Devon attracts thousands of families each year to its miles of beautiful coastline, rolling hills and wild National Parks. Are you looking to spend a Family Day Out in Devon? this destination certainly offers endless opportunities for families who love the outdoors. From trekking the Tamar Trail to sailing in Salcombe. Watersports are a particular highlight here, so don’t forget to pack your wetsuits!
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best family friendly day out activities in Devon.
1. River Dart Country Park
Explore a fun, active family day out within 90 acres of parkland at this campsite and leisure park on edge of Dartmoor. The award-winning River Dart Country Park boasts numerous adventure playgrounds for all ages and loads of activities. Including a high ropes course and kayaking. There’s lots of activities which can be done as a family, so parents needn’t be sidelined, you can get stuck in too! Meanwhile you may simply wish to enjoy the green surroundings and take a leisurely stroll and picnic.
Opening Hours: The park attractions are open all year round, excluding 18th Dec – 3rd Jan. For Camping & Caravanning the park is open from 1st April – 29th Sept 2019.
2. Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary
Situated just outside Dartmoor National Park this butterfly farm and otter sanctuary is a really popular attraction for families. Admire beautiful, colourful butterflies in an enclosed rainforest atmosphere and learn all about their lifecycle, before getting up close to three species of otter who love to play and show off. Knowledgeable animal keepers are on hand to explain all about the animals and their specially designed habitats. Finally, you will be guaranteed a great Family Day Out in beautiful Devon.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm
3. Pennywell Farm
An organic farm with views over Dartmoor National Park, Pennywell is certainly a fantastic family day out. Offering free rides, friendly animals indoor and outdoor play areas, plus hands on activities throughout the day. Kids will love watching the pig racing, feeding calves from a bottle and handling baby rabbits. Refuel with lunch at the café, it has a lovely outdoor seating area for those sunny days.
Address: Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0LT
Opening Hours: Open daily from Feb to October, 10am to 5pm
4. Walk the South West Coast Path
Covering four counties (Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset) and 630 miles, The South West Coast Path is the longest National Trail in the UK. Consequently, walkers from all over the world come here to admire the superb scenery, wildlife and geology along the way. Whether you fancy an afternoon stroll or a challenging hike, there’s a walk that will be suited to your family’s abilities and needs. If you’re travelling with a pram, check out the website below which lists easy access walks – a selection of routes free of stiles and steps along firm and level paths.
5. Day at the Beach
Devon’s beaches are arguably the county’s main attraction, and the reason why so many families choose to holiday here each year. The coastline is dramatically varied so you’ll find everything from craggy coves to wide sandy bays here.
Some of our favourites include:
Saunton Sands -a large idyllic stretch of soft sand, popular with surfers (beginner and intermediate). Dogs are allowed on the beach all year.
Blackpool Sands – a beautiful and much photographed beach, this sheltered bay of shingle has calm waters and an award winning café.
Woolacombe – a spectacular 3 miles of sand, this is regularly ranked as one of Britain’s best beaches. The perfect place for watersports, Woolacombe has its own surf school, and sports centre offering kayaking and kitesurfing. There are also numerous walking trails to explore nearby.
So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Devon for your next family weekend, just visit our different Devon pages to find what this destination has to offer.
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