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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. Broughton House & Garden

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 4 Historic House
    4 Historic House

    Kirkcudbright

    Head to Kirkudbright where you can explore the 18th century Broughton House, home and studio of the artist E.A Hornel until his death in 1933.

  2. Gradings

    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    Welcome to Shambellie Walled Garden & Nursery

  3. Dunskey Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Portpatrick

    The renovation of the Walled Garden has restored the Dunskey Estate to its original beauty and splendour.

  4. Threave Garden And Estate

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Castle Douglas

    This garden for all seasons is renowned for its springtime daffodils, herbaceous beds ablaze with colour in summer and dense heather gardens in autumn.

  5. Tinnisburn Plants

    Type

    Garden Centres

    Gradings

    Canonbie

    Welcome to Tinnisburn Plants

  6. Castle Kennedy Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden

    Stranraer

    These lavish gardens set in 75 acres of outstanding natural beauty on an isthmus between two lochs were laid out in 1730 around the ruins of Castle Kennedy.

  7. 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.

  8. Galloway House Gardens Trust

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Whithorn

    These historic seaside gardens set in over 50 acres on the shore of Wigtown Bay on the Solway Firth were created in 1740 by Lord Garlies, son of the 5th Earl of Galloway.

  9. Colliston Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Dalbeattie

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

  10. The Cocoa Bean Company

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kirkcudbright

    The Cocoabean Company is a family-run chocolate factory where expert chocolatiers make and decorate exquisite treats and you can sample them for yourself.

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