Monreith Animal World Set in 12 acres of scenic countryside, the animals are placed in a circular route around the park, taking in a peaceful pondside walk. Best suited to younger kids and ideal for an afternoon adventure!
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park A varied collection of nearly 150 animals from all over the world can be seen within the peaceful and natural settings where the woodland has been tailored to provide large and imaginative enclosures.
Logan Fish Pond Marine Life Centre See marine life and amazing geology at this marine life centre with a unique fish pond. Closed in Winter and during adverse weather.
Lake District Coast Aquarium A well stocked aquarium showcasing the Cumbrian coastline, plus cool adventure playground, radio controlled boats, 14 hole mini golf and educational displays in the Wild Solway Centre.
Mossburn Animal Centre Mossburn Community Farm was originally set up in 1987 to provide help for misused, abused, unwanted and neglected horses and ponies as well as young people with physical and mental problems. This original remit was later widened, and we now care for most animals (e.g goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs,...
Curraghs Wildlife Park The park's natural wetland environment is a haven for endangered wetland wildlife from around the world. There are more than 100 species of birds and animals, of which many rare species are part of international breeding programmes.
Lake District Wildlife Park Over 24 acres with over 100 species to visit, from from Anacondas to Zebras! A great deal is under cover including play areas so rain need not spoil your visit!
Home of Rest for Old Horses 50 retired horses and donkeys. Set in 92 acres of open countryside. There is a shop, cafe and museum. On bus route.
Mann Cat Sanctuary Not a full day and slightly surreal but a very worthy cause: a vast host of rescued cats and kittens meowing about for your pleasure. An important lesson for the kids about looking after animals. Note the limited hours.
Machrihanish Seabird Observatory The modern focus of bird watching in Kintyre, this purpose-built sea hide provides shelter for sea watchers can take place during the worst weather, yet best sea watching conditions. 200 species regularly sighted, including some rarities.
Mabie Farm Park Farm Park with animals and pet handling, rides including Donkey Rides, Train and Paddle Boats. Also we have two indoor play barns!
Dalscone Farm Big indoor and (seasonal) outdoor play areas, trampolines, crazy golf, go carts, loads of little rides and a friendly animal farm. Sweet!
Creetown Gem Rock Museum Regarded as one of the finest private collections of gemstones, crystals, minerals, rocks and fossils in Great Britain, this is also a fully interactive experience with lots of things to do as well as to see.
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura Look out for, amongst other things: fossil footprints left by prehistoric animals, the wildlife of the Solway, tools and weapons of our earliest people, stone carvings by Scotland's first Christians and the everyday things of the Victorian farm, plus learn Robert The Bruce's secret from his skull!
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum Museum telling of life in the past in Sanquhar. Open April to September.
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum An ever expanding aircraft collection, aero engines and a very impressive display of artefacts and personal histories relating to aviation, past and present.
Ryan Leisure Centre As well as the leisure pool there is a 60 metre flume, poolside spa bath, water features and inflatables in specific sessions.
DG One Closed until late 2016.
Farmers Den A countryside themed adventure play facility with great classic features in a bright and colourful, clean and safe environment.
Gatehouse of Fleet
Cardoness Castle A well-preserved six storey tower house of the McCullochs dating back to the 15th century. Its battlements command excellent views over Fleet Bay.
Whithorn Cradle of Christianity The ongoing archaeological excavation is partially open to visitors. In the museum itself is a significant collection of early Christian stones. Founded by St. Ninian in the 5th century this is the site of the first Christian church in Scotland, later becoming the cathedral church of Galloway.
Threave Castle Cross the fields from the car park to the River Dee, and ring for the boatman. . . A small boat will take you to the island to explore the 14th century ruins.
Logan Botanic Garden Scotland's Most Exotic Garden. Because of the influence of the Gulf Stream, a remarkable collection of bizarre and beautiful plants flourishes outside, making this Garden a plantsman's paradise.
Drumlanrig Castle This ancient Douglas stronghold is surrounded by the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, Country Park and grand victorian gardens.
Caerlaverock Castle Visitors to this quintessential stronghold can enjoy a siege warfare exhibition, a children's adventure park and a nature trail.
Dumfries Ice Bowl Competition standard facilities here for skating, curling and ice hockey, plus open skate, lessons, penguin support aids, special family impaired session and cool ice disco! Something for everyone!
Galloway Activity Centre is an Outdoor Activity Centre based on the banks of Loch Ken in South West Scotland. We offer a range of outdoor activities that include, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, wobbly water park, laser quest, climbing, archery and mountain biking. We offer anything from a family fun day to a week’s residential.
7stanes Kirroughtree Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre and local bike hire.
7stanes Glentrool Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre and local bike hire.
Laggan Outdoor Offering zorbing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, dirt scooters, Segways, mountain boarding, grass sledding and the UK's longest Zip Wire! Spanning 820 metres, the double line zip allows 2 people to 'zip' at the same time next to each other up to 45mph.
7stanes Dalbeattie Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a skills and warm up area plus local bike hire.
7stanes Ae Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a skills and warm up area, uplift service plus cafe and bike hire on site.
The Castle Douglas Treasure Trail Explore outdoors as you solve the clues on this self-guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail around Castle Douglas. Find all the answers along the route to reveal where the long lost treasure is buried!
Scottish Industrial Railway Centre Railway Centre run by volunteers with Steam Open Days running most Sundays in the summer.
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre Calling all explorers! 300 square miles of hills and woodlands, cycle and hiking trails, with scattered sculptures and features for the kids to discover. Also has a great woodland play area.
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!
Cream o Galloway Our fabulous adventure playground includes the indoor 'Smugglers Warren' with underground tunnels and climbing towers, and the Pirate Ship for Under 6s.
Outside, explore an extensive Play Area including Pedal Karts, Flying Fox, 3D Maze and Viewing Tower.
Choose from 30 ice cream flavours made here...
Agnew Park A beautiful park with plenty to entertain everyone, from karting, putting and pedal boating to tiny cars and a miniature railway, plus play areas! Some features seasonal but open all year and free to visit.
Castledykes Park A great children’s play area within its picturesque grounds and a range of other activities are available whatever your age, including tennis, bowling, putting and trampolining.
Garlieston Beach and Wigtown Bay Glorious seaside gardens, several connecting beaches (as listed plus Rigg Bay AKA Cruggleton Bay) and woodland walks, sandy shores and safe paddling. House not open to public.
Odeon Dumfries Friendly little one screen cinema with its own private car park, showing all the latest flicks, including some great ones for kids. Reduced tickets on Bargain Tuesdays and Super Saver Days before 5pm.
The Cocoa Bean Company A unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable! Under supervision kids from 2+ can forge their own chocolate creations and then enjoy the play areas.
Lochhill Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons, scenic hacks, trekking and cross country, plus Pony Club, Loan-A-Pony, floodlit outdoor arena and indoor school too.
Brighouse Bay Trekking Lessons from 7 plus, Weenie Rides from 5, starter and walking treks from 8 years, plus fast and beach hacks, and own a pony days.
The Ayrshire Equitation Centre Lessons for tots upward, scenic hacking, menage, showjumps and working hunter jumps available plus livery services and more. BHS trained and approved with RDA facilities too!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Newton Stewart 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 Dumfries and Galloway can enjoy the great day out as well.
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