’s quiz and adventure play fort (suitable for children aged 5 years and over)
Eilean Donan Castle (39 miles)
Kyle of Lochalsh
Eilean Donan Castle You can explore almost every part of the Castle from the banqueting Hall to the bedrooms. You`ll be following in the footsteps of many a warrior - from the Vikings to James Bond, from Jacobites to The Highlanders.
Nevis Range (38 miles)
Fort William
Nevis Range Let Britain's only mountain gondola transport you effortlessly to 650m where you can choose from high wires, mountain biking and seasonal skiing and snowboarding with a variety of green and blue runs suitable for youngsters, with junior lessons available.
Monster Activities (23 miles)
Spean Bridge
Monster Activities Whitewater Rafting, Mountain Bikes, Water Sports, Target Sports, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Abseiling, Archery and many more outdoor activities. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for the best things to do with kids in the Highlands of Scotland
Loch Insh Watersport and Activity Centre (24 miles)
Kincraig
Loch Insh Watersport and Activity Centre Water sports include sailing, rowing, fishing, paddle boats and pedalos; dry activities include archery, play parks, and a dry ski slope, plus nature hike and bike trails.
Rothiemurchus Estate (26 miles)
Inverness
Rothiemurchus Estate Wide range of outdoor activities including TreeZone adventure playground or explore the footpaths and cycle trails in the heart of Cairngorms National Park.
Treezone (26 miles)
Aviemore
Treezone Zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tight-ropes, scramble nets, white knuckle bridges and gap jumps are set in the ancient Caledonian Pines of the Cairngorm Mountains. TreeZone is an unforgettable activity for adventurers at least 7 years old and 1.1m tall
Craggan Outdoors (31 miles)
Grantown-on-Spey
Craggan Outdoors One of the widest ranges of outdoor activities available in the Scottish Highlands including archery, art, indoor wall and outside climbing, golf, high ropes, mini quads, mountain biking, pony trekking, raft building, River Spey canoe trips, white water rafting and kayaking! Wow!
Wildwoodz Paintball Park (18 miles)
Inverness
Wildwoodz Paintball Park Outdoor gaming venue designed for battle from paintball, to laser strike and archery.
Dingwall Leisure Centre (20 miles)
Dingwall
Dingwall Leisure Centre Dingwall Leisure Centre offers first-class swimming facilities and a wide choice of sessions, tailor made to suit most requirements. Whether it's fun with the family, lane swimming or relaxation you'll find exactly what you're looking for right here.
Cairngorm Sleddog Centre (29 miles)
Aviemore
Cairngorm Sleddog Centre Situated in Aviemore, at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountain Range, The Cairngorm Sleddog Centre offers a wide range of activities for the whole family. From Kennel & Museum Tours to Sleddog Trips and Safaris.
Wilderness Guides Canoeing (39 miles)
Fort William
Wilderness Guides Canoeing is a dedicated canoe company offering fantastic guided day and overnight trips on the beautiful lochs and rivers near Fort William. Canoeing is a safe and fun activity for all the family. Many of the lochs are sheltered, which makes for an easy introduction to canoeing for beginners and children. For 8+.
Rollerbowl (14 miles)
Inverness
Rollerbowl 24 lanes with a good selection of house balls with 9 pool tables and a good selection of arcade games
Inverness Treasure Trail (15 miles)
Inverness
Inverness Treasure Trail A walking mystery themed Treasure Trail around Inverness. The trail is around 2.5 miles long and should take around 2 hours to complete.
inverness City Sightseeing Tour (15 miles)
Inverness
inverness City Sightseeing Tour This open top bus tour provides an extensive look at the city and the surrounding area. Pick from the Town Tour, the Inverness and Culloden Moor Tour, or the new Loch Ness Monster Tour. The tours depart regularly from the tourist office and range from 30 minutes to 3 hours.
Aviemore Spy Mission Treasure Trail (25 miles)
Aviemore
Aviemore Spy Mission Treasure Trail is a fantastic, inexpensive and quirky way to explore the area. Follow the Directions, Solve the Clues and See the Sights!
North 58 Sea Adventures (40 miles)
Forres
North 58 Sea Adventures is a wildlife boat trip business offering truly amazing experiences on the Moray Firth. Little adventurers explore the coastline as well as discovering plenty of amazing and abundant wildlife. Dolphins, whales, porpoises, sharks, seals and birds are all on display in their natural environment.
Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises (13 miles)
Inverness
Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises Set a course for adventure with award winning family cruises, tours and charters on the lovely Loch Ness. Check the depths for Nessie herself using the Jacobite sonar equipment!
New Era Dolphin Trips Inverness (15 miles)
Inverness
New Era Dolphin Trips Inverness a cruise by solar-powered boat on the Beauly Firth near Inverness. Duration about 30 to 40 minutes.
Strathspey Railway (25 miles)
Aviemore
Strathspey Railway Join Scotland's premier heritage railway for a trip like no other through the heart of the Scottish Highlands! Treasure Trails, Fantastic Family Adventures, Exclusive Dining, Vintage Tours and Special Events await your visit to the Cairngorms!
CairnGorm Mountain (32 miles)
Aviemore
CairnGorm Mountain Explore Britains 6th highest mountain with an exciting 1.8km ride on the UKs highest mountain railway. If we have snow, have a slide about. If not, take a guided walk to the summit or take the mountain bike descent. A great day either way!
Abriachan Trails (5 miles)
Abriachan
Abriachan Trails An excellent woodland and moorland walk using trails laid out by the Abriachan Forest Community Trust. Good views and a great many interesting things to see for the kids
Whin Park (13 miles)
Inverness
Whin Park - a large play park for children of all ages. It has a boating pond, complete with ducks, a minature train ride, shop and toilets, along with lots of adventure play park features for children. There are also picnic benches

Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Loch Ness 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 Highlands can enjoy the great day out as well.



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