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

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Ballater

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 179 fun things to do in Ballater for you and the family to discover, including museums and art galleries, parks and playgrounds and beaches. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 102 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Ballater 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 Ballater 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!

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Outside view of The Old Royal Station at Ballater

The Old Royal Station

  • Ballater
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The Old Royal Station can be found at Ballater, a picturesque Victorian village in the heart of Royal Deeside. Its rich history and royal connections...

Sunset at Muir of Dinnet in Aboyne

Muir of Dinnet

  • Aboyne
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Muir of Dinnet gives you a chance to see several different habitats and their wildlife all in one place. You can wander through birch woodlands, watc...

Classic cars at Balmoral Castle in Ballater

Balmoral Castle

  • Ballater
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

The Balmoral Castle Estate extends to just over 50,000 acres of heather clad hills, ancient Caledonian woodland and of course the beautiful River Dee...

Kids caring for pony at Belwade Farm World Horse Welfare in Aboyne

Belwade Farm World Horse Welfare

  • Aboyne
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

One word: ponies! Kids who simply can't get enough of these four legged friends will be begging for a visit to Belwade Farm World Horse Welfare. Hors...

Kids go kart racing at Deeside Activity Park in Aboyne

Deeside Activity Park

  • Aboyne
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Venture into the great outdoors at Deeside Activity Park and discover a day out that will entertain the whole family. This is an activity park with s...

Sign to Glenesk Retreat and Folk Museum in Tarfside

Glenesk Retreat and Folk Museum

  • Tarfside
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Glenesk Retreat and Folk Museum is a centre for the community of Glenesk, the east-most of the inspiring glens of Angus and is home to a folk museum,...

Family at Braemar Castle

Braemar Castle

  • Braemar
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Braemar Castle is an awesome looking place where you can enjoy a guided tour, learning about colourful characters, villains and ghosts, and Jacobites...

Mum and baby in war zone at Craigievar Castle in Alford

Craigievar Castle

  • Alford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

The Craigievar Castle is a fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, seems on first glance to have grown naturally out of t...

A little girl climbing at Go Ape

Go Ape Aberdeen

  • Banchory
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Feel like royalty as you clamber through the trees at Go Ape Aberdeen, the ultimate high ropes adventure nestled amongst the grounds of this 16th cen...

Kids on slides at Tick Tock Play in Aberdeen

Tick Tock Play

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Tick Tock Play is a Soft Play Centre catering for 0 to 10 years with seperate areas for Babies, Toddlers and Juniors so each child can make the most...

Ski lifts at Glenshee Ski Centre in Braemar

Glenshee Ski Centre

  • Braemar
  • Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Glenshee 's impressive 22 lifts and 36 runs offer an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. Beginners and...

Visitors on vehicle on Grampian Transport Museum in Alford

Grampian Transport Museum

  • Alford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Grampian Transport Museum has dramatic displays, cool push button exhibits and multi-media presentations depict the history of road travel in the reg...

People riding horses in river at Tomintoul Riding Centre

Tomintoul Riding Centre

  • Tomintoul
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

TRSS approved Tomintoul Riding Centre offer guided off road 1 hr or half day treks as well as day long trail rides and 6 day trail riding holidays, a...

Horses at Redwings Horse Sanctuary Mountains in Forfar

Redwings Horse Sanctuary Mountain

  • Forfar
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Redwings Mountains provides a place of sanctuary to 90 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Here animal lovers can get up close and cuddly with...

Fountain at Crathes Castle Garden and Estate in Aberdeen

Crathes Castle Garden and Estate

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

The Crathes Castle Garden and Estate is arguably one of the most beautiful and best preserved Castle and Tower Houses in Scotland it's also surrounde...

Reception desk at Battle Grounds Paintball in Aberdeen

Battle Grounds Paintball

  • Aberdeen
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Paintballing

Battle Grounds Paintball has five zones in which to fight the enemy. From the ‘Village of the Damned' with its church and graveyard to ‘Behind Enemy...

Paintball players at Battle Scotland in Aberdeen

Battle Scotland

  • Aberdeen
  • Outdoor
  • Laser Tag

Battle Scotland Laser Tag is a combination of high tech laser guns with classic hide and seek principles! The missions get more complicated than that...

Outside view of Castle Fraser in Aberdeen

Castle Fraser

  • Aberdeen
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Castle Fraser is a castle with 140 hectares of countryside to enjoy with woodland trails, walled garden, adventure playground and castle to explore....

View from CairnGorm Mountain in Aviemore

CairnGorm Mountain

  • Aviemore
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The railway at CairnGorm Mountain is an exciting way to see this unique area. Look out for reindeer and some of Britains most famous birds. At the to...

Reindeer at Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Aviemore

Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

  • Aviemore
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

There are currently around 150 reindeer at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, approximately 50 of them ranging the Cairngorm Mountains and the remainder...

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