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

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In York

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you'll find this list of awesome things to do in York to be quite the treat!

You won’t need a golden ticket for a tour around York’s Chocolate Story, where you can learn all about how the local chocolate is made and make some of your own. Here’s a video review of a family day out at York’s Chocolate Story to help you imagine the experience. 

More chocolate-themed excitement awaits along the York Chocolate and Sweet Treasure Trail where you need to follow the clues and discover more delicious morsels on the way!

With all that sugar running through their system, your little ones will have plenty of energy to run around and explore Web Adventure Park - an action-packed indoor and outdoor play area, it’s one of the best family attractions in York. 

Budding archeologists will love DIG, which is the ideal place to master those fossil brushing skills and learn all about what it takes to excavate ancient artifacts from York’s 2,000-year history. Speaking of York’s history, did you know that York used to be a Viking land once? 

Go on a time-travelling adventure on your next family day out in York and find all about the ferocious Vikings at JORVIK Viking Centre. Hungry for even more trips back in time? Check out York Castle Museum or enjoy a FREE day out in York at the award-winning National Railway Museum. It’s a multiple Family Favourites Awards winner! 

York is a great place for seasonal fun too. In the summer, we love getting lost in York Maze, the UK’s largest maize maze, while in winter, we can’t wait to put our skates on at The Ice Factory, which by the way, works as a funfair the rest of the year. 


Want even more ideas? Here are 5 free things to do in York, 15 things to do in York with kids and 10 hidden Yorkshire gems, all suggested by our team of Trusted Explorers.

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Passengers on City Sightseeing York Hop on Hop off Tour bus

City Sightseeing York Hop on Hop off Tour

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

York is a medieval city with stunning views and a healthy dose of Viking influence for good measure. See it all on a City Sightseeing York Hop on Hop...

Boy with VR headset on at Play It VR

Play It VR

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Make new memories in a whole new world at Play It VR, where there’s over 80 virtual reality games for you to jump into. There’s an enormous mix of po...

Kids on balance beam at Energi Trampoline Park York

Energi Trampoline Park York

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

At Energi Trampoline Park York imagine how much fun you, your family and friends can have together in a gigantic indoor park filled wall to wall with...

Boy on go kart at York MotorSports Village in York

York MotorSports Village

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

York MotorSports Village is a race themed indoor Go karting centre and proud winners of The Visit York Tourism Awards: Visitor Attraction of the Year...

Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

Vue York

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Young and old alike, the cinema has always been a classic day out. Jump into movie magic at Vue York, where you’ll find all your favourites, from exc...

Baby girl at Wacky Warehouse - Flying Legends in York

Wacky Warehouse - Flying Legends

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The air conditioned Wacky Warehouse at the Flying Legends has plenty of colourful modern adventure play equipment crammed into a vertical climbing ma...

Tenpin York

Tenpin York

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Looking for something right up your alley? Discover Tenpin York, and enjoy a day out that will knock the socks off your little bowlers! Anyone can ha...

Cyclists at Cycle the Solar System in York

Cycle the Solar System

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Cycling

This scale model of the Solar System is spread out along 6.4 miles, which is a ratio of 575,872,239 to 1, which makes the speed of light just 1.16 mp...

Kids play in water at The Web Adventure Park in York

The Web Adventure Park

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

You might think The Web Adventure Park is all about spiders, however the only thing here with eight legs is a family of four! The Creepy Crawlies her...

Merry go round at The Ice Factor York

The Ice Factor York

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

The Ice Factor is the north of England's biggest outdoor 100% real ice rink and has been in the city for over 15 years! Surrounded by an illuminated...

Finished crafts at Pots and Whatnots in York

Pots and Whatnots

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Pots and Whatnots Pots and Whatnots is a family friendly Paint your own Pottery Studio situated in Bishopthorpe, just outside of York City Centre. We...

People digging at Yorkshire Museum of Farming in York

Yorkshire Museum of Farming

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Yorkshire Museum of Farming is a great family attraction located in the 16 acre rural setting of Murton Park just outside York that covers the divers...

Kids at Derwent Valley Light Railway in York

Derwent Valley Light Railway

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The Derwent Valley Light Railway, which is also known as The Blackberry Line, is a heritage railway line running on about half a mile of the original...

A young girl hides behind her raccoon mask that she's created at Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park

Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Animal lovers and science buffs alike will jump at a chance to visit Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park. All sorts of curious creatures ca...

Family in maze at York Maze

York Maze5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Do you have the sense of direction of a goldfish? Then you may find York Maze a bit of a challenge! The largest, award-winning UK maze is made from o...

Golf course at Crazy Golf @ York Golf Range

York Golf Range

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

Fancy a quick game of mini golf in York? Play a round at the crazy golf course at York Golf Range. Face many obstacles, including loop-the-loop and w...

Piglets Adventure Farm Park

Piglets Adventure Farm Park5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Towthorpe
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Meet, pet and feed goats, cows, donkeys and of course - pigs. Make sure to stop by the Piglet Maternity Ward to see expectant mums and their piglets....

Aerial view of aircraft displays at Yorkshire Air Museum in York

Yorkshire Air Museum

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Experience the tremendous atmosphere of the award-winning Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial whilst admiring fascinating displays, s...

PYO Strawberries at The Balloon Tree Farmshop & Cafe in York

The Balloon Tree Farmshop & Cafe

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Fresh fruit, farm animals and a fun playground for the little ones - The Balloon Tree Farmshop & Cafe is a great place to visit on your day out w...

Falcons at York Bird of Prey Centre in Huby

York Bird of Prey Centre

  • Easingwold
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

York Bird of Prey Centre is fantastic for nature lovers as you have the chance to get really close to these stunning birds, most of which have been h...

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