Whin Park (< 1 mile)
is a large play park featuring a boating pond with ducks, a minature train ride, lots of adventure play area including one for adults, plus loos, shops, and picnic benches. A lovely traditional style day out!
Inverness Aquadome Leisure Waters (< 1 mile)
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.
Ness Islands Railway (< 1 mile)
Ness Islands Railway
a 7 and a quarter inch gauge track, with steam and diesel locomotives running half mile long scenic services through the Whin Park with a classic sit astride seating system!
Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises (< 1 mile)
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!
Ness Islands Walk (< 1 mile)
Ness Islands Walk
A great walk in a beautiful part of Inverness city; only about an hour long taking in the Ness Islands as you go, with plenty of options around you to extend the day.
Rollerbowl (< 1 mile)
24 lanes with a good selection of house balls with 9 pool tables and video games in the Electric Arcade. Fun!
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (1 miles)
Frankie and Lolas (1 miles)
Frankie and Lolas
is an exciting new indoor play centre featuring a large safari themed play frame with a separate candy town themed play frame for preschoolers. We also have an onsite Bistro and serve excellent coffee and cake!
Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum (2 miles)
Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum
- is a interactive, evolving museum with nautical artefacts & large ships: e.g. 1:10 scale Titanic, Buckie drifter, RNLI lifeboat & more. Kids can climb aboard all the ships and boats and also interact with various pieces such as an engine order telegraph.
Brewsters at Inshes Gate (2 miles)
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.
inverness City Sightseeing Tour (3 miles)
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.
New Era Dolphin Trips Inverness (3 miles)
Blackisle Wildlife Park (4 miles)
Blackisle Wildlife Park
Visit a wide range of animals and gets hands on in the hatchery, plus adventure playground, complimentary train ride and uber accessible nature walks make this a treat for all the family. Off you go!
Culloden Battlefield (6 miles)
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
Culloden Wood (6 miles)
offers an ideal site for a family ramble, with way marked trails offering either a 3km trip including several local landmarks or a much shorter one in and out of the trees for those with smaller legs.
Wildwoodz Paintball Park (6 miles)
Avoch Dolphin Trips (8 miles)
Avoch Dolphin Trips
Daily sailings from picturesque Avoch Harbour. You may encounter osprey, red kites, seals, porpoises, bottlenose dolphins and many other wildlife species including otters, along with the odd historical landmark for good measure!
Abriachan Trails (8 miles)
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 including a fun fort and a real one, dragonfly pond, picnic spot, reconstructed whiskey still and more besides. And at 5.5miles they're...
Highland Aviation Museum (8 miles)
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.
The Highlanders Museum (11 miles)
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.
Busy Bees (12 miles)
Lots of fun equipment and daily activities for the under 6 crowd such as painting, easy baking, crafts, music and lots of games, plus bouncy castle and oodles of dressing up stuff.
Dingwall Leisure Centre (12 miles)
Dingwall Leisure Centre
Leisure centre with first class swimming facilities and a wide choice of sessions, tailored to different abilities. Great for fun with the family, lane swimming or relaxation. There is a Toddler pool too. Other activities and sports also available.
Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition (12 miles)
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 (12 miles)
is a great place to see Nessie and learn a bit about Loch Ness and the famous Loch Ness monster.
Cawdor Castle (12 miles)
As well as the Shakesperian Macbeth castle there are also three gardens, the Cawdor Big Wood, and a 9-hole 3 par golf course
Urquhart Castle (13 miles)
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.
Highland Museum Of Childhood (14 miles)
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.
Nairn Beach (16 miles)
A soft sandy beach backed by dunes, with a school of dolphins inhabiting the local coastline often visible from shore.
Little Monkeys Soft Play Centre (16 miles)
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!
Invergordon Leisure Centre (16 miles)
Invergordon Leisure Centre
A fun family's 20m leisure pool complete with flume slide and water features for kids! Plus toddler pool or creche for baby, spa pool and steam room for mum, and games hall for dad. Or swap those around!
Ecoventures (17 miles)
The ultimate wildlife watching adventure at the heart of the Moray Firth. Located at the heart of the • The ultimate wildlife watching adventure at the heart of the Moray Firth. EcoVentures offers you a truly exhilarating and memorable boat trip experience, plus a chance to see dolphins and other...
Landmark Forest Theme Park (20 miles)
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...
Brodie Castle (22 miles)
16th century tower house packed to the turrets with art and antiques, plus passageways and towers to explore! Set in beautiful parkland with fantastic adventure playground suitable for kids of all ages.
Logie Estate (22 miles)
Beautiful estate with Visitor Centre, a café, several shops, plus Walled Gardens and spectacular River Walks to explore. This is also an Adventure Playground for the kids. Open throughout the year and free to visit!
Loch Garten Osprey Centre (23 miles)
Loch Garten Osprey Centre
Osprey Centre set in beautiful Nature Reserve offering the chance to see these magnificent birds April through August. Binoculars and telescopes available (low set ones for the kids), plus live footage from CCTV!
Aviemore Spy Mission Treasure Trail (24 miles)
Aviemore Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Discover more in Aviemore on this self guided spy mission themed Treasure Trail. Solve the clues along the route as you explore and save the day!
Strathspey Railway (24 miles)
Experience a scenic vintage trip in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Welcome aboard The Strathspey Railway for an exciting experience at the heart of the Scottish Highlands! Special Events, fantastic Family Activities and Tours await to make your trip extra special!
Craggan Outdoors (25 miles)
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!
Tain Through Time (25 miles)
Tain Through Time
Award winning museum, documenting Tain's near 1000 year history throughout 3 historic buildings. Well worth exploring with kids of school age.
Cairngorms National Park (25 miles)
Cairngorms National Park
The UK’s largest national park with lots of things to do such as water sports, hiking, wildlife watching and skiing. There is something for everyone to enjoy, whatever their age or ability.
Cairngorm Sleddog Centre (25 miles)
Cairngorm Sleddog Centre
Family run working sleddog centre offering a number of experiences for the whole family. Kennel and museum tours, a chance to meet the sleddogs, plus sleddogs trips and safaris to enjoy for over 12s only!
Rothiemurchus Estate (25 miles)
Wide range of outdoor activities including TreeZone adventure playground or explore the footpaths and cycle trails in the heart of Cairngorms National Park.
Loch an Eilein (25 miles)
Loch an Eilein
A lake containing a 13th century mysterious island castle with loads of dramatic views plus plenty of wildlife such as red squirrels and Scottish Crossbills. Great place to go for a walk amid ancient pine trees.
Treezone (25 miles)
is an unforgettable high ropes activity for adventurers at least seven years old and over a metre tall, where you'll be hitting one of two assault courses way up in the trees: the Buzzard or the Treecreeper! Active family fun.
Outdoor Discovery Quasar (26 miles)
Outdoor Discovery Quasar
Play with cool futuristic laser phasors in a giant inflatable Laser Zone arena full of atmospherics! Your helmet, gun and body shield all keep track of the scores and there's zero contact or impact involved.
Outdoor Discovery (26 miles)
With oodles of thrilling activities for over 4s, including junior quad biking, surf simulator, grass sledding, trampolining, laser tag and plenty of snow sports too like skiing, snowboarding and Ringo tubing!
Highland Wildlife Park (26 miles)
Highland Wildlife Park
Experience Scottish wildlife as well as international endangered animals of mountains and tundra in a spectacular setting!
Plodda Falls (27 miles)
In a charming phone and GPS blackspot you can genuinely escape the modern the modern world for a bit and explore the 46m tall waterfalls with surrounding walks and viewing areas. Serious adventure!
North 58 Sea Adventures (27 miles)
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.
Loch Insh Watersport and Activity Centre (27 miles)
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Inverness 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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