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

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Dumfries

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 151 fun things to do in Dumfries for you and the family to discover, including museums and art galleries, parks and playgrounds and indoor and soft play areas. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 88 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Dumfries 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 Dumfries 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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Entrance to Dock Park in Dumfries

Dock Park

  • Dumfries
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Castledykes Park, now known as the Dock Park since it underwent a massive regeneration in April 2014, is a great children's play area set within pict...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Dumfries

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Get the whole family together, grab a bucket of popcorn and strap in for a night out at the movies at ODEON Dumfries. With 1 giant screen of multimed...

Kids on tractor ride at Farmers Den in Dumfries

Farmer's Den

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Farmers Den is Nnew from the owners of Mabie Farm Park, this is a super country themed adventure play facility with great classic features in a brigh...

Ice hockey training at Dumfries Ice Bowl

Dumfries Ice Bowl

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

At Dumfries Ice Bowl the facilities here include the main Ice Pad (a whopping 56 x 29m) for Skating and Ice Hockey plus a 6 rink curling pad, so ther...

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The locally treasured Dumfries Museum tells the unique story of the land and people of Dumfries and Galloway, with points of interest including the f...

Animals and Outdoor Adventure playground at Dalscone Farm in Dumfries

Dalscone Farm

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

A farmyard of fun whatever the weather is waiting for you at Dalscone Farm. Indoors your little monsters can roar around a multi-level adventure play...

Helicopter at Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The restored Control Tower of the former WWII airfield at Dumfries, Scotland is the centrepiece of the Museum and is now a listed building. The Museu...

Superhero characters at entrance of Mabie Farm Park in Dumfries

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  • Dumfries
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Zoom down an astro slide and hop aboard the Choo Choo express at Mabie Farm Park. At a farm with animals and activities galore your family can go qua...

Ellisland Museum and Farm

Ellisland Museum and Farm

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Love literature? Follow in the footsteps of the National Bard Robert Burns and visit his countryside home - Ellisland. Explore the 18th century farmh...

Goat at Mossburn Animal Centre in Lockerbie

Mossburn Community Farm

  • Lockerbie
  • Indoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Come and visit Mossburn to learn all about the animals - the volunteer staff are always happy to give a guided tour! Mossburn rescues misused, abused...

Twin-towered gatehouse at Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfries

Caerlaverock Castle

  • Dumfries
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold. The castle's turbulent...

Mountain bikers at 7stanes Ae

7stanes Ae

  • Ae
  • Outdoor
  • Cycling

With Scotland's shortest village name, Ae is only 20 minutes from the M74 motorway in Dumfries and Galloway...But ride its trails and you will think...

Triceratops at Dino Park in Dumfries

Dino Park

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Fancy a Jurassic jaunt this weekend? Dino Park does exactly what is says on the tin, with dinosaurs aplenty and loads of prehistoric activities. Step...

Girls at WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre in Dumfries

WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

  • Dumfries
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a day? Get the kids out for a wonderful nature experience at WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre...

Penguin and snowman skaters at Lockerbie Ice Rink

Lockerbie Ice Rink

  • Lockerbie
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Lockerbie Ice Rink is a great venue for families who want activities that are fun, and that can also be competitive or simply a pleasurable way of ke...

Kids Playing in the sand on the beach

Southerness Beach

  • Dumfries
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great sandy beach to bring the whole family to? Head down to Southerness beach, where not only will your little ones love it, but your...

Mountain biker at Heart-Cleft Stane at 7stanes Dalbeattie

7stanes Dalbeattie

  • Dalbeattie
  • Outdoor
  • Cycling

7stanes Dalbeattie is defined by the granite in the area and with a broad range of mountain biking trails on offer you can look forward to a great ex...

Outside view of Drumlanrig Castle in Thornhill

Drumlanrig Castle

  • Thornhill
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

If you like delving deep into history, soaking up the finest culture, exploring beautiful countryside or adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking you'll lo...

Map and booklet for The Castle Douglas Treasure Trail

The Castle Douglas Treasure Trail

  • Castle Douglas
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The clear directions on the Castle Douglas self guided themed Treasure Trail, will lead you on an intriguing walk of discovery. The whole family, fro...

A girl showing her hands covered in sand

Annan Beach

  • Annan
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a relaxing day out by the seaside? Head down to Annan Beach in South Scotland, a great marsh and shingle beach that’s perfect for a seasi...

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