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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Once known as the happiest city in Scotland, there’s a warm welcome and lots of fun things to do in Aberdeen!

This port city has a rich history that is depicted in the Aberdeen Maritime Museum with its unique collection covering shipbuilding, fishing and displays on the North Sea oil and gas industries. Younger children can fill in quiz sheets as they go round, with the museum mascot Granite Jack on hand to guide them through.

Nearby the Stratosphere Science Centre immerses you in the world of physics. Indulge your inner scientist by engaging with the curiosities of the world via hands-on exhibits and live science shows. Children aged 3-5 get their own special mini-scientist workshops where they can learn through play.

If your children are more into the physical than the scientific then Transition Extreme will have something for them! Choose from skateboarding, inline skating, scaling the climbing wall, navigating the high ropes or doing tricks on a BMX. Aberdeen family days out offer high-adrenaline fun for fearless kids full of energy!

Speaking of thrills, Codonas Amusement Park is open May-September and has rides for all ages from family roller coasters to water rides, an assault course and a haunted house! Smaller children will enjoy Smuggler’s Cove, which is an indoor play area.

There are lots more places to visit, such as the Snowsports Centre, Laser Tag, Linx Ice Arena and the Beach Leisure Centre from some indoor family pool fun should you need to escape the rain!

Find your perfect day out

Vue Aberdeen

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Lights, camera, action! Jump into movie magic at Vue Aberdeen, where you’ll find all your favourites, from exciting action films to hilarious comedie...

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Aberdeen Maritime Museum houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history. It is also the only place in...

Aberdeen Science Centre

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Aberdeen Science Centre uses interactive, hands-on exhibits and live science shows to help visitors discover more about the world and the physics...

Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Immerse into the wondrous world of cinematic adventures with the latest family-friendly films at Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square. Share the magic o...

His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Little luvvies and theatre fans alike will have to dust off their dancing shoes; His Majesty’s Theatre is welcoming one and all with a packed bill of...

Transition Extreme

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

If you and the kids fancy trying something new but you're not sure what then Transition Extreme is a fantastic place to get started, with a really ex...

Codonas Amusement Park

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

With an outdoor amusement park, golf, bowling and an adventure play area it’s easy to see why Codonas is Scotland’s favourite amusement park! Step on...

Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Links

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Dive into the world of classic movies, action-packed adventures and animated wonders at Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Links. Share the magic of the big...



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Beach Leisure Centre

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor
  • Water Parks

The free-form leisure pool at the Beach Leisure Centre has fantastic water features including rapids, a whopping 4 flumes and a wave machine and more...

Linx Ice Arena

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

The Linx Ice Arena inside Sport Aberdeen is a National sized ice pad measuring 56 x 26 metres and spectator seating for 1,100 people. An on site cafe...

Aberdeen Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Aberdeen
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Calling all budding spies: the Aberdeen self-guided spy themed Treasure Trail needs you to solve the clues and save the day! Great for all ages from...

Little Monsters

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

At Little Monsters in Aberdeen you can find somewhere suited for safe and exciting play! Toddlers can tumble to their heart's content in their very o...

Seaton Park

  • Aberdeen
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Seaton Park This 27-hectare park lies to the north of the city and was purchased by the Council in 1947 from Major Hay. Beside the park's south gates...

Duthie Park and Winter Gardens

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Duthie Park and Winter Gardnes provides 44 acres of park with long slides, a Winter Garden, Boating Lake, Rough Putting Area, Duck Pond, Younger Chil...

Zoology Museum and Botanic Garden5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Learn about the history of Aberdeen and it’s wildlife at the Zoology Museum and Botanic Garden for free. Hidden away in old Aberdeen lies a collectio...

Jump In Trampoline Parks Aberdeen

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Reach for the stars - or maybe just the ceiling for starters - at Jump in Trampoline Parks Aberdeen. The super springy trampolines have been designed...

The Gordon Highlanders Museum

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Gordon Highlanders Museum illustrates 200-year history of this Regiment from the Napoleonic Wars, India, Afghanistan and South Africa, through to...

Aberdeen Snowsports Centre

  • Aberdeen
  • Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

For those who can already ski and snowboard capably they have public sessions every day on their slopes so that even out of season you don't have to...

Doonies Farm

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Doonies Farm covers 134 acres and sits on the cliff tops between the village of Cove and Aberdeen lighthouse. It is a working farm that uses mostly t...

Hayfield Equestrian Centre

  • Aberdeen
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Everyone has to start somewhere and there's no better introduction to riding for small children at the BHS approved Hayfield Equestrian Centre than t...

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