Whether you decide to drive a digger, go wild or hit the beach, Devon has some brilliant days out. If you are watching the pennies and trying to keep the holiday costs down don’t worry, because you’ll find an abundance of things to do and see for free in Devon. In the school holidays we urge you to enjoy a family day, because there are plenty of things to do in order to keep the kids boredom away, as well as the parents’. Devon is the perfect destination because, from Salcombe to Exeter, there is inside or outside adventure as well as cream tea breaks.
Your children will have some nice and lovely memories of a trip, as there is so much to explore with the kids, even on rainy days. Whether you want to see animals or get creative, here are some of the best child-friendly activities. Here are our favorite attractions in Devon that will entertain everybody. If you’ve chosen Devon, you’re in for a treat, as there’s no end of fun, which is why we’ve rounded up the top days out with the children. So without further ado, here are some things you can add to the list.
- Plymouth Aquarium
This is the UK’s largest aquarium and introduces you to anemones, sharks and jellyfish, deep into the world of Nemo, and you can combine the trip with a stroll along an easygoing section of the South West Coast Path where you can marvel at Brunel’s four-foot spanner.
- River Dart Country Park
With adventure playgrounds, a boating lake, woodland, a high-rope course, a low-rope course, a play lake, a pirate ship, kayaks available to hire, River Dart offers activities for outdoor adventurers of all ages, but some have age restrictions.
- Two National Parks
If you’re into star-gazing, at Exmoor on a clear night you’re guaranteed to see the Milky Way without any light pollution, while over on Dartmoor you can get away from the hustle of modern life and indulge in beautiful sights.
- Exmoor Zoo
You can get closer to the animals by petting an alpaca and there’s some larger animals as well, inside enclosures.
- The Donkey Sanctuary
All proceeds help fund the work worldwide, so get in touch. Join in the game of meeting hundreds of friendly donkeys in their summer paddocks, at the Sidmouth sanctuary, enjoy a fascinating donkey talk, and catch the donkey-grooming demonstration, come rain or shine.
- Powderham Castle
You may take a guided tour of the castle with its elegant rooms, but if the sun comes out, the Walled Garden Play Area is sure to delight the little ones, as well as a break in the Courtenay Café.
- Milky Way Adventure Park
You couldn’t travel to the Milky Way without meeting aliens. Get some Christmas magic at the Milky Way Adventure Park, with indoor areas as well as outdoor ones, where you can visit Buzzlewick’s Elf Emporium, meet Father Christmas, let Buzzlewick the Elf help you decorate gingerbread and make all-natural reindeer food.