The Best Things To Do In Essex Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

Best Things To Do & Days Out In Essex

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 1133 fun things to do in Essex for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Chelmsford, Waltham Abbey, Maldon and Southend On Sea.

What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 767 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Essex day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Essex with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

  1. Some kids playing mini golf at Mr Mulligan's in Basildon Kids Eat Free

    Mr Mulligan's Basildon

    Basildon

    Crazy GolfCrazy Golf

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  2. Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail A must do

    The Chelmsford Mystery Treasure Trail

    Chelmsford

    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    Suitable for 9+ Outdoor
  3. Vintage cars at The Cressing Temple Barns in Braintree

    The Cressing Temple Barns

    Braintree

    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  4. Girl on swing in playground at Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park in Braintree

    Great Notley Discovery Centre and Park

    Braintree

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  5. Canal boats at Chelmer Cruises in Chelmsford

    Chelmer Cruises

    Chelmsford

    Railway and Transport AttractionsRailway and Transport Attractions

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  6. Flip Out Lakeside Top Pick

    Flip Out Lakeside

    Grays

    Trampoline ParksTrampoline Parks

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  7. Cineworld Braintree

    Cineworld Braintree

    Braintree

    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas and Theatres

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  8. Walking trail at Brook End Gardens in Chelmsford

    Brook End Gardens

    Chelmsford

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  9. Inflatable obstacle course on swimming pool at Braintree Swimming Centre

    Braintree Swimming & Fitness

    Braintree

    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    1 star rating Rating 1/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  10. Namco funscape Braintree Overview

    Namco Funscape Braintree

    Braintree

    Ten Pin Bowling AlleysTen Pin Bowling Alleys

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor
  11. Indoor soft play frame at Crazy Kids Adventure Play in Braintree

    Partyman Braintree

    Braintree

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  12. Partyman World Braintree

    Partyman World Braintree

    Braintree

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  13. Entrance to Essex Police Museum in Chelmsford

    Essex Police Museum

    Chelmsford

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  14. Bench at Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens

    Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens

    Braintree

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  15. Outside view of Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre in Chelmsford

    Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre

    Chelmsford

    Ice Skating and RollerskatingIce Skating and Rollerskating

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  16. Party table at Rockys Fun House Chelmsford

    Rockys Fun House Chelmsford

    Chelmsford

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  17. Family watching Tour De France at Admirals Park in Chelmsford

    Admirals Park

    Chelmsford

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  18. ODEON Cinema room

    ODEON Chelmsford

    Chelmsford

    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas and Theatres

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  19. Outside view of Blake House Craft Centre in Braintree

    Blake House Craft Centre

    Braintree

    Arts and CraftsArts and Crafts

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor
  20. Golf hole at West Park Pitch Putt and Crazy Golf in Chelmsford

    West Park Pitch Putt & Crazy Golf

    Chelmsford

    Crazy GolfCrazy Golf

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor