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About Aberdeen: 10 amazing places to visit in Aberdeen

Stephanie Withers

20 February 2018

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Known as the “Granite City” thanks to all that sparkling silver granite architecture, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city! With spectacular surrounding countrysides and beaches, it’s unsurprising Aberdeen is a popular tourist attraction with no shortage of places to visit with the whole family. Whether you’re visiting for a day or longer, we’ve rounded up some of the best, not-to-miss places from Ferris wheel rides at the beach to viewing whale bones at the Zoology museum. Check them out below!

Two boys walking through the gardens at Duthie Park

  1. Aberdeen Maritime Museum

    The Aberdeen Maritime Museum is a free attraction showcasing Aberdeen’s history in the North Sea, from shipping and fishing to the boom of the oil and gas industry, which is brought to life with a huge scale model of an oil-platform suspended in mid-air. Also not to miss are the viewpoints looking out over the harbour.

    A boy outside the entrance to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum

  2. Aberdeen Science Centre

    Astronomy sessions, exploding volcanos and giant bubbles: Aberdeen Science Centre is full of hands-on exhibits and live science shows to teach visitors all about the world around them. It’s a great place to spend a few fun hours and learn some new things too!

  3. Codonas Amusement Park

    Situated right on the beach the kids will love visiting Codonas Amusement Park, which is full of rides and entertainment to engage kids of all ages. Don’t worry if you’re visiting in winter, there’s plenty inside to keep everyone occupied including soft play, a kids village, game machines, bowling and a small cafe.

    Sign outside Codonas Amusement Park

  4. The Beach Boulevard

    The beach boulevard is a hub of activity and home to a number of family entertainment spots, including tasty cafes and play park. At the beach leisure centre, you’ll find a large swimming pool with flumes as well as an indoor ice rink! Close by is Transition, an indoor and outdoor adventure sports complex with a climbing wall, BMX, zip wires and onsite cafe. However, if you’re looking for something a little quieter take a walk down the beach boulevard to Footdee, a tiny fishing village that is full of character. You might even spot some dolphins along the way!

    A little boy sitting on the beach facing the sea

  5. Jump In Trampoline Park

    Suitable for little and big kids alike, Jump In is full of games housed in a vast arena of interconnected trampolines. There’s obstacle courses, foam pits, dodgeball and soft play, making it the perfect place to bounce off some energy!

  6. Duthie Park

    Located close to the city centre, Duthie Park is a true highlight, with large green spaces, several play areas and the chance to go boating on the ponds. It is also home to one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens. Free of charge, you can wander through this gigantic greenhouse and take in the many ranges of stunning flowers and cacti. Afterwards, be sure to stop by the newly opened Park Cafe, which has a delicious selection of lunch options and cakes.

    Two kids on a bridge at Duthie Park

  7. Storybook Glen

    Go through the castle and take a walk through the child-friendly Den and the Glen park to seek out the many fairytale characters dotted around within it. There are play areas, animals to meet and plenty spots to have a picnic on a nice day. If the rain starts, you can run inside to the large soft play area and grab a bite at the cafe. Find out more in our full review of The Den and the Glen.

    Den in the Glen

  8. Zoology Museum

    Located in old Aberdeen, the Zoology Museum has plenty of exciting exhibitions to check out, from great whale bones and taxidermy to fossils and preserved insects. With free admission, you can take your time roaming and handling some of the artefacts on display. Full of history and information, it’s an outing children and adults alike will enjoy!

    A boy holding a map at the museum in Aberdeenshire

  9. Union Square

    Union Square is Aberdeen's largest shopping centre and has a large selection of restaurants and stores, handy for running any errands during your visit. Based in town, it’s a useful place to stop for lunch with the kids and has plenty of family-friendly restaurants to choose from.

  10. Old Deeside Railway Line

    Aberdeenshire is known for its stunning scenery and is the perfect place for outdoor adventures. If the weather’s nice we highly recommend taking a walk or a cycle along the Old Royal Deeside Railway, which runs from Aberdeen to Banchory. Most of the route is off road and fairly flat, making it suitable for families. It’s a great opportunity to take in this beautiful area of Aberdeenshire.

    A sign for the Old Deeside Line

Have you visited Aberdeen before? Let us know your favourite days out in a comment below, or find your next adventure using the links below:

Things to do in Aberdeen | Swimming pools in Aberdeen | Beaches in Aberdeen | Trampoline parks in Aberdeen | Art galleries in Aberdeen | Castles in Aberdeen | Bowling in Aberdeen | Parks in Aberdeen | Ice skating in Aberdeen

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Stephanie Withers

20 February 2018

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Stephanie Withers is a blogger, freelance writer, compulsive coffee drinker and mother to two wildlings, Finlay and Parker. Stephanie is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for dayoutwiththekids.co.uk in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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