Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh
Set in 82 acres of parkland, the Zoo is just three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. You can get close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, and take part in a range of educational events and activities from keeper talks through to hands-on animal encounters. There are great facilities like a wide-range of places to eat, several play areas, a gift shop, and free hilltop safari rides.
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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Perched overlooking the city centre, Edinburgh Castle has a dramatic location. Children will love the One O’clock Gun, a real cannon which is fired every day, except Sunday, at 1pm. There are also historic re-enactments with real live actors to which help to bring history to life for younger visitors.
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Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow
Great for hands-on adventures and days out for all the family. The museum has three floors packed with hundreds of interactive exhibits that will fascinate everyone. You can also get involved with interactive workshops where you can get up close with Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches, make hot air balloons or build your own rocket to launch. Withlots of exciting and engaging activities for curious little ones and an IMAX cinema it is a fun and educational place to spend a day out.
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Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh
A visit to the Museum of Childhood Children is a fun day out for the whole family. Children can learn about the children of the past and look at a huge range of toys and games, while adults can enjoy their own trip down memory lane. There are lot of hands on activities, including a puppet theatre and dressing up area.
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Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
With interactive exhibits and impressive technology, Our Dynamic Earth, takes everyone on a journey through our planet’s past, present and future. Beginning with the Big Bang, children and adults alike can witness the creation of the Earth, follow the planet through its evolution and even catch glimpses of its future. Children can come face to face with an extinct dinosaur, feel the sticky heat of a tropical rainforest and fly over glaciers in prehistoric Scotland. It’s a day out with a difference.
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Cairngorm Raindeer Centre, Inverness-shire
The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only herd of reindeer, found free ranging in the breathtaking Cairngorm mountains. It is such a treat to see these tame and friendly giants roaming free. There are around 150 reindeer, approximately 50 of them ranging the Cairngorm Mountainsand the remainder on the Glenlivet Estate. Visits to the Ratindeers run daily from Raindeer House and the scenic hill walk and feeding of the herd can be enjoyed by all.
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Staffa National Nature Reserve, Near Isle of Mull
The Staffa National Nature Reserve stands out of the sea and measures a half mile in length and a quarter mile in width. There are lots of nesting seabirds to try and spot, including the puffin. You may even spot something in the waters surrounding the reserve, so watch out for pilot whales, dolphins and porpoises. Catch a tour boat from Mull to get to Staffa.
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Palacerigg Country Park, North Lanarkshire
Palacerigg Country Park, which spans 300 hectares, is a beautiful place to spend a family day out and entrance to the park is free. You can spot a variety of wildlife including some rare breeds of pony, along with sheep, cattle, goats, and pigs. There are also wild deer, kestrels and breeds of owl. Children will have a great time in the children’s play area. The park is also home to a museum, golf course, cafe and has 2 traditionally built longhouses which are used to demonstrate a variety of woodland crafts, so there’s lots going on.
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Deep Sea World, Fife
Take your family on an underwater safari at Deep Sea World. They have one of Europe’s largest collections of sharks in one of the world’s longest underwater tunnels. Children can touch live exhibits in the rock pools, and see piranha and resident seals, and anyone is feeling particularly brave then why try a shark dive.
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Bo’Ness and Kinneil Railway, West Lothian
Take a journey on central Scotland’s Steam Railway from Bo’ness Station. The train takes you along the shores of the Forth with spectacular views. They run special events like Days out with Thomas, Easter Egg Special and at Christmas time the Santa Train. To learn more about the trains be sure to visit the Scottish Railway Exhibition in the hall next to Bo’Ness Station.
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