Enjoy great family days out in Edinburgh with our entertaining list of activities to keep the kids amused!
Get ready for a wild and wacky adventure in Edinburgh, as recommended by the city’s coolest critics – the kids themselves! They’ve picked 50 of their absolute favourite things to see and do in the capital, and there’s something for everyone. From visiting the magical Chocolatarium to exploring the enchanting Royal Botanic Garden, there’s something for every family to enjoy, no matter your budget. And to make it even easier for you, we’ve picked our top 10 favourites to go into detail about. So, pack your bags, put on your adventure hats, and get ready for an unforgettable trip to Edinburgh!
Edinburgh Zoo is a top visitor attraction that’s perfect for animal lovers of all ages. With over 1,000 animals, it’s a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most exotic creatures. Watch the penguins paddle, the chimps chat or say hello to Ginger, the red panda. There are plenty of fun and interactive experiences for kids, including animal encounters, keeper talks, and even the opportunity to be a zookeeper for the day! So why not come and spend a wild day with the family at Edinburgh Zoo.
Are your kids brave enough to explore the spooky side of Edinburgh? Look no further than the Gory Tour by Mercat Tours! Led by a knowledgeable guide with a passion for storytelling, this tour takes you on a thrilling journey through the city’s spookiest locations. Discover the secrets of the Old Town, delve into the haunted underground vaults, and learn about the ghosts and ghouls that once roamed the streets of Edinburgh. But don’t worry, this tour is tailored to be family-friendly so there’s no need to fear any nightmares. With plenty of interactive storytelling, it’s a fun and engaging way to learn about the city’s dark and mysterious past. So, why not give your family a spine-tingling adventure they’ll never forget?
Royal Botanic Gardens
For those seeking some fresh air, then a stroll through The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in Inverleith is a great way to get some gentle exercise whilst enjoying the delightful seasonal flora. The garden boasts a vast collection of plant species from all over the world, as well as beautiful glasshouses and outdoor gardens to explore. Kids will love discovering the exotic plants and wildlife, as well as the opportunity to run around and play in the wide-open spaces.
If the weather is kind you can enjoy an ice-cream or why not have a picnic. This stunning oasis in the heart of the city, is perfect for a family day out!
Discover how our planet evolved millions of years ago at the exciting Dynamic Earth.
Let’s start with a bang as we journey through time and space, exploring the history of the planet and the forces that have shaped it. Kids will love the interactive exhibits, such as the earthquake simulator and the chance to step inside a tropical rainforest. So, come discover the wonders of our planet at Dynamic Earth!
Wild West Cowboy Street
If you’re looking for a unique and exciting adventure, look no further than Wild West Cowboy Street in Morningside! This quirky street transports you back in time to the days of cowboys, saloons, and shootouts. Take a stroll down the dusty road and feel like you’re in an old Western movie. Complete with a mock jail, saloon and bank, kids and adults alike will love exploring this fun and creative space, imagining what life was like in the Wild West. Plus, it’s a perfect spot for an Instagram-worthy photo. So, grab your cowboy hat and come explore this charming and memorable destination!
Portobello Beach in Edinburgh is a fantastic destination for families all year round! This sandy stretch of coastline is just a short distance from the city centre and offers plenty of fun activities for kids of all ages. There’s lots of space to build sandcastles, fly kites, or simply relax and enjoy the fresh sea air. Even when it’s cold, there are still plenty of things for kids to enjoy, from the amusement arcade to the indoor swimming pool and Turkish baths at the Victorian-era Portobello Baths. And if you get hungry, there are plenty of cafes and ice cream shops along the promenade. So, whether you’re looking to relax and soak up good weather or keep the kids entertained, Portobello Beach has it all.
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Explore our Local Kids’ Guide to Edinburgh
If you’re planning your family-friendly trip to Edinburgh, you can download our mobile-friendly Local Kids’ Guide to Edinburgh here, or if you’d prefer a hard copy, you can download a print friendly version of the guide here, which can be coloured in throughout your visit.
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