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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. RSPB Scotland Mersehead nature reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Dalbeattie

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

  2. RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    A peaceful site with plenty to see at any time of year and a real treat for nature lovers.Look out for rare Greenland white-fronted geese in winter or take a stroll to our hides for a close hand views of red squirrels, ducks and other birds.

  3. Glenwhan Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Glenluce

    Glenwhan has been cultivated over two decades from bog, rushes and gorse to win accolades as one of the best new gardens of recent times Spring is the time for the Rhododendrons & azaleas and all the acid loving plants and is wonderfully colourful.

  4. Colliston Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Dalbeattie

    Colliston Park in Dalbeattie is great for strolling or enjoying a picnic overlooking the boating pond.

  5. Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Kirkcudbright

    Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park has a fantastic collection of native and exotic animals amongst 27 acres of mixed woodland.

  6. WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Glencaple

    This spectacular 1,400 acre wild reserve of the Wildlife & Wetlands Trust is situated on the north Solway Coast.

  7. WWT Caerlaverock, The Granary Coffee Shop

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Glencaple

    Welcome to WWT Caerlaverock, The Granary Coffee Shop

  8. Tinnisburn Plants

    Type

    Garden Centres

    Gradings

    Canonbie

    Tinnisburn Plants is a small, family run nursery situated 600ft above sea level in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. While the nursery business is new we have a lifelong passion for plants and have been developing our garden for 25 years.

  9. 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).

  10. Applegarthtown Wildlife Sanctuary

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 2 Wildlife Experience
    2 Wildlife Experience

    Lockerbie

    Applegarthtown, with its wetland habitat, is internationally recognised for its highly successful artificial sand martin nesting banks.

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