Monreith Animal World (16 miles)
Monreith Animal World
Set in twelve acres of scenic countryside, the animals are placed in a circular route around the park, taking in a peaceful pondside walk. There are seats and picnic tables along the route, along with toilet stops.
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park (20 miles)
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.
The Little Turnberry Farm (28 miles)
The Little Turnberry Farm
Plenty of wildlife to see and pet, and a fantastic range of experience sessions for kids where they follow someone around and do literally everything, to pony rides and owl lessons
Lake District Coast Aquarium (43 miles)
Lake District Coast Aquarium
45 carefully themed and informative aquatic displays + Adventure playground, radio controlled boats and mini golf.
Mossburn Animal Centre (43 miles)
Mossburn Animal Centre
Provides rescue and shelter to a wide variety of animals including: horses and ponies, pigs, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs, iguanas, sheep, cows, raccoons and many more who seek shelter.
Trotters World of Animals (53 miles)
Trotters World of Animals
Trotters World of Animals - home to hundreds of friendly animals including traditional favorites, endangered species, birds of prey and reptiles. A great deal is under cover so rain need not spoil your visit...
Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve (56 miles)
Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve
Breath taking views and amazing wildlife. Explore the site and see what creatures you can discover using provided binoculars and focal points.
Mann Cat Sanctuary (58 miles)
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.
Exploris (59 miles)
An award-winning aquarium with daily touch tank sessions so you can get really close to our underwater friends and it hosts one of the largest open sea tanks in the UK. There are also changing marine exhibitions and other activities and displays.
Machrihanish Seabird Observatory (59 miles)
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.
Amazonia (61 miles)
Amazonia is Scotland's largest indoor rainforest attraction offering a new fun and educational experience for all ages. It's a unique place to learn and explore, offering children and adults an insight into life in a tropical forest. Visitors are also given the opportunity to take part in daily animal handling sessions.
Belfast Zoo (62 miles)
Have fun at the zoo where you'll see more than 1200 animals including elephants and giraffes, monkeys and wolves, kangaroos and lions, bears and birds, turtles and tortoises, snakes and penguins. There's also a play park and a farm. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in Northern Ireland.
Botanic Gardens and Palm House (63 miles)
Botanic Gardens and Palm House
Fun for kids and adults the Botanic Gardens includes a children’s playground, giant bird feeders, rockery, rose garden and sculptures. Make sure you visit the Palm House with its mini jungle of exotic plants and birds of paradise!
Tweed Valley Osprey Watch (70 miles)
Tweed Valley Osprey Watch
Two osprey watch centres showing live images from an osprey nest in the Tweed Valley Forest Park and other wildlife features.
World of Wings (70 miles)
World of Wings
Come and enjoy the largest collection of Birds of Prey in Scotland.
Butterfly House and Seaforde Gardens (70 miles)
Butterfly House and Seaforde Gardens
A visit to the gardens and tropical butterfly house can be the perfect day out for all the family. Experience the beauty of free-flying tropical butterflies or challenge your sense of direction in Ireland's oldest maze or simply relax and enjoy the fine collection of trees and plants in the gardens.
Seaforde Tropical Butterfly House (72 miles)
Seaforde Tropical Butterfly House
The Tropical Butterfly House contains hundreds of free-flying exotic butterflies, as well as parrots, reptiles and other creatures. Children's playground available.
Five Sisters Zoo Park (72 miles)
Five Sisters Zoo Park
- FIRE ON 14th APRIL 2013 CAUSED MAJOR DAMAGE - PLEASE CHECK WEBSITE FOR UPDATE - boasts a wide variety of mammals, birds and reptiles from all over the world as well as an indoor soft play centre, ensuring a fun and educational day out for all ages.
Loch Lomond Aquarium (73 miles)
Loch Lomond Aquarium
A visit to Loch Lomond Aquarium is not complete without a journey through our magnificent Ocean Tunnel displaying over twenty species of tropical fish from around the world. Here you will find fishy facts on our six black tip sharks, two nurse sharks and our very own footballer zebra shark, Sir Bobby Robson.
Predator Experience (73 miles)
Not a falconry centre, and are not open to causal visitors. They specialise in pre-booked interactive experiences for the adventurous of spirit, and those who are just fascinated by birds of prey!
Loch Lomond Bird Of Prey Centre (74 miles)
Loch Lomond Bird Of Prey Centre
A small centre attached to a garden centre close to Loch Lomond. Around 30 birds in total. Regular flying displays should start at the centre sometime in 2006. They also run introductory days, hawk walks & hunting days.
Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary (74 miles)
Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary
We are a small family run zoo and animal rescue centre with a wide range of animals to see including donkeys, goats, raccoons, bats, free flying parrots, reptiles, meerkats, hedgehogs, chickens and much more. Cafe and kids' playground on site.
Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre (74 miles)
Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre
Visit the Salmon Centre and watch live footage from the Cauld: you might just spot a wild Salmon battling it's way through the water! There is also a brass rubbing nature trail, fully restored working waterwheel, and wildlife such as otters, red squirrel, roe deer, badgers, bats, owls, heron and foxes.
Mabie Farm Park (34 miles)
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 (36 miles)
A family fun farm with a variety of animals, a huge indoor play area filled with ball pools, slides and other equipment. It also has lots of outdoor play equipment, trampolines, pedal karts, crazy golf and more!
Creetown Gem Rock Museum (6 miles)
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.
Shambellie House Museum of Costume (34 miles)
Shambellie House Museum of Costume
Find out about a century of style as you follow fashion from the VIctorian era to the 20th century. It's been partially designed with families in mind to help keep the kids interested.
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura (35 miles)
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.
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum (38 miles)
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 (22 miles)
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.
Farmers Den (35 miles)
A countryside themed adventure play facility with great classic features in a bright and colourful, clean and safe environment.
Cardoness Castle (13 miles)
Gatehouse of Fleet
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 (16 miles)
Whithorn Cradle of Christianity
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. The ongoing archaeological excavation is partially open to visitors. In the museum itself is a significant collection of early Christian stones.
Threave Castle (21 miles)
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 (24 miles)
Logan Botanic Garden
Scotlands 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 plantsmans paradise.
Drumlanrig Castle (34 miles)
This ancient Douglas stronghold is surrounded by the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, Country Park and grand victorian gardens.
Caerlaverock Castle (38 miles)
Visitors to this quintessential stronghold can enjoy a siege warfare exhibition, a children's adventure park and a nature trail.
Dumfries Treasure Trails (35 miles)
Dumfries Treasure Trails
is one of many Treasure Trails locations in Dumfries and Galloway. They are a fantastic way to explore towns and villages, solving a mystery whilst enjoying a walk in the fresh air.
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre (2 miles)
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 (12 miles)
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!
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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