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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. Cairnsmore of Fleet

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Cairnsmore may be one of the wildest places in southwest Scotland but it is surprisingly accessible and is a paradise for walkers.

  2. Knowetop Lochs

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    New Galloway

    This small but diverse upland reserve - known locally as the Lowes Lochs - boasts a wealth of wildlife.

  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. 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.

  5. Gradings

    Dumfries

    The Dock Park is the oldest park in Dumfries and is located on the east bank of the River Nith.

  6. Ardwell House Gardens

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Stranraer

    Daffodils, spring flowers and rhododendrons are among the many attractions in the beautiful gardens at Ardwell House.

  7. Colliston Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    Dalbeattie

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

  8. 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.

  9. Agnew Park

    Type

    Parks & Gardens

    Gradings

    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Stranraer

    Agnew Park has a wide range of leisure facilities for all ages including a large boating lake with a range of boats, including canoes, skiffs and pedalos.

  10. 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.

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