You’ve heard about the beauties of the Cornish Coast but you are unsure on how to please your family on the things to do Cornwall with the kids. No worries, Cornwall has plenty of attractions for everyone. Whether they’re into pirates, plants or piranhas, there’ll be something here the kids will love!

Without further do, let’s discover our selection of the Best Thing to do in Cornwall with Kids:


What to Do Outside in Cornwall with Children

Family Hotels & Holiday Homes in Cornwall

Child Friendly Restaurants & Cafes in Cornwall


1. The Eden Project

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The Eden Project is an educational charity which aims to connect visitors to the natural world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. The huge, unique Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning contemporary gardens and exciting exhibitions and events.

An amazing place to visit in any weather, highlights for kids include the rainforest canopy walkway, a beautiful ice rink and SkyWire, England’s longest zip wire over the Biomes. There are also a huge array of seasonal events especially for families, all throughout the year – check the website before you visit to see what’s on.

Price: ££ (FREE for under 4s’)

Address: Eden Project, Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG

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2. Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

This popular aquarium is good for young children as its small size means they won’t get too tired – you can walk around it in less than an hour. It packs a lot in though, from exotic fish to sharks and turtles. Kids will also love walking through the Underwater Tunnel, and watching the animal feeding times too.

Price: £

Address: Towan Promenade, Newquay TR7 1DU

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3. Pirate’s Quest, Newquay

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This immersive, pirate-themed experience features actors, special effects and elaborate sets which will amaze your little ones. Suitable for ages 4 and above, they will be led by a pirate guide through an hour long voyage, escaping a shipwreck, exploring mystical caves, and soaking up a bucket load of history and legends along the way.

Price: £ (FREE for under 3’s)

Address: 22 St Michael’s Rd, Newquay TR7 1RA

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4. National Maritime Museum, Falmouth​

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Renowned for being a museum that says ‘Climb Aboard’ rather than ‘Don’t touch!’ the National Maritime Museum has a whole host of interactive exhibits and events to entertain curious young minds, from story-telling to dress up and much more.

Highlights include a 100 foot Lookout Tower offering panoramic views over Falmouth harbour and a Treasure Island Play Zone.

Price: £ (FREE for under 5’s)

Address: Discovery Quay, Falmouth TR11 3QY

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5. Paradise Park Jungle Barn, Hayle

Finally, Paradise Park in Hayle is a fantastic animal sanctuary, with a fun indoor play centre for those rainy days. If the weather is too wet to admire the 650 animals and birds, head to the Jungle Barn where you’ll find indoor slides, ball pits and climbing frames galore.

If the weather is dry, the Jungle Express Train operates throughout the summer months and on good weather winter days.

Price: £ (FREE for under 3’s)

Address: 16 Trelissick Rd, Hayle TR27 4HY

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6. Camel Creek Adventure Park

This theme park offers entertainment for all weathers, with lots of rides and attractions to keep all ages entertained. Brave the log flume as a family, or watch your kids zoom down the mega slides. There are several rides especially for toddlers, and if they’re under 92cm they get free entry too. A fun activity among our best things to do in Cornwall with kids.

Price: £

Address: Tredinnick, Wadebridge PL27 7RA

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7. Cornish Seal Sanctuary

A lovely day out for any budding conservationists and animal lovers. See adorable seal pups up close, as well as cute penguins and otters. The sanctuary does so much great work in the local area too – there are beach cleans which the kids can get involved in, as well as animal care and lots of interesting talks and workshops.

Price: £

Address: Gweek, TR12 6UG

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Seal Sanctuary
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8. Roskilly’s Farm

Visit a working dairy farm which produces Cornwall’s most famous ice cream and clotted cream.  The kids will love meeting the friendly cows, watching the daily milking and learning all about the ice cream making process. And of course, there are loads of flavours to try in the cafe afterwards!

Price: £

Address: Tregellast Barton Farm, St Keverne, Helston TR12 6NX

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9. Monkey Sanctuary

Keep your little monkeys entertained at this sanctuary dedicated to all things primate. There are loads of animals for them to spot, as well as children’s workshops, a wild play area, and even the opportunity to be “keeper for the day.”

Price: ££

Address: Murrayton House St Martins, Looe PL13 1NZ

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10. The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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Like something out of a fairytale, these hidden gardens have an amazing story behind them.  Twenty-nine years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were hidden under overgrown brambles. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this beautiful estate. They are now some of the finest gardens in the country, and a joy to explore with children.

Price: £ (FREE for under 5’s)

Address: B3273, Pentewan, Saint Austell PL26 6EN

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11. Jungle Jack’s Newquay

A soft play centre is always a good choice on a rainy day, and this one in the centre of Newquay is sure to be a hit with the kids. The large play-frame offers challenging climbs, a rope bridge, super-fast slide and much more. In addition, there is a separate area for babies and toddlers,  as well as free wifi and a well stocked cafe for adults.

Price: £

Address: Treloggan Trade Park, Newquay TR7 2SX

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12. Screech Owl Sanctuary

Meet a wide range of beautiful owls at this unique sanctuary. A must visit for any Harry Potter fans! As well as watching impressive flight displays, kids can get hands on with the other resident animals including meerkats, Shetland ponies, donkeys and racoons.

Price: £

Address: Trewin Farm, Saint Columb TR9 6HP

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13. Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway

If you have young children who love trains, why not take them for a day out on the Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway? The 6.5 miles train ride from Bodmin will be the perfect length of time to keep toddlers entertained, as it chugs through charming Cornish countryside. Why not take a picnic to eat on board? This train journey is one of the most popular things to do in Cornwall with kids, so make sure you book your fares in advance!

Price: £

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14. Climbing & Soft Play at Indoor Active

A climbing centre and soft play all in one place makes for the perfect venue if you have kids of varying ages to entertain. This is Cornwall’s biggest Clip ‘n Climb centre, offering a range of different challenges for both kids and adults. Meanwhile, the Soft Play Centre next door has lots of fun elements, from a ball pool & double slide for toddlers on the ground floor level, to rope bridges, climbing nets and a maze run on the next 2 levels.

Price: £

Address: Cornwall Services A30, Victoria junction, Roche PL26 8UF

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15. Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre

Admire charming otters play, feed and swim at this popular sanctuary neat Launceston. Learn all about this endangered species and get the kids involved in feeding times too. There are also Fallow Deer in a woodland enclosure, as well as Wallabies and Muntjac Deer roaming around the 21 acre grounds.

Price: £

Address: North Petherwin, Launceston PL15 8GW

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16. Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo takes you on a journey around the world: from the amazing savannahs of Africa to the rainforests of South America. A fantastic day out for the whole family. You’ll be helping to protect the animals too, with all profits from ticket sales going directly back into the Zoo’s conservation work.

Price: £ (FREE for under 3’s)

Address: Trenance Gardens, Newquay TR7 2NL

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17. Swimming at Bude Leisure Centre

If you have little ones who love the water but it’s too cold to brave the sea, you could head to Bude Leisure Centre’s Swimming pool. There you’ll find a beach area for tiny tots, as well as fun features like a flume and a wave machine. Aqua Splash sessions dedicated to children are on every Saturday and Sunday morning. A cheap and fun way to entertain kids on a cold or wet day.

Price: £

Address: Stucley Rd, Bude EX23 8AR

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18. Trebah Garden

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Explore this beautiful Cornish valley garden with little ones, helping them spot exotic flowers and abundant wildlife. The 4 mile footpath through the garden winds its way down to the sea, so you can have a picnic on the beach at lunchtime too.

Price: £ (FREE for under 5’s)

Address: Trebah Garden Trust, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5JZ

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Trebah Garden
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19. Glendurgan Garden

A National Trust protected site, Glendurgan Garden is made up of three valleys which join into one and lead down to the old fishing village of Durgan. A charming place to walk your dog (or your children!) on a sunny day.

Price: £

Address: Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5JZ

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20. Pendennis Castle

Set on a headland with breathtaking views out to sea, Pendennis Castle is one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses. Explore the vital role the castle played in defending the Cornish coast, through its fascinating exhibitions and knowledgeable guides. The kids will love the daily cannon firing each day at noon, and there are lots of fun activities for them during the school holidays.

BabyBreaks Tip: You can even book to stay in a cottage in the grounds of the castle – click here to book.

Price: £

Address: Castle Dr, Falmouth TR11 4L

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So there you have it. Our favourite things to do in Cornwall with your kids so you will know what to choose for your next family holiday break in Cornwall. Bear in mind that the Cornish coast can be very busy during school holidays in the summer so why not deciding to go for the long Easter holidays instead.

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