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  • Children enjoying the 3D maze in the adventure playground at Cream o' Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway
    The adventure playground at Cream o' Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway
  • Two adults and two children enjoy a buggy ride at Dalscone Fun Farm, Dumfries
    Dalscone Fun Farm, Dumfries
  • The observatory room below the Camera Obscura at the Dumfries Museum
    Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

There are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy across Dumfries & Galloway, from ancient castles and fascinating museums to craft producers and more. Whether you fancy a few hours with the family exploring a beautiful garden or want to learn about the past at a clan centre, you’ll find great things to see and do in the region.

Plan fun family days out in Dumfries & Galloway using the listings.

With so many fantastic family days out at great attractions in Dumfries & Galloway you might even get more excited than the kids! From farm tours to outdoor play areas and ice cream tastings there are so many great days out to be had.

Enjoy a memorable experience at Cream o' Galloway and discover what goes on behind the scenes to create the scrumptious ice cream. Book a place on one of the fun and informative tours for a look around the farm before savouring a complimentary scoop of your favourite flavour. If tasting one ice cream isn't enough, you can join the Ice Cream Experience to try a selection of flavours after learning all about how they are made.

Dumfries & Galloway's farm parks offer exciting activities for the whole family. Spend an afternoon at Dalscone Farm Fun and see animals such as llamas, donkeys and pigs in their 'Farmari'.  After meeting various species enjoy the great outdoors with a round of crazy golf or get the whole family onto one of the pedal karts for a look around the rest of the farm.

Not far away is another fantastic option Mabie Farm Park. Collect your bag of feed from the shop and get up close to friendly animals such as Highland and Belted Galloway cows, Shetland ponies, Jacob sheep, ducks, peacocks and many more besides. For a fun way to explore the farm children can go on donkey rides or small children can enjoy a trip on the 'Choo Choo Express' through the park.

With many more attractions to enjoy at the farm parks such as quad bikes, astro slides, boating ponds and adventure playgrounds alongside indoor play areas with bouncy castles, soft play areas, and trampolines you can have a great day whatever the weather.

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  1. Elmlea Plants

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    This family-run nursery in charming Old Minnigaff specialises in herbaceous perennials and grasses.

  2. Drumlanrig Castle Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle

    Thornhill

    Drumlanrig Castle Gardens are set on the 90,000 acre Queensberry Estate and date from the 17th century.

  3. Drumlanrig Castle

    Type

    Castles

    Gradings

    • 5 Castle
    5 Castle

    Thornhill

    Explore the vast estate and enchanting interior of one of Scotland’s finest stately homes. The magnificent 17th century Drumlanrig Castle boasts over 40 acres of beautiful maintained gardens and offers a range of of activities for the whole family.

  4. Cally Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Kirkcudbright

    Cally Gardens is a specialist nursery in an 18th century walled garden, surrounded by the Cally Oak woods.

  5. Carstramon Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Gatehouse-of-Fleet

    This ancient deciduous woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a treasure trove of natural wonders.

  6. RSPB Wood of Cree Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    For a woodland walk, it's great place to visit. In spring & summer, the wood fills with a carpet of bluebells, other flowers and birdsong while red squirrels are busy in the trees. Visit the otter platform, where you may luckily see one in the river.

  7. Hetland Garden Centre - Dino Park

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Welcome to Dino Park located at Hetland Garden Centre.

  8. RSPB Mersehead Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Dalbeattie

    Situated on the scenic north shore of the Solway coast, RSPB Mersehead Reserve is an extensive wetland and saltmarsh area and haven for breeding waders, wintering waterfowl and year-round bird and wildlife-watching.

  9. Mull Of Galloway Lighthouse

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Drummore

    Climb the 114 steps of Scotland’s most southerly lighthouse for some of the best view s in south west Scotland, and explore the lighthouse exhibition.

  10. Galloway Kite Trail

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    The trail is a great way to explore scenic, inner Galloway while looking for the spectacular red kite, a bird of prey reintroduced here since 2001. A 24 mile circular road trip, open all year round (plus 14 mile summer trail in Galloway Forest Park).

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