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

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Scarborough

Time to dig out the perfect family day out! Take a walk along Yorkshire’s Jurassic coast and enjoy a whole lot of fun and unusual things to do in Scarborough.

If you’ve got dino crazy kids at home, then they’ll love paying a visit to this hotbed of Jurassic and Cretaceous fossils. Get your fossil brush and magnifying glass and go fossil hunting along the coast before taking your discoveries to the Rotunda Museum, where you can go back in time 165 million years to when dinosaurs footprints were all that walked on the land.For even more Jurasic adventures along the coast, see where Kara mum of six, reckons the best places to go fossil hunting are. 

An unmissable water attraction in Scarborough is Alpamere water park - it has an indoor section, so it’s great fun no matter the weather. It’s also home to Snow Storm, one of the best water slides in the UK

Speaking of water, why not dive under..without getting wet, that is. Take your little marine explorers to SEA LIFE Scarborough and peek into the secrets of the underwater world. The aquarium also hosts great family events throughout the year so keep an eye on their what’s on list. 

Scarborough family days out would not be the same without attempting to tackle the Terror Tower! Not for the faint hearted this nail biting attraction features over 11 different scenes from movies covering two stories in two buildings. Sound effects, animatronics and actors will bring the action to life guaranteeing a terrifying and thrilling experience! Oh, and as far as towers are concerned, we wouldn’t miss out on the Viking adventures at the 2,500+ year-old Scarborough Castle.

If a day at the farm is what you’re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice of places to visit in Scarborough. Playdale Farm Park, Betton Farm Park are both just around the corner. 

Find your perfect day out

A group of kids at go ape in the rain

Go Ape Dalby

  • Pickering
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Calling all apes! If you’re ready to brave the heights of the York Moors - challenging your strength, speed and nerve - Go Ape Dalby is the day out w...

Families at Rotunda Museum in Scarborough

Rotunda Museum4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Scarborough
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Step into the history of Scarborough at the Rotunda Museum. Spread over two floors, this museum opened in 1829 and was one of the first purpose built...

People bowling at Olympia Bowl and Softplay in Scarborough

Olympia Bowl and Softplay

  • Scarborough
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Olympia Bowl has 12 lanes with its modernised interior, updated scoring system and air conditioning, is a fantastic place to relax and have fun with...

Families making crafts at Pot 2 Doodle Do in Scarborough

Pot 2 Doodle Do

  • Scarborough
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Pot 2 Doodle Do is a family friendly place for all ages to explore their creative sides. Fun, relaxing and creative studio for children's parties, an...

Knight on horse at Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

  • Scarborough
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Scarborough Castle started life as an Iron Age Fort, was occupied by the Romans, became a Viking settlement and reached its heyday under Henry II! No...

Reception table at Terror Tower in Scarborough

Terror Tower

  • Scarborough
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

If you’ve ever wanted to experience what it would be like to live inside of a horror movie then visit Terror Tower! Brace yourself for this spine-chi...

Some penguins at Sea Life in Scarborough

SEA LIFE Scarborough

  • Scarborough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Aquariums

Whether you’re fascinated by sharks or love with penguins, SEA LIFE Scarborough has a special underwater treat for all the family!   There are a...

Paddling boats on lake in Peasholm Park in Scarborough

Peasholm Park

  • Scarborough
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Peasholm is a beautiful park; it has a tranquil lake on which people can hire boats of all sorts to enjoy the water at close quarters. Boats include...

Girl standing on a sandy beach

Scarborough North Bay

  • Scarborough
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Scarborough North Bay in Yorkshire is a great beach spot, and it has all the attractions of a seaside resort. This long stretch of golden sandy shore...

Family on Spy Mission Trail

Scarborough Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Scarborough
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Ready, set, solve! The Scarborough Spy Mission Treasure Trail is packed with devilishly tricky clues and riddles to unpick - are you up to the challe...

Train by seaside at Scarborough North Bay Railway

North Bay Railway Scarborough

  • Scarborough
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

If your kids just love railway attractions, take them on a picturesque ride along the historic North Bay Railway! You’ll not only get to soak in the...

Giant water slide at Alpamare Water Park

Alpamare Water Park

  • Scarborough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Water Parks

Looking for a fun-filled day out with the family? Look no further than Alpamare Water Park in Scarborough with its fast and furious range of slides....

Kids Playing in the sand on the beach

Cayton Bay

  • Scarborough
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a dog-friendly beach in Yorkshire? Then head down to Cayton Bay, where the whole family can explore the glorious sandy shores. Once you’v...

Families playing at Betton Farm Visitor Centre in Scarborough

Betton Farm Visitor Centre

  • Scarborough
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

There’s something a bit special about Betton Farm Visitor Centre.  Spring is the ideal time to visit the farm. Meet the newly born lambs and piglets...

Mascots at Mini Monsterz Scarborough

Mini Monsterz Scarborough

  • Scarborough
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Mini Monsterz is a huge indoor play area, and a fantastic party venue, with some of the biggest slides in North Yorkshire! The older kids have access...

Merry Go Round at The Scarborough Fair Collection

The Scarborough Fair Collection

  • Scarborough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Scarborough Fair Collection has some quality vintage items that have been restored to full working order. The ever growing collection has quite a...

Person touching llama at Playdale Farm Park in Scarborough

Playdale Farm Park

  • Scarborough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Playdale Farm Park is a great day out for all the family whatever the weather! Down in the animal barn you’ll get to meet and feed alpacas, sheep, go...

A toddler standing on a pebble beach

Hayburn Wyke Beach

  • Scarborough
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great rocky beach to explore with the family? Hayburn Wyke is a great spot for a family adventure, and that’s great for little explorer...

Bird at Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park

Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park

  • Filey
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Get in touch with your senses at Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park! Learn amazing wildlife facts as you wander through the wildlife meadow and woodla...

Boys on Mystery Treasure Trail

Filey Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Filey
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Calling all detectives! Young and old, amateur or expert - all of you are essential to breaking the Filey Mystery Treasure Trail. It’s a real doozy....

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