West Hoe Park (13 miles)
West Hoe Park
Park with a large childrens play area, a miniature railway and putting green, crazy golf, trampolines, merry-go-round and bouncy castle.
Mount Edgcumbe (14 miles)
Woodland, beach, park and pond if you're looking for nature you can't go wrong here, with added interesting bits in the form of boat trips, interactive sawmill and 'bat-cam'!
Hidden Valley Discovery Park (14 miles)
Hidden Valley Discovery Park
is an extraordinary adventure park in beautiful Cornish countryside offering Daring Crystal Challenges and the Vault; tranquil lakes and forest walks. Miniature and ride on trains, the mysterious secret fountain and a beech hedge maze!
Simmons Park (14 miles)
Adventure playgrounds and meadow nature walks, pitch and putt course, sports pitches, cricket field, bowling green and bandstand. Plus formal gardens.
River Dart Country Park (16 miles)
River Dart Country Park
Located in the Dartmoor National Park, it has an award winning campsite and is open daily from Easter to the end of September for fun and adventurous days out for families. Set in 90 acres, with lakes, parkland and woods with the majestic River Dart flowing through the Park it is the ideal place to stay or...
Becky Falls Woodland Park (17 miles)
Becky Falls Woodland Park
Voted the most beautiful place in Devon, with over 50 acres of woodland and waterfall walks to explore, plus hands-on animal encounter shows, a petting zoo, animal feeding sessions and a very popular kids' stamp trail (with a free prize for every child), all included in the entry price.
Burrow Farm Gardens (18 miles)
Canonteign Falls (22 miles)
'Home to England's highest waterfall, descending a staggering 220 ft, Canonteign Falls is a breathtaking tourist attraction, and a wonderful day out in Devon for all the family. '
Rock Garden Caves and Nursery (24 miles)
Rock Garden Caves and Nursery
'The Rock Gardens, set in the picturesque setting of the old Palace Quarry. There are about 8 acres of wild gardens, ponds, a Rock Walk with lovely views from the top and a small, but attractive illuminated cave with interesting formations, all for you to discover.'
Decoy Country Park (24 miles)
Decoy Country Park
Large play area with water play feature, plus BMX race track and dirt jumps. Other popular amenities include a lake supporting water sports activities and a deciduous woodland with a trim trail incorporated into it.
Cardinham Woods (24 miles)
is a beautiful mixed woodland, with a choice of waymarked trails that take you deep into the woods to discover stunning viewpoints and an intriguing history. Woods Cafe is on site serving a delicious array of hot and cold food and there is a lovely play area for children.
Haldon Forest Park (25 miles)
Haldon Forest Park
Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there's something for you at Haldon Forest Park. 3,500 acres of woodland just fifteen minutes from Exeter.
The Gnome Reserve (27 miles)
The Gnome Reserve
4 acre reserve home to more than 1000 garden gnomes and pixies. Put on your gnome hat and say hello!
St Nectans Glen (27 miles)
St Nectans Glen
A stunning locale for a family ramble, explore the natural 60ft waterfall and valley basin, search for mini beasts and get some great photos.
RHS Garden Rosemoor (27 miles)
RHS Garden Rosemoor
65-acre garden with lots of family activities, a childrens trail and The Brash picnic and play area with interactive and creative play opportunities.
Blackpool Sands (28 miles)
Blue Flag awarded beauty spot, great for swimming and water sports, many local amenities including a stunning historical garden nearby.
The Den (28 miles)
Green Flag Awarded park close to the seafront at Teignmouth with a large, award winning childrens play area that combines dry and wet play, a multi use games area, adventure golf course facility and football pitches.
Exeter Sculpture Walk (30 miles)
Exeter Sculpture Walk
Over 20 sculptures located both outside and in the university buildings. For art lovers or anyone with an appreciation for beauty.
Rock Park (36 miles)
Offering sportsground, tennis courts, bowling, skatepark and play area with swings, slides, sandpit and climbing frames.
Bicton Park Gardens (37 miles)
Bicton Park Gardens
Key features include the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, plus indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes.
Escot (40 miles)
Ottery St Mary
is 220 acres of natural woodlands where you can meet our resident otters, wild boar, red squirrels, peacocks and birds of prey. Discover hidden forest playgrounds, our world-class maze and a knee-trembling drop slide. The indoor play barn delights toddlers and the Coach House Restaurant serves delicious food...
Wistlandpound (43 miles)
Easy access paths allow you to wander through the forest of majestic trees and catch stunning views of the reservoir and its wildlife as well as enjoying the Discovery Centre.
Bicclescombe Park (45 miles)
Plenty to do including the adventure playground, formal gardens, working mill, tennis courts, sensory garden, special events plus pond and lake features.
Lundy Island (48 miles)
Why not take a trip out to Lundy Island where there are many guided rambles and walks and snorkelling safaris in the summer. Guided tours and wildlife walks available. Pub on island serving hot food.
Trebah Gardens (53 miles)
Sub-tropical gardens with a secluded Cove at the bottom, plus an Adventure Playground, Childrens Trails, Visitors Centre, Shop and Cafe.
Dunster Forest and Estate (54 miles)
Dunster Forest and Estate
Go down to the woods today and explore our beautiful forest, see wildlife, try the adventure play area, walk or cycle waymarked trails or learn about our tall trees: including the tallest tree in England!
Hestercombe Gardens (58 miles)
With over fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, woodland walks, formal terraces, vivid colours and views that take your breathe away. They also have a small, safe Children’s Play Area for the under 7s.
Fyne Court Nature Reserve (58 miles)
Fyne Court Nature Reserve
Featuring nature and way marked trails, dragonfly pond, stream for paddling and grassy areas for traditional play plus a folly that looks like a small castle which is a great base for games.
Great Wood (59 miles)
Enjoy the freedom of space as you explore the forest on foot or by bike. Well surfaced forest tracks means there’s plenty to discover with buggies or wheelchairs. Make a day of it: bring a picnic or use one of our BBQs.
Woodlands Leisure Park (24 miles)
Woodlands Leisure Park
is an all weather attraction, theres something for everyone nestled in 90 acres with various adventure play zones, perfect for entertaining children of all ages! Let off steam in massive Fun Factories, indoor rides, 2 Master Blaster Arenas and Soft Play Centres.
Milky Way Adventure Park (32 miles)
Milky Way Adventure Park
With Devon's largest rollercoaster, droid destroyer dodgems, fantastic live shows throughout the day and an innovative new play space for 0-6 year olds there really is something for the whole family! All the rides, shows and vast indoor play areas are included in the price.
Crealy Great Adventure Park (34 miles)
Crealy Great Adventure Park
Voted Devon's best family attraction, don't miss the fun and excitement of Devon's Great Adventure Park! Fly through the air, splash through flowing water, explore mystical woodlands and meet the cutest creatures. Complete with rides, masses of indoor play, the regions friendliest animals and...
Dartmoor Zoological Park (12 miles)
Dartmoor Zoological Park
There are over 200 animals at Dartmoor Zoological Park: from tiny stick insects to Ben our Brown Bear or Solomon our Lion, all set in over 30 acres of beautiful parkland. Discover something different, learn something amazing and help us make tomorrow's world rich in animal life.
National Marine Aquarium (13 miles)
National Marine Aquarium
The visual spectacular of the Atlantic Ocean tank is a wow with kids: they're sure to get a unique and inspiring take on of what makes fish such fascinating animals from the menacing Sand Tiger and Nurse Sharks to the graceful Eagle Rays to the mighty Tarpon and Barracuda.
Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary (17 miles)
Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary
A tropical landscaped garden filled with exotic butterflies, beautiful birds, fish and terrapins, plus several species of otter. Make sure the bigger kids take a camera!
Prickly Ball Farm (23 miles)
Prickly Ball Farm
Hedgehog hospital and farm with lots of animals to meet plus daily activities, talks and hands-on fun.
Paignton Zoo (26 miles)
With more animals than anyone else in the South West, you're in for a really wild time - A great day out for the kids and all the family. Looking for an exciting day out in Devon? Come in and get close to over two thousand creatures at one of the South Wests most exciting visitor attractions, but...
Living Coasts (28 miles)
Coastal Zoo and Aquarium where you can mingle with penguins, see otters, octopus and seal plus there are underwater viewing areas and a cafe.
Shaldon Zoo (28 miles)
A compact yet hugely diverse conservation park, offering observation of rare and endangered species of primate, small mammal, bird and reptile. Loads of information if you want to take it educational, plus keeper talks and bonus experiences.
North Devon Falconry (34 miles)
North Devon Falconry
Enjoy a day hunting with their trained Harris' hawks in some of the UK's most beautiful countryside. You will receive a brief lesson in handling this magnificent bird of prey and will enjoy the reassurance of being under the watchfull eye of one of the expert falconers at all times.
Miniature Pony Centre (16 miles)
Miniature Pony Centre
- a unique friendly atmosphere with a whole host of activities, with lots to see and do, including the miniature ponies and their foals.
Pennywell Farm (17 miles)
Treat your family to the very best with a full day of hands on animal action at Pennywell Farm near Buckfastleigh. With animal activities, shows and rides galore all included in the admission price, you won't waste a single minute. Home of the world famous Pennywell Miniature Pigs.
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm (21 miles)
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
More than just a petting farm, this is a non-profit-making organisation, which relies on the work of volunteers and the great support of its customers. It aims to preserve endangered species of farm animals and the diversity of British wildlife. It is also a fantastic day out!
Occombe Farm (25 miles)
Working organic farm offering childrens activities, nature and themed trails, a playground and animals to meet as well.
The Big Sheep (33 miles)
The Big Sheep
Highlights include: Sheep Racing, Lamb Bottle Feeding, Indoor Animal Barn, Twister Ride, Tractor Farm Safari, Train & Piggy Rides, Ewetopia Indoor Playground, Battlefield Live, Mountain Boarding, Splash Zone and much more! Voted Devon's Attraction of the Year 2013/2014 by Visit Devon!
World of Country Life (34 miles)
World of Country Life
is a farm park with petting zoo, indoor play areas, daily ferret racing and animal shows, bird of prey display, farming museum, vintage car and motorcycle collection. Hand feed the animals from the deer train and eat home cooked food in the themed restaurant.
Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust (4 miles)
Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust
'An award-winning, evocative museum and visitor centre in the heart of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site and Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Just four miles west of Tavistock the historic port, mine workings and Estate, border the beautiful River Tamar....
Dartmoor Prison Museum (6 miles)
Dartmoor Prison Museum
Dartmoor Prison has a long and fascinating history that has seen many changes in its fortunes. But it is also at the cutting edge of modern penal practice, developing ways to help offenders change their lives and to protect the public.
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre (9 miles)
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
'The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is proud to present the National Fairground Collection. It is a facility unique in the UK, designed to capture the magic of a bygone age through exhibits, vintage engineering and stunning artwork displays.
The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is a 45,000 square...
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (12 miles)
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Tavistock 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 Devon can enjoy the great day out as well.
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